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Element is broken in two on one side, do not want to pull hard on it and break the other side off inside. bad corrosion

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Not enough information on type of heater.
If you have tankless water heater, I doubt that a heater with that amount of crud will operate again. Let us know what happens.

If you have tank-type, then pull the element out.
If it breaks off, it breaks off.
Then use shop vac to clean out the sediment.
Loose parts left inside the tank can bang around, but you will replace the heater in a few years anyway, and you have to remove the bad element or replace the heater today.

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