Water Heater Rescue: Know-How, Solutions, Parts graphic

Every day, across America, a sad scenario plays out: someone finds their water heater is leaking and wonders 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 39 years old.

Every day, across America, somebody finds 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 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.

Ewart bath heater

They don't make 'em like they used to. You'll be hard put to find a water heater anywhere today as beautiful as this Ewart Royal Geyser from around 1895. THIS is an early "tankless" water heater! From the Weingarten Collection.

Water Heater Workbook

House of Ideas displays the wonderful house Larry Weingarten built to showcase ideas he had about making a home energy-efficient and low-maintenance. The House on Hummingbird Hill in the Fun Stuff section is a subset of this disk.

Powered anode
The powered anode is the ultimate solution to rotten-egg odor in water heaters, and also does a superb job of protecting tanks when water softeners are being used. Shown here is the version for heaters with hex anodes.

What Our Customers Say About Us

After I ordered and paid, Randy contacted me to suggest lowering the payment because I had ordered the same item 2x and didn't need 2 manuals, then he refunded me extra money. Who does THAT? While installing the parts, I contacted him a couple more times with questions, he was always helpful and responsive. In short, it's great to do business with someone who simply cares about quality and customer service. -- Elizabeth, Yelm, WA

I ended up using one of the sizing tools you recommended. It suggested around 50 gallons. I was able to find a 30 gallon that would fit so I went with two of them. It was actually smaller than the electric options I looked at so everything worked out well. The $30 for your consultation is far and away the best $30 I have ever spent. In no time, you had me comfortable with the direction to take and you suggested options that my plumbers never thought of after two visits and many days of “research.”

After two plumber visits, their only advice was that they were unable to find a water heater that would fit the space, told me not to waste time maintaining my water heater in the future because water heaters only last ten or so years anyway and they have now stopped returning my calls. This is after they came out on a second visit with a water heater that wouldn’t fit the space. After that visit, their plan was to come out with a 22” diameter water heater which would be about 26” with the controls, even though the space is only 22” deep. They were going to “squeeze it in somehow.” It is so refreshing to get advice from someone that provides the truth. It makes me realize how rare this is these days. Thanks for the superb advice and for taking the time to create such a great site. -- Doug, Lake Bluff, IL

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