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spentonbargains 10-05-2009 02:51 PM

Brand or OEM element in a water heater?
My water heater quit yesterday, and I am assuming it is the element. It is a Maytag "Series 9", dual element, about 8 years old. Lowe's doesn't sell them anymore. Looking on line, to exactly match the 3800 W or the 5500@ (lower element), the element is from $95.00 - $121.00. I went to Lowe's, and they had a "universal" replacement element, 3500W, 4500W,
5500W, each for about $9.00. Could I put this in my hot water heater safely? (Thinking on putting a 3500W element where the 3800W element was on upper, and 5500W on lower element).
Or do I need to get a new water heater? (since it will be 6 weeks for them to order the exact match.)

rjniles 10-05-2009 04:57 PM

As long as the element will physically fit in the heater and is the same or less than the amperage of the standard unit you are aces. No way in the world would I invest $100 in an element for a 8 year old water heater.

spentonbargains 10-05-2009 05:39 PM

Awesome! Thanks for sharing.....probably saved me $400.

Viper16 10-05-2009 06:22 PM

Alot of times if it is a well known brand....the OEM parts usually come from them. For instance, alot of furnace controls or A/C controls, come from Honeywell. You can find a local distributor of Honeywell and can, depending on the Manufacturer of the unit, save anywhere from 5-50%.

biggles 10-06-2009 05:01 AM

check out the Grainger Supply nearest you they have all sizes and lenghts walk right in to buy them

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