How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Hot Water Heater?

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Water heaters are very essential in every household. There are various types of water heaters available in the market depending on the brand and the price. Well, it has also been used in commercial places such as hotels to ensure thee customers can enjoy using warm water. On the other hand, most people are using water heaters, especially during winter when the weather is not favorable.

The biggest question that people are asking is what is the cost of replacing a hot water heater? Well before we focus on the cost of replacement it is important to ensure understand that the durability of a water heater depends on the quality. Substandard water heater tends to break down easily than quality products. Therefore you might have to maintain it frequently which can be very costly.

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Factors to Consider in Measuring the Replacing Costs of Hot Water Heater

When it comes to calculating the cost of replacing hot water heater it is important to understand some basic factors which involve their cost of replacement accessories. Some water heaters I have very expensive accessories which makes it hard to manage the cost. Others have cheaper accessories which also influences and the replacement cost.

Get a professional or not

Additionally, it is important to understand that you have to hire a plumber or a professional to do the replacement. Different replacement agencies have different price tags. Therefore depending on the reliability and convenience of an agency, you will have to pay more money than another plumper who depends on commission to do the replacement might offer their services at a cheaper price.

Installation costs

The general replacement quotation for a standard storage-tank ranges between $400 to 1600 and it requires the installation cost of approximately $600.Additionally, for the tankless water heaters the average unit price range is between two $50 to $2500 and the installation cost ranges between 400 to 1500 dollars.

Hybrid efficiency water heater requires $700 to $3000 for the replacement and installation cost of 150 dollars. If you’re using a solar water heater it requires an average of 1000 to 600dollars and the average unit and the installation cost of $2000.

Therefore based on the particulars on the replacement cost that it brings our national average cost of repairing a water heater to $570 – 928 dollars.

Proper maintenance

However, it is important to understand that this is not a fixed amount because some people have even spend as little as $100.Therefore the replacement cost of a water heater depends on various factors which makes it a bit challenging when determining the exact amount. The most important thing is to ensure you do proper maintenance periodically to prevent possible damages that may require you to spend a lot of money.

Choose reputable replacements technician

Sometimes the earlier you notice the signs that you are a water heater is not functioning well the cheaper the replacement some of these signs may be influenced by the age of your water heater, an unusual smell, leakages, and lower temperatures of the hot water. These are some of the factors that contribute to damages of the hot water heater.

I would recommend that before you consider replacing your hot water heater take some preventive measures by making periodic checks and doing proper maintenance to ensure your water heater is effectively serviced and if their minimal replacement is done do it before it worsens.

Proper tools to use

It is also important to know that with proper tools you can also do the replacements which will cut on replacement costs. The tools that you require include the tape measure, safety glasses, electrical tape, 4 in 1 screwdriver, wire cutter voltage tester, and some other materials like pressure relief valve discharge pipe fittings venting pipe and connectors and solder.

Once you’re all set you can do the replacement by shutting off the gas and the water before touching on any part of the hot water heater. The next step is to drain the water in the tank by opening the outlet valve or disconnecting the pipe cut off all the water lines servicing the heater to ensure there is no inflow of water. Attach a relief valve and a copper discharge pipe. Identify the accessory that needs to be replaced and do a replacement. After you have fixed your hot water heater you can check if it is functioning optimally.


David: Penn State-educated Mechanical Engineer and Business-savvy Fluid Dynamics Specialist. Balances family plumbing business support with a thriving engineering career at a top, undisclosed company. (they want it that way) I help Will with plumbing and HVAC needs on his Real Estate.

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