Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 198
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by isthisleftoverpartneeded As advertised: easy to install, adaptable and time saving.
The SharkBite Braided Stainless Steel Water Heater Connector is every bit as easy to install as advertised.
Professional contractors will find using this connector will expedite completion time than by using more prevalent existing technology. Novices or those with limited DIY experience will be pleasantly surprised at the ease with which they can use this product to accomplish what can otherwise be a frustrating and expensive undertaking.
Installation of the SharkBite connector is for all intents and purposes the same as with a copper connector with three significant differences. First, no soldering is necessary; second, the flexibility of the tubing is much easier to manage than that of a copper connector (you need not concern yourself with the prospect of inadvertently kinking the tubing if you accidentally bend it too much); and third, attaching the connector to the water inlet tubing, whether copper or SharkBite PEX tubing, requires only a modest force similar to that required to connect two heavy duty extension cords to one another.
As with the installation of any water heater connector, ensure the water heater nipple is free of any residual plumbers tape or other debris. I found that the gentle use of a wire brush was effective in removing stubborn remnants of the old tape. I then carefully applied a generous amount of new plumbers tape. Avoiding cross-threading is imperative, so you might want to practice a technique to avoid this on a plastic bottle. While the technique may seem counter-intuitive it does give you a very good sense of what to feel for when screwing the connector to the water heater nipple. Simply take the cap of the bottle and slowly turn it counter-clockwise on the bottle opening until you "feel" a grip-like effect. This sensation is telling you the threads are aligned and that the cap won't attach crooked (cross threaded). At this point you can begin to turn the cap clock-wise and be assured of a good seal. The same technique is applicable to attaching the connector to the water heater nipple in order to avoid leaks and other unintended consequences.
I used a plumbers wrench for the final turns to achieve a solid seal between the connector and the water heater nipple. I didn't need any tools to attach the other end of the connector to the other SharkBite tubing you see in the photo.
If you've never worked on a water heater before I highly recommend you watch a variety of videos on Youtube on the subject matter. I recommend watching a variety because some videos leave something to be desired and some are very good. This link to a Home Depot video is a good start:
This following link to the SharkBite website is also insightful and a good fundamental introduction.
As with everything else you undertake, do your due diligence, understand what you're working with, how it works and how to apply the technology. You'll save yourself time and money, understand more about how your home works and feel more confident in undertaking other maintenance projects. Above all, be patient!
I've replaced one water heater after it burst and began to leak (not fun),and I've replaced the anode rod on another water heater, a pressure reduction valve and numerous faucet valves. I have more work to do on the water heater the connector shown in this photo is attached to. The connector has been in place for about a month of this writing and has shown no signs of stress or leaking. In all, the effort has been very satisfying.
Oh, yes, I paid $11.34 plus tax for the connector. I didn't have to buy solder or a soldering tool.
July 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYplumber SharkBite-3-4-in-Push-to-Connect-x-3-4-in-FIP-x-12-in-B
I bought 2 SharkBite water hose heaters and they work great. It's been like 2 months and the product is doing its job. Easy installation. Saved me time and I didn't have to do any wetting to make my connection. Great product. Will be buying more product of sharkbites to do more plumbing later on house project.
July 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Doug Shark bites
Been using them for years makes quick work connecting water lines together
July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Beebeenation lets see
Have used a lot of push to fit in last plumbing job hope works in my air compressore hookup
June 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jim sharkbite
easy install no directions needed.as easy as plug and play.
March 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pudge Best invention....ever
These lines are the greatest invention ever.
Made the hot water tank install a breeze.
March 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BigDaddyDanno Homeowner Water Heater Replacement
I had to replace my water heater due to its age and it was leaking from the holding tank. I called a plumber under my home warranty plan and was going to have to pay out of pocket about $1300. They were providing the water heater (a low end unit) so that $1300 was mainly what they described as additional work not covered by the warranty. I decided to see if I could tackle the project on my own. Not being skilled at sweating copper lines and having had experience with Sharkbite products when I had to replace a pressure control valve for the house, made this an easy decision. I was able to remove the old tank, a faulty shutoff valve on the incoming water line and the expansion tank and install the new parts using these products in about an hour and a half. The home warranty provided me with a cash payment in lieu of contractor that covered all the parts and then some. Pretty easy choice. I bought the pipe prep tool that trims the ends of the copper pipe as well as a couple of these flex lines, a T connection for the water expansion and a lever action shutoff valve that are all Sharkbite products. Not a single leak!
February 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tlmonty Great product
Revolutionary product, made my water heater replacement easy
March 15, 2016