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Rheem EcoSense

Model RETE 13

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RETE-13 - 13kW 1.97 GPM Tankless Electric Water Heater

$220.00 /each
  • Uses energy only when hot water is needed
  • Compact design allows simple installation almost anywhere
  • Same-day installation in most areas. Call 1-855-400-2552 by noon.

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The Rheem EcoSense RETE-13 Tankless Electric Water heater features a rugged brass and copper heat exchanger that is designed to withstand tough water conditions for long life. Its lightweight and compact design saves space and enables simple installation in a variety of locations. It is designed to provide hot water for a single bathroom in warmer climates or continuous hot water at a single point-of-use faucet in colder climates. Please click the "More Info" Tab and the "Specifications" to view the Rheem Brochure Guide to assist you in your purchasing decision.

  • Provides a maximum of 2.54 GPM continuous flow at a 35 Degree F temperature rise
  • Designed to provide continuous hot water for a single bathroom in warmer climates or continuous hot water at a single point-of-use faucet in colder climates
  • Flow rate provided by a tankless electric water heater is dependent on the difference in temperature of the incoming cold water supply and the desired hot water delivery temperature
  • 13kW water heater requires a 240-Volt electrical service, a dedicated 60 Amp breaker and 6-Gauge copper wiring
  • Energy efficient, uses hot water only when needed
  • On-unit temperature controls and LED lights indicate active elements and system operation
  • Modulating control adjusts power consumption to meet the required hot water temperature and flow rate
  • Rugged brass and copper heat exchanger is designed to withstand tough water conditions for long life
  • Lightweight and compact design saves space and enables simple installation in a variety of locations
  • Requires 240-Volt electrical connection
  • Equipped with 1/2 in. water connections for easy installation
  • Modulating Control adjusts power consumption to meet the required hot water / temperature flow rate

    How to Choose Your Rheem EcoSense Tankless Electric

    Choose your application, ie. shower, bath tub or vanity sink-faucet, kitchen sink faucet or washer. See chart below.

    For example: you choose a kitchen sink faucet.


    See application chart below and locate your flow rate. For example: your flow rate is 1.5 gpm.


    On the map, locate the average water temperature in your area.

    For example: your water temperature (in Atlanta) is 55°


    Use the water temperature and flow rate chart to determine the model you need.

    For example: 1.5 gpm flow rate + 55° = RETE 9.



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Will this work to replace a 50 gallon electric water heater?

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I'm looking to convert to a tankless water heater. My home has a kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and a jacuzzi. Will this product work for the conversion or do i need to go bigger? If so, what's the next size up?
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The flow rate (gallons per minute) at 120 degrees depends on the incoming water temperature. If you water temperature is 40 degrees and you need 120 degrees you maximum flow rate for this unit is about 1 ½ gallons a minute. . The RETE-18 or 27 is designed for fast, continuous hot water in a bathroom addition/renovation or single shower. Follow this web link for specification sheet for out tankless Read More
The flow rate (gallons per minute) at 120 degrees depends on the incoming water temperature. If you water temperature is 40 degrees and you need 120 degrees you maximum flow rate for this unit is about 1 ½ gallons a minute. . The RETE-18 or 27 is designed for fast, continuous hot water in a bathroom addition/renovation or single shower. Follow this web link for specification sheet for out tankless products.
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...its not how many bathrooms you have...its how many bathrooms you use at once. if you are taking a shower and you're the only one taking a shower in the house at that time it will work fine.
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November 10, 2015
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I would go with a bigger unit
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November 7, 2015
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You're going to want to go bigger, probably. It replaced MY fifty-gallon heater, but all I run is a shower and two sinks.
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October 16, 2015
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mine was a 40 gallon and the RETE-13 is doing just fine
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I DO NOT THINK THIS IS LARGE ENOUGH FOR YOUR HOME....I WOULD GO FOR THE NEXT SIZE RETE-18 OR LARGER...WE GOT BY WITH THE SMALLEST BECAUSE OF 1 BATH AND ONLY 2 IN THE FAMILY...YOU WILL LOVE THE ENDLESS HOT WATER, YOU WILL NEVER RUN OUT....GOOD LUCK...
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Is this unit large enuff for a single bath with shower and sink used by two adults ?

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July 16, 2016
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Yes, the unit can supply water for a single bath. The question is how cold is your incoming water? I live in Colorado, where the cold water is very cold in the winter, and the unit cannot meet the demand for a bath. I have a 1.5 gpm showerhead, and the unit has no trouble supplying steaming hot water for a shower. When the unit works, that is.
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Yes!
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November 7, 2015
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That's my exact living situation, and it works great for me. You may want to try and place it as close as possible to your shower, but other than that I've had no problems.
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Works for us.
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YES THAT IS OUR HOME SPEC'S......WE TAKE 2 BATHS IN A ROW AND NEVER RUN OUT OF HOT WATER...IF YOU TAKE MOSTLY SHOWERS YOU MIGHT GO WITH THE NEXT SIZE FOR MORE FLOW IN THE SHOWER....
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Yes, absolutely. it works great in my house.
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Looking at this for a hunting cabin

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Can this be used in a situation where the water to the cabin is turned off for periods when there is no one there. Water could be off for 3 months at a time. Electric would also cut off.
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Yes, as long as the power is turned off, as with any water heater it can be turned off for extended periods of time.
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Perfect.
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Yes, this unit will be fine in that situation.
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Yes this would be great....Make sure you drain the unit , if allowing the area to freeze....as all water lines should be drained during unheated times...
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this would work great..I would design it so you can drain the water from it when not in use...
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That would not hurt the unit at all. It only heats water when you turn a fauxet on. Cutting off the water andeletric would not do anything to the unit.
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my old water heater has 220 hook up can that be used on this rete-13 ? thank you

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This 13kW water heater requires a 240-Volt electrical service, a dedicated 60 Amp breaker and 6-Gauge copper wiring.
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That all depends on the amperage of the breakers your 220 connection is on. If I recall correctly this unit requires two 60amp breakers, and 6ga wire.
The unit doesn't pull power all the time, but when it's on it SUCKS amperage, so you'll want to stick to the recommended specs.
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Probably not. This will likely require upgrade to 60 amp breaker and 6 gauge wire.
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Most likely not if it is a tank style model, most of these models only require 30 amp. This unit requires 220 volt, but must have a 60 amp cuircut.
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You need to check that the wire size and breaker size meet the requirements...#8 wire and 60 amp breaker I think is what was needed...Normally standard water heaters use much less current, therefore do not have the correct set up... Really, if you needed to ask this question , get some one with electric knowledge to help....We are still very happy with, having all the hot water we want....
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Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 312 reviewers.
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by not so good Electric point of service water heaters apparently aren't all they're cracked up to be. Less than six months after the first one was installed (by a professional plumber after an electrician had to run a 22-volt line into our kitchen) its heating cvoils gave out. Fought with Rheem for a replacement; still waiting to install #2. August 30, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RETE-13 TANKLESS WATER HEATER: Works for me... Works as advertised. Installation was easy, especially since it was new construction. ( didn't have to modify an existing setup ) Does require a high amperage service connection. Running a washing machine and dog grooming tub. Used lightly for about 6 months now, and I have no complaints. March 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by great took me 10 minutes to install then hooked up water August 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rheem Hot Water on demand Installed to use for laundry room and outdoor kitchen. Installation was relatively easy except for the fact that there are no mounting holes in the unit itself, had to support it with clamps on the copper lines. So far it is providing plenty of hot water for use both in the laundry room and the outdoor kitchen. August 17, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RETE-13 Compact and easy to install under sink in my garage but did require a 60 amp breaker and #8 wire. August 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Best little heater for the money!! I've been using this as a shop water heater in my 40x30 4 stall garage with a 28 x 30 apartment above. It is all I need to run a shower with endless hot water including 2 sinks and laundry. Impressive super compact design, I followed directions for proper installation using the copper pipe as recommended to PEX and have used it steadily for 2 years straight, no issues. It is wall mounted close to the sink and shower with the other sink at a 30 foot distance and still provides hot water without waiting too long at that one. Water flow has never suffered just as strong as the cold feed. Adjustable heat setting which never has to be turned all the way up to the max heating range. The water would be scalding in that range! Even with well water coming in at sometimes 40-50 degrees from the ground, the heating efficiency of this unit consistently makes the water hot at it's optimal setting. Which is almost at it's lowest setting! I've also added a hot water line with an external wall spigot for using hot water while pressure washing outside! Greasy parts snow and ice removal...very nice! I have told people that this is by far the best little water heater i've ever bought. Hands down! March 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great compact unit. 1st unit I purchased did not work. I was impressed with the ease of returning this item. I received the replacement unit in no time. It has exceeded my expectations. Thanks Home depot for your great customer service. August 2, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good small tankless. This is my second RETE-13. The last one lasted 3 and a half years. Replaced my 50 gal gas heater. works great in small house. August 3, 2016
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