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There is a lot of free information to help you solve problems, make water heaters last, and to help you decide what products you need. Those include the Basics section and buying guides for sacrificial anodes, powered anodes, sediment flush tools and Water Heater Rescuer kits. If you're in a hurry, or still confused even after reading it, you can buy a consultation for $30 and I'll scope out your situation and make recommendations. Occasionally, what you need is a simple fix that doesn't involve buying a product, so this can be useful. -- Randy Schuyler

PREFIT/RETROFIT KITS FOR LONGEVITY

 

Water Heater Rescuer Kit 6-Inch Combo
with SOLID COMBO magnesium anode rod with 6-INCH nipple, sediment flush kit and Water Heater Workbook. For heaters with up to 4.5 Inches of insulation. Specify tank height from the cover to the drain valve by e-mail when ordering.
SKU1 $117
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Water Heater Rescuer Kit 4-Inch Combo
with SOLID COMBO magnesium anode rod with 4-INCH nipple, sediment flush kit and Water Heater Workbook. For heaters with up to 2.5 Inches of insulation (R20). Specify tank height from the cover to the drain valve by e-mail when ordering.
SKU2 $109
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Water Heater Rescuer Kit Hex
with SOLID HEX-HEAD .90-inch-diameter magnesium anode rod (45 percent more than most factory anodes), sediment flush kit and Water Heater Workbook. Specify tank height from the cover to the drain valve by e-mail when ordering.
SKU3 $114
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Water Heater Rescuer Kit Combo Flex 4-inch
with FLEXIBLE COMBO .90-inch-diameter magnesium anode rod with 4-inch pipe nipple, sediment flush kit and Water Heater Workbook. Specify tank height from the cover to the drain valve by e-mail when ordering.
SKU4 $124
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Water Heater Rescuer Kit Combo Flex 6-inch
with FLEXIBLE COMBO .90-inch-diameter magnesium anode rod with 6-inch pipe nipple, sediment flush kit and Water Heater Workbook. Specify tank height from the cover to the drain valve by e-mail when ordering.
SKU6 $132
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Water Heater Rescuer Kit Hex Flex
with FLEXIBLE HEX-HEAD .90-inch-diameter magnesium anode rod, sediment flush kit and Water Heater Workbook. Specify tank height from the cover to the drain valve by e-mail when ordering.
SKU5 $118
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JUST THE ANODE

Solid Combo Magnesium Anode 4-Inch Nipple
with 4-inch nipple. Use in heaters with up to 2.5 Inches of insulation
SKU7 $44
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Solid Combo Magnesium Anode 6-Inch Nipple
Use in heaters with up to 4.5 Inches of insulation
SKU106 $49
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Solid Hex-head Magnesium Anode Rod
.90-inch-diameter; 45 percent more than most factory anodes
SKU8 $39
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Flexible Combo Magnesium Anode, 4-Inch Nipple
SKU9 $60
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Flexible Combo Magnesium Anode, 6-inch Nipple
SKU109 $64
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Flexible Hex-head Magnesium Anode Rod
SKU10 $55
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Solutions to Smelly Water
(usually works in unsoftened water)

Solid Hex-head Aluminum/zinc Anode Rod
SKU11 $51
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Flexible Hex-head Aluminum/zinc anode rod
SKU12 $59
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Solid combo aluminum/zinc anode rod
SKU13 $55
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Flexible combo aluminum/zinc anode rod
SKU14 $65
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ODOR SOLUTION IN SOFTENED WATER

Powered anode Hex Corro-Protec 40-80
for water heaters of 40-80 gallons with hex-head anodes, for use in softened water; may not work with power vent heaters depending on how the housing fits.
SKU15 $130
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Powered anode hex CerAnode
for water heaters and storage tanks of 20-120 gallons with hex-head anodes, for use in softened water; may not work with power vent heaters depending on how the housing fits.
SKU27 $218
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Powered anode combo CerAnode
for water heaters and storage tanks of 20-120 gallons with combo anodes (Some States, A.O. Smiths and Bradford Whites); may not work with power vent heaters: check anode
location relative to power-vent housing.
SKU25 $220
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Hardware for powered anode combo
If you bought SKU27 and discover that you should have bought SKU25, here is where you can buy the hardware that will make things work out on your heater. Comprises a galvanized steel tee and 3-inch PEX-lined galvanized steel nipple.
SKU39 $6
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TEMPORARY ODOR FIX

Peroxide fix plumbing assembly
A brass ball valve, brass tee, brass nipples, and plastic-lined steel nipple that, when put together, will permit easy application of hydrogen peroxide to heaters that sit idle for long periods, to control rotten-egg odor.
SKU28 $77
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Sediment (also known as scale) Control

Sediment control flush kit
comprising curved dip tube and full-port, ball-valve drain assembly. Specify tank height from the cover to the drain valve by e-mail when ordering.
SKU16 $61
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Curved Dip Tube
A dip tube and integral plastic-lined nipple for sediment control for those
who already have a ball valve installed. Specify tank height from the cover
to the drain valve by e-mail when ordering.
SKU17 $27
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Other Products

Standard Dip Tube
For those who need to replace a broken dip tube, but don't need a flush kit for
sediment control. Can be cut to fit any size tank.
SKU20 $17
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Anode Extractor
A special tool built using a torque multiplier that triples the force the user puts
on it, and braces against the water heater itself for leverage, permitting
extraction of even stubborn anodes in tight spaces far from electricity.
SKU26 $700
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Ball Valve Drain Assembly
Practically everybody should, upon buying a residential water heater,
immediately replace the drain valve that came with it with something like this,
so that you can be sure of getting water out of the heater in an emergency,
when it might be all you have left.
SKU32 $36
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SWOOP™
Reduced-radius plumbing elbow to reduce pressure drops
and internal erosion and improve performance of
plumbing systems
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SKU40 $16.75 for five 3/8-inch
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SKU41 $17.25 for five 1/2-inch
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SKU42 $23.45 for five 3/4-inch
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Water Heater Workbook
The price includes shipping by first-class mail within the U.S.
SKU18 $28
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Working With Water Heaters -- Troubleshooting
A video by Larry Weingarten. The price includes shipping
by first-class mail within the U.S.
SKU30 $30
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House of Ideas
A video by Larry Weingarten in which he describes, in detail, what makes the House on Hummingbird Hill super-energy-efficient, inexpensive to build and nearly maintenance-free. The price includes shipping by first-class mail within the U.S.
SKU35 $30
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CONSULTING
If you've read my material and still need help, or are in too big a hurry to read it, you can pay for a consultation. Purchase that here and then e-mail your questions to mail@waterheaterrescue.com.
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SKU50 $30
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Shipping

Shipping is by UPS Ground within the contiguous United States and Priority Mail to Canada, Alaska and Hawaii. UPS does not deliver to post boxes. Allow about a week for shipping. We try for shipment within one business day of receipt, and when we've set up the order, we can give you estimated delivery date and a tracking number. The shopping cart generates an invoice and automated response, but you should hear from us fairly soon thereafter. If there is any hitch with your order, we'll tell you immediately. If you don't hear from us, check your e-mail junk folder. Occasionally spam blockers divert our mail.

Miscellaneous

Doing it yourself: The products offered here are designed to make water heaters last longer, or solve specific problems. Installation is potentially do-it-yourself, but if you have the least doubt about your abilities, we suggest that you obtain expert help.

Also, it's better to make sure you can loosen the factory anode or pipe nipples before you order. That's easier than ordering and then having to return it. But, too, a plumber can probably get it out even if you can't, so consider that as an option.

Anodes and flush kits are of a standard size used by the whole American water heater industry. They will fit all residential tanks with 3/4-inch plumbing.

If you're ordering a flush kit or Water Heater Rescuer Kit, please send an e-mail specifying the distance from the top to the drain valve, as well as the brand to mail@waterheaterrescue.com. Questions regarding parts can also be sent there. Also, if you're getting a maximum-insulation tank, as we recommend, tell us so that we can include a 4-inch drain valve nipple.

IMPORTANT! If you have an electric water heater made after April 2015 by A.O. Smith, State, Kenmore, Reliance, American, Maytag or Whirlpool; or Rheem, Ruud, Richmond, or GE, let us know because you'll need a product with pipe nipple longer than what we usually provide.

An aluminum anode with flat hex head is compared to a magnesium one with a hex head with a bump

About anodes: If you contemplate adding an anode to a new tank, make sure both rods are of the same metal. Otherwise, the magnesium rod will be consumed more rapidly in the presence of an aluminum one and you won't get as long a life. How do you tell them apart? An aluminum hex head will be flat on top, while a magnesium rod will have a bump, as in the photo at left. The exception to that is Rheem and its sub-brands, Ruud/Richmond/General Electric. As far as we know, Rheem always uses magnesium even though there is no bump on top of its anodes. On the other hand, if the tank is five years old or more, having dissimilar metals is less of an issue, since the original one will likely be largely consumed.

Return Policy

Merchandise in original condition can be returned within 120 days for a full refund of the purchase price, not including shipping. Write to mail@waterheaterrescue.com for instructions and authorization. If the electrode on a powered anode has been stretched out and/or immersed in water, the device cannot be returned.

 

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