Sooty combustion chamber means venting issues
Sooty Chamber — Sooty combustion chamber means venting issues
Sediment out of a water heater bottom
Sediment — Sediment out of a water heater bottom
How a heater looks when it's rusting out
Rusty Bottom — How a heater looks when it’s rusting out
New anode compared with one in use for seven years
Anodes — New anode compared with one in use for seven years
The result of leaky plumbing
Crumbling Top — The result of leaky plumbing

Every day, across America, a sad scenario plays out: 20,000 people find that their water heater is leaking and wonder if it can be fixed. It can’t. Water Heater Rescue exists to teach people to do what’s needful for their heaters so the leak never happens. Because we practice what we preach, ours is now about 40 years old.

Every day, across America, legions of people find that their hot water smells so bad that they think they are showering in the sewer. They spend oodles of money on oodles of solutions that somehow don’t solve the problem. We’re here to teach you what definitely works, what might work and what won’t work.

We also give you a chance to educate yourself, not just for the moment, but for your whole life, so that you can choose a water heater wisely and then take care of it. Problems? We solve those. We have a troubleshooting forum with 5,000 topics, as well as a static section that indexes some of the questions that have been asked most often in the forum.

We sell solid and flexible magnesium sacrificial water heater anodes for replacement when your factory anode is consumed so that you don’t find yourself with that leaking water heater. Also, we are one of the very few who sell curved dip tubes for sediment (also known as scale) control; sediment buildup contributes to water heater failure and electric element failure, and sometimes contributes to odor issues.

And we have solid and flexible aluminum/zinc anodes and powered anodes (impressed-current) to use in smelly water heaters. We know as much, or more, about odor issues and their solutions as anybody in North America.

Fun Water Heater Stuff

Composite of Jewel 503 heater

You’d think water heaters would be about as dull a subject as you could find, right? Well, we just might have some surprises for you.

The Houdini Showcase comprises bizarre water heater installations we’ve run across in the course of our work. You’ll find yourself asking, “Why would anybody stick a water heater there?”

In the Closet of Horrors, you’ll learn that Halloween can occur any night of the year. Water heaters can be scarier than werewolves and goblins.

The Weingarten Collection gives you a peek at how people heated water a hundred years ago, when the idea of daily bathing was in its infancy. Today, there are just a handful of manufacturers, and one water heater looks much like another. Back then, there were well over a hundred and water heaters stood out from each other, with fancy shapes and scrollwork. Some of the early designs incorporate features that are superior to what is used today.

The House on Hummingbird Hill is another project of Larry and Suzanne Weingarten. It uses hot water in interesting ways, while offering up a philosophy and lifestyle that are quite a bit different from mainstream American homebuilding of the recent past. However, it suggests a viable future for the American dream of home ownership at a time when past methods no longer seem so workable. It showcases energy efficiency, low maintenance and low building cost, as well as a couple of water-heating components that are discussed elsewhere on this site: the GFX Heat Exchanger and manifold plumbing. Instead of hearing us describe them, you can see them in action.


I recently replaced the anode in my fairly new State water heater. Very easy replacement - instructions were invaluable. I was a bit fearful that the great amount of torque needed to remove the old anode could damage the entire thing, But your instructions indicated that a lot of force might be needed. So, a 24" section of pipe on a 12" breaker bar did the trick. Installation of the new powered anode went very quickly with no problems. Everything needed was included in the kit you sent with the exception of a 6-point socket. A trip to the local hardware store solved that. Two weeks later and the water is smell-free! No sulfur smell and even the metallic smell that had been present before was no longer there. I am so glad I found your web site. So thankful that I have nice, clean water! Thank you!
Bruce, East Hampton, CT
Thanks for the great and practical article comparing tankless water setups to regular tank systems. You have saved me lots of money!
Mitch, North Carolina
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