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120-Volt, 1440-Watt Stainless Steel Heating Element for Electric Water Heaters

  • Compatible with most electric water heater brands
  • 5 year residential warranty
  • 7.78 inches in total length
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Product Overview

Rheem PROTECH screw-in water heater elements feature true OEM performance. These are the same elements that are used in the production of every Rheem electric water heater. Rheem heating elements use patented resistored technology that helps increase the life of the tank and element.
  • 120-volt/1440-watt stainless steel resistored heating element (low-watt density)
  • Direct replacement for Rheem, Ruud and Richmond water heaters
  • Fits most brands including American, AO Smith, Bradford White, Craftmaster, General Electric, GS Wood, Kenmore, Lochinvar, Maytag, Mor-Flo, Reliance, Sears, State and Whirlpool water heaters
  • Provides uniform heat distribution for a long-lasting performance
  • Made of durable stainless steel and plastic
  • Gasket and detailed instructions included
  • UL and CSA listed for safety
  • Limited 3 Year Commercial and 5 Year Residential Warranty
  • Element length: flange to tip - 7.78 in.
  • Call 1-855-400-2552 before noon for same-day installation service in most areas, or visit our Water Heater Installation page for more information.
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Product Depth (in.)
Product Height (in.)
Product Width (in.)


Attachment Style
Compatible Brand/Model
Various Rheem Electric Tank Water Heaters
Finish Family
Silver Metallic
For Use With
Electric Tank
Stainless Steel and Plastic
Pack Size
Product Weight (lb.)
Wattage (watts)

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Limited 3 Year Commercial and 5 Year Residential Warranty

Questions & Answers


I have a 19 Gallon US Craftmaster. Which is 120v/ 1500watts. Will this element work with this wat...

Asked by Tommy February 24, 2021

Hi Tommy and thank you for your question. for information about products that would fit a Craftmaster, you would need to contact them.

Does any one know if this will fit a Eco Smart Mini 2.5 gal tank electric water heater?

Asked by Darrel February 21, 2020

Thank you for asking, Darrel. Please contact the manufactued to make sure this is compatible. Thank you and have a great day.

If the element is stainless steel, why is it black in color?

Asked by MikeS September 7, 2019

Hello Mike S, thanks for reaching out. This is due to a protective coating added to the end of the elements to prevent lime-scale build up on the elements and prevent them from oxidizing to the element heating up. As metals are heated stainless alloys or not the oxidize more quickly under extreme heat.

Will this fit a Reliance 6 10 SOMSK 10 gallon water heater

Asked by Homeuser August 21, 2019

Hello Homeuser, Thanks for reaching out. Because it is the correct wattage and voltage for the unit, it should fit. You would also want to make sure that the element is not too long to fit inside the heater.

Are the wire terminals stainless as well?

Asked by Katy April 10, 2019

Thank you for asking. The Wire Terminals are stainless.

hi I have a 2008 32ft forest river travel trailer. It has a 6 gallon hot water heater will this w...

Asked by bob August 28, 2018

Unfortnately, I am not sure what water heater you have so I am unable to tell you if this element would work for you. Make sure the element has the correct voltage and wattage for your unit and the length is correct.

Will this heating element work on a 20 gal. Tank

Asked by Joe June 3, 2018

Unfortunately, Without the model or serial number for the unit in question it would be hard to say. 20 gallon units tend to be on threshold of being capable of having 240v capabilities as well as 120v capabilities. I have also seen them with wattage elements up to 4500. So Into the blind so to speak I'm going to say that element is likely undersized. However, without the model or serial number its hard to say for certain.

my camper water heater trips the breaker. I changed the element. what else would cause this?

Asked by Earl June 2, 2018

Earl, two things are suspect, breakers go bad or there is a short in your wiring. An electrician would verify the voltage to your element and that the circuit is 120 volts. When I replaced my element I also checked my junction box and was surprised to find the screw on wire splices were bad. I had to run new wires. It’s one thing to replace the element, tracking down a short may take a professional electrician.

What is the thread size? Will it thread to a 1in locknut?

Asked by James December 19, 2017

This uses 1-9/32" NPT thread size. The nominal size is 1".

this element claims to be stainless steel but in product overview it says it is made of copper which is correct i have to have stainless

Asked by scooter January 30, 2016

The element is stainless steel, the the threaded nut is plated steel.

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Customer Reviews

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by HomeDepotCustomer
No problems installing, good looking product.
No problems installing, good looking product.
by Ace
Fit perfectly and shipped in reasonable time...
Fit perfectly and shipped in reasonable time
Great price. Would buy again if needed.
We bought it for our rv hot water tank. Fitted good.
by Proudfoot
I picked this because it said it had NPT threads....
I picked this because it said it had NPT threads. Actually had NPSM threads which did not fit my 1 inch opening.
by John
Fit and works well....
Fit and works well.
This element is the OEM replacement part for my Rheem 2.5 gal point-of-use water heater. Simple ...
This element is the OEM replacement part for my Rheem 2.5 gal point-of-use water heater. Simple to install (less than 5 minutes.)
by JTRet56
Returned. Wrong size....
Returned. Wrong size.
by HomeDepotCustomer
Easy to install....
Easy to install.
by John
Just what we needed...
Just what we needed
by Linda
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