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What you'll find here: Sediment flush kits and curved dip tubes, and ball-valve drain assemblies.

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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

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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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 $35
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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.

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 usually 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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