FLEXIBLE WATER HEATER CONNECTORS is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 732.
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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 1 out of 5 by from These water heater connectors start shedding rubber particles shortly after installation I had been experiencing black goo and rubber particles clogging many of the screens and filters in my house. After on line research I found it could be the black rubber liner in these connectors that was deteriorating. In deed that was the cause. I removed the hoses and cut them in half and the hot water hose was filled with black gunk. Also some in the cold water but not as bad. SharkBite claims it is caused by hard water and chlorine. Since most of the US has hard water and chlorine it would seem few are safe from deterioration.
Date published: 2016-07-11
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
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Can, or should I use the preformed foam insulation that came with my water heater over these connectors?

Asked by: Cash H
Hello, Foam pipe insulation may be used over SharkBite water heater connectors as long as the temperature of the water in the hoses does not exceed 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Regards
Answered by: SharkBite118
Date published: 2018-11-12

Hello, Can I hook up a pex pipe water to a flexible water heater connector hose? I am installing a brand new water heater. 

Asked by: Jean R
Hello, Yes, SharkBite flexible water heater connectors may be connected to PEX tubing on the push-to-connect end. Code requires that the first 18" of tubing off the water heater cannot be PEX so make sure you use a water heater connector that is the correct length. Regards
Answered by: SharkBite118
Date published: 2018-10-15

Do I need to replace the SharkBite Flexible Connector each time I replace the water heater, or can I you them again and again until they do not seal properly ?

Asked by: Renovations Berto
Hello - SharkBite fittings are reusable. However, you will want to inspect the fitting and make sure it is in good condition prior to reinstalling it. If you have further questions, please contact our Customer Service Team at 877-700-4242 and we will be happy to assist you!
Answered by: SharkBite_BH
Date published: 2018-09-27

Do the shark bite also serve as a dialectic fitting on the water heater?

Asked by: Charles M
Hello, SharkBite stainless steel braided water heater connectors can be used as a dielectric union. Standard SharkBite fittings (i.e. coupling, elbow, tee) cannot be used as a dielectric union. Thank you
Answered by: SharkBite118
Date published: 2018-09-27

Do you not make a 1/2" FIP water heater connector end. My water heater has 1/2" MIP that i must connect to and so far I can find only 3/4" connector end. Maybe you have a reducer bolt or something you can suggest. Thanks for your help.

Asked by: Deborah S
Hello, Unfortunately SharkBite does not offer a flex hose with a 1/2" FIP. Depending on your local codes you can probably use our 3/4" x 1/2 FNPT adapter (part# U092LF) in conjunction with a piece of 3/4" copper and our 3/4" x 3/4 MNPT adapter (part# U134LF), which will then give you the connection you need to connect the 3/4" flex hose. Best regards,
Answered by: SharkBite_BH
Date published: 2018-07-12

What is the minimum bend radius of your 12", 15", and 18" flexible water heater connectors?

Asked by: Larry K
Hello, The minimum bend radius for our braided and corrugated flex hoses is 5 inches regardless of the length of the flex hose. Best regards,
Answered by: SharkBite_BH
Date published: 2018-06-18

want to hook up an outside water spicket to a 1/2 inch cooper pipe in the house.Do you sell a shark bite flexable hose with 1/2 inch fitting on both ?ends?

Asked by: richard 81
Hello, Yes, we do offer a 1/2" x 1/2" braided flex hose and the part number is U3008FLEX18LF. http://www.sharkbite.com/product/flexible-coupling-hoses/ Best regards,
Answered by: SharkBite_BH
Date published: 2018-06-11

Does Sharkbite still use black rubber hose in their hot water heater connectors?

Asked by: Bill Sh
Hello, Our braided water heater connectors have a black EPDM rubber hose on the inside of the stainless steel. Our corrugated stainless steel water heater connectors do not use a rubber hose on the inside. Thank you
Answered by: SharkBite118
Date published: 2018-06-07
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