FLEXIBLE WATER HEATER CONNECTORS is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 443.
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SharkBite’s Braided Flexible Water Heater Connectors are great for easily connecting your hot and cold water supply lines to your water heater. Simply apply pipe thread to the MIP nipples on the water heater and then thread the female connection on the connector to the nipple and tighten with channel locks or a similar tool. These hoses are also available in Corrugated Stainless Steel and are also available with an integrated Ball Valve.


ASME A112.18.6-2009/CSA B125.6-200

NSF 372


SizesPart #
1/2" X 3/4" FIP, 12"
1/2" X 3/4" FIP, 15"
1/2" X 3/4" FIP, 18"
1/2" X 3/4" FIP, 24"
3/4" X 3/4" FIP, 12"
3/4" X 3/4" FIP, 15"
3/4" X 3/4" FIP, 18"
3/4" X 3/4" FIP, 24"


Rated 1 out of 5 by from rubber liner deteriorates In 2011 I installed these braided flex connectors from sharkbite; it was an easy install no leaks I was very happy, but after 2 years my faucets strainers were being clogged with small fragments of black rubber. I finally found the water heater was loaded with the rubber and found the rubber liner in the sharkbite flex line was deteriorating. I called Sharkbite and they said they changed the liners and if I bought new lines manufactured after 2011 that they would have the new liners. That was late 2013 or early 2014 and now here it is 2016 and the lines have deteriorated again. I don't recommend these and will not be suckered into them again.
Date published: 2016-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy install, no leaks, quality product !! I used 2 11'' flex hoses and a in line ball valve on my new hot water tank install and it made what might have been a tough job very easy
Date published: 2015-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant!!! I had one of those nightmare weekends where I had an unplanned water heater installation. I hate to sweat solder and these SharkBite connectors make water connections a breeze. The person that invented the ShartBite connectors is a genius! The braided stainless steel water heater connector is the way to go as it gives you a lot of flexibility in making the connections. I have 3/4" copper pipe and cut the pipe to the old water heater. I set the new water in place and made the water line connections using the ShartBite connectors. It was so simple. No leaks. I had hot water in no time. Thank you SharkBite and also to Home Depot for carrying their product.
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the war against water heaters ITEM:3/4 in. x 24 in. Stainless Steel Push-Fit x FIP Water Heater Connector I bought the steel web wrapped water heater connector because the water heater top is difficult to reach and has limited space to apply the wrench to tighten or loosen. Note that this hose is replacing an identical hose that began to leak in less than two years use. Even with the failure of the previous hose, I still bought another. The hose failed because the angle of the hose was too sharp. This time I put on a longer feeder hose so that there was an easy curve. Do not let this hose kink.
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from turned a "call a plumber" into a "I think I can" job My old water heater was a standard 48" tall unit in a 36" tall crawl space. Someone dug a hole, lined it with plastic, set two concrete blocks in it, and placed the 48" tall water heater on top of the block. I'm not a plumber and don't trust myself with a torch under a house. With these fittings, I was able to get the job done. I cut the old copper pipe off, installed these, connected to the new water heater and BINGO! It works, no leaks. Actually, one of the two I bought leaked. Not sure what the problem was. I returned to Home Depot, exchanged for a new one and it's all good.
Date published: 2016-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I just called Sharkbite and Customer Service was as expected ... lousy I have the these lines on a water heater installed in Jan 2013. Thankfully I read these reviews, otherwise, I would never have figured out the cause of this problem. Who would expect these lines that are only 2.5 years old to start disintegrating in Delray Beach, FL. I just replaced them over the weekend and called customer service this morning. They did exactly what I anticipated which is to tell me that it is my problem to address. Evidently, they don't stand behind their overpriced and inferior products, but that should not come as a surprise in this day and age. Simple install but very poor quality!!
Date published: 2016-07-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rubber failure Unfortunately the black rubber lining failed in about one year. I started noticing small black rubber particles when filling the bath tub for the kids. I looked online and sure enough the sharkbite hose are prone to failure. I checked several other faucets and they had black rubber particles practically blocking the small faucet filter. Our shower head was also clogged with black rubber particles. I like the idea, but unfortunately they just don't last and will put black rubber particles into your hot water supply.
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How did I not know this kind of product existed?!?!? My biggest worry about my water heater switch out was getting it reconnect to the water line. I have a pretty handy friend that offered to help me switch it out. When we grabbed the water heater he picked up a few of these to get it reconnected to the water line. I was like WHAT!! it just pushes on the the copper piping and threads onto the water heater! I was in shock at how simple this connector made my water heater switch out! Its strong flexible and so far shows no signs of having any problems with heat from the water or the vent line on the water heater. I will continue to use these on any future water heater or water softener switches. Thanks
Date published: 2015-05-15
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Is there suppose to be a rubber washer/gasket in the FIP fitting on the flexible hot water heater hose?

Asked by: rdeleo
Good morning, Yes. There should be a gaskets pass the threads on all our Flexible hoses that have FIP. If your's does not, we recommend working with the retailer you made this purchase with and get a replacement. If you have nay issues getting a replacement through them, please reach out to our customer service team at 1-877-700-4242 between 8 am - 6 pm est Monday through Friday or by e-mail at techsupport@cashacme.com.
Answered by: SharkBite_KM
Date published: 2017-05-09

There seems to be a lot of references to the breaking down of the rubber in your flex hoses. What do I need to look for should I decide to replace the defective hose?

Asked by: Ralph6410
Good morning, The places where these hoses experienced issues were in hard water areas. If you feel your home is in a location where there is hard water, we recommend replacing these hoses after 5 years of use. If your home is not in hard water areas, we recommend replacing them within 7 years of use. All rubber components will eventually break down over time. All our hoses carry a 2 year warranty. Every issues we've handled, the hoses were between 3-5 years old. We have upgraded the rubber so they make it closer to a 5 year life span. We also came out with corrugated hoses that do not have rubber liners.
Answered by: SharkBite_KM
Date published: 2017-04-17

is there a reason why hot water heater;s need a copper hose and braided stainless hose. my hot water heater has a copper hose for cold and stainless for hot. if i put a copper hose on the hot water would there be a problem.

Asked by: Panda
Good morning, We manufacture products per the plumbing needs. We would not be able to tell you why a plumber installed your water heater as they did. You should work with a local plumber to find out why they have your hot water heater set up as it is. We only manufacture stainless steel water heater connectors.
Answered by: SharkBite_KM
Date published: 2017-02-06

Thank you for your advice to replace my Hot water heater connections. Are the rubber break down specs harmful to your health? Do I need to drain my Hot water tank? Do you offer any compensation for the faulty shark bite hose connections to my hot water?

Asked by: Dave123
Good morning, We have not found any hoses to be faulty. All rubber components in our products are food grade. If you have further questions or concerns, please give our customer service team a call at 1-877-700-4242 between 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday or by e-mail at techsupport@cashacme.com. They can see what options are available for you.
Answered by: SharkBite_KM
Date published: 2017-01-16

I used shark bites braided stainless steel connectors to connect my Hot water heater about 4 or 5 yrs ago? Just recently I am noticing black specks in the Hot water. What do you think is the cause? I live in the Hampton, VA area.

Asked by: Dave123
Good morning, Water will eventually break down rubber over time. It looks like you are experiencing rubber breaking down from inside the hose. We found a lot of houses in hard water areas to have this more often (but not all the time) than compared to non-hard water areas. Since we heard about these breaking down (back in 2013), we worked with our rubber manufacturer and had the EPDM rubber enhanced. We also came out with Corrugated hoses (link: http://www.sharkbite.com/product/sharkbite-corrugated-stainless-steel-water-heater-supply-connectors/) that do not contain any rubber. You should replace your current hose. If you have any further questions or concerns, please give our customer service team a call at 1-877-700-4242 between 8 am - 6 pm est Monday through Friday or you can e-mail them at Techsupport@cashacme.com.
Answered by: SharkBite_KM
Date published: 2017-01-18

Does code permit use of sharbite water heater connection in copper to copper connection during replacement in florida

Asked by: Thackett
Good morning, All our fittings pass codes set by UPC and IPC and are recognized by the US as permanent plumbing fittings for install or repair. You will need to work with a local municipality to find out if they have a particular code that doesn't allow of this. If they do, please reach out to us so we can see why they would try to push that code and if they are quoting a code incorrectly.
Answered by: SharkBite_KM
Date published: 2016-10-12

I'm planning on installing a water heater and want to use Sharkbite braided connectors. In the store I see the terms MIP and FIP. Can you explain the difference? The tech document specifies MIP for the water connection and FIP for gas.

Asked by: FinderMI
The difference between the two is MIP stands for male iron pipe and FIP is female iron pipe. This just referenced the type of threading. Typically the way a water heater is set up is that it has a male nipple sticking out from the heater for a female thread (from our flex hose) to thread on to to complete the supply connection.
Answered by: sharkbite_rm
Date published: 2016-10-05

My water heater has a threaded nipple coming out of top. I screwed the one end of sharkbite to that, and pushed other end onto copper. Will this cause corrosion? Are these flexible braided sharkbite water hoses ASTM approved?

Asked by: AJLANGER5
Good afternoon, Since the washer is in the threaded side of this product, you shouldn't experience any corrosion from these connections. The SharkBite Connection shall be connected to copper (ASTM B88), PEX (ASTM F876), CPVC (ASTM D2846) and PE-RT (ASTM F 2769). You can find all the certifications for this product by going to the spec sheet found at this link: http://www.sharkbite.com/sharkbite/wp-content/uploads/SB_BraidedFlexWaterHoseConnector_SpecSheet_100615.pdf
Answered by: SharkBite_KM
Date published: 2016-09-20
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