Rheem EcoSense RETE-7 - 7KW Point of Use Electric Tankless Water Heater-RETE 7 - The Home Depot
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Rheem EcoSense

Model # RETE 7

Internet # 202514579

Store SKU # 452526

RETE-7 - 7KW Point of Use Electric Tankless Water Heater

Rheem EcoSense RETE-7 - 7KW Point of Use Electric Tankless Water Heater

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$171.02 / each


Model # RETE 7

Internet # 202514579

Store SKU # 452526

Store SO SKU # 1000114380

The Rheem EcoSense RETE-7 Point of Use 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 a single bathroom in warmer 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 1.37 GPM continuous flow at a 35 degree Fahrenheit temperature rise
  • Designed to provide continuous hot water at a single point-of-use faucet
  • 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
  • 7 kw water heater requires a 240 volt electrical service, a dedicated 30 amp breaker and 10 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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Assembled Depth (in.) 
3.25 in 
Assembled Height (in.) 
10.25 in 
Assembled Width (in.) 
5.375 in 
Product Depth (in.) 
Product Height (in.) 
Product Width (in.) 
5.375 in 
Water Connection Size (in.) 
Amperage (amps) 
Electric Product Type 
Point of Use 
Finish Family 
Flow Rate @ 35 F Rise (gallons/min) 
1.37 gal (US)/min 
Flow Rate @ 45 F Rise (gallons/min) 
0.21 gal (US)/min 
Fuel Type 
Maximum Temperature (F) 
Minimum Activation Rate (gpm) 
Minimum Temperature (F) 
Product Weight (lb.) 
6 lb 
Residential/Commercial/industrial Use 
Residential or commercial 
Voltage (volts) 
Water Connection Location 
Water Heater Features 
No Additional Features 
Wattage (watts) 
Warranty / Certifications
Certifications and Listings 
2-UL Recognized 
ENERGY STAR Certified 
Labor Warranty 
No Warranty 
Part Warranty 
1 Year 


Rated 3.1 out of 5 by 21 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good Heater Installed in a guest cottage in south Texas. Also installed a 1.25 gpm shower head. Supplies enough hot water for this shower.Was able to instal using the 30 amp service from old heater. February 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Works well for under the kitchen sink The water heater works well. My previous point of use water heater would burn you if you turned the water off then back on. This one prevents that. Look at that specs before you buy so you know what temp range to expect. Works good in Texas. January 27, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Worked ok This product worked well but we did not have a breaker that could handle it. I recommend checking your amperage available and what amps the water heater requires before purchase. Home Depot was gracious and returned it easily. March 31, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Delivers warm water at reduced volume I purchased this product because I wanted to do a simple replacement of the old water heater without wiring in a new line for a higher amperage requirement tankless water heater. This was rated at 30 amps, which is the same as my old one. Installation was easy, but you need to buy adapters because this has a 1/2" feed while the standard water heater uses 3/4" pipe. The water is mildly hot at the highest setting of the thermostat. I live in Hawaii, so if you live in a cold clime don't expect to get hot water. Also, the water flow is reduced because of the smaller pipe. If you have a large family, this is not the right choice. Overall, I would rate it as average. October 9, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good for 1 sink if incoming water is not too cold I installed the 7kw heater to boost the water temperature at a sink in the garage, far from our main water heater. It does the job; no more waiting for the water to warm up to wash my hands (or using freezing cold water). This heater may not be adequate if your groundwater is cold or you need a high flow rate (shower, dishwasher). Our groundwater comes in at 45˚F and this unit is not able to make it hot without help from our main water heater. But as a booster for the sink it works great. It activates at a low flow rate, so you don't need to run a lot of water to have it hot. It is compact and fairly easy to install. It fit in the cabinet under the sink. There were, however, no instructions for the electrical connection; I was initially confused by the wiring. The unit comes with a short cable out of the bottom so you don't need to open it up to connect the wiring. The cable had three wires—black, white and bare (ground). I always thought white was neutral, but in this case it is the other hot (usually red). Since it is a straight 240V appliance, it doesn't use a neutral, just the two hots and ground. Once I figured this out, installation was straightforward. The 7kW unit draws 29 amps, so it requires heavier wiring and a dedicated circuit; I converted a 30A circuit that was previously used for an electric dryer. I would recommend this for a single sink if your incoming water is not too cold and you don't need high flow rates. If you need more than this, then you should consider a bigger unit. November 15, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 Lukewarm Review Provides adequate warm-hot water depending on the temp of the supply water. If the supply water is very cold you get lukewarm water. When the supply in not very cold you get warm-hot water. It is being used to supply hot water to a bathroom sink that is primarily used for occasional hand washing Hopefully it will save money over the 5 gal elec water tank that was in a cold overhead/attic. May 3, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good Product Purchased this tankless water heater to replace a 30 gallon tank in our garage bathroom. Easy installation if you can sweat copper. Does not put out a lot of hot water, but enough for normal sink use or taking a shower. November 11, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good product so far While we have only had this product about a week, it performs as advertised. It serves as a dedicated unit for the kitchen, which is the longest run in the house from our regular whole house on-demand unit (which takes an inordinately long time for hot water to reach the kitchen). The delivered water temperature and flow rate are highly dependent on the temperature of the incoming water and the temperature to which you want to raise it. In our case, the incoming water from a deep well is around 60 degrees. The unit is set to heat on its highest setting, so the water is hot enough but not steaming hot. The flow rate is adequate but not gushing - When you switch from hot to cold you see a slight increase in flow rate - not particularly meaningful. Adequate for the dish washer as well. If we wanted to get a higher temperature and flow rate we should have purchased the next size up, the RTE-9. It requires a 50 amp service and we decided to settle for the RTE-7 at 40 amps. I'm not totally comfortable sweating copper joints so we brought in our plumber, who installed it with no problems. July 24, 2014
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