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Dishwasher - Calrod Wattage Ratings

Calrod® heating elements have been standard on all GE dishwashers since 1951. The element is made of nickel, chrome and stainless steel alloy.

Below are the different wattages that are offered on GE dishwashers:

4- Pass Wash and Dry Element
This calrod achieves greater heating coverage of the water and ensures great dry performance. It also opens a path for an ergonomic benefit when it comes to accessing the removable filter. This 4- Pass Calrod heater provides the ability to heat 95-degree inlet water and provide up to 160-degree water in the Anti-Bacteria cycle.
  • 800 watts during the wash cycle
  • 415 watts during the dry cycle


  • Multi-wattage
    This larger calrod has higher wattage for a faster and hotter wash then provides a lower wattage in the dry cycle for fast but gentle drying. This multi-wattage Calrod heater provides the ability to heat 95-degree inlet water and provide up to 160-degree water in the Anti-Bacteria cycle.
  • 825 watts during the wash cycle
  • 665 watts during the dry cycle


  • Triton dishwashers with speed dry feature
    750 watt heater

    Permatuf tub models with electronic controls "T" & newer
    750 watt heater

    Permatuf tub models with electronic controls (after 1992)
    950 watt heater

    Permatuf tub models with mechanical controls (after 1992)
    500 watt heater

    Porcelain Tub Models (porcelain tubs discontinued in 1992)
    700 watt heater

    Metal tub "T" (Temperature Sensor) Models (prior to 1992)
    500 watt heater

    Metal tub Models (prior to 1992)
    335 watt heater

    NOTE: The calrod heating element does not glow during operation.