Water Heater Replacement Cost What Factors Affect The Calculation?

Water Heater Replacement Cost What Factors Affect The Calculation?

A water heater is a vital piece of home equipment. When it stops operating correctly and it's time to replace it, the typical cost of a new water heater can range from $811 to $1,566. Solar water heaters, hybrid or high-efficiency, tankless, and standard tank storage are among the several types of water heaters. The cost of installation and labor will also go into the overall cost of replacing a water heater. Scroll down to understand all the factors that can affect water heater replacement costs. 


Water and gas piping, venting pipes and connectors, solder, pressure release valves, pipe thread compound, fitting, discharge pipes, and other components may be used to install a water heater. Depending on the particular materials required for the job, these items can raise the cost of replacing a water heater.

Venting System

The method of airing a water heater really boils down to two choices: power vent and direct vent. A direct vent heater's exhaust gases are expelled through a chimney positioned above the unit or an exhaust pipe. If converting from electric to gas, this type of device can add $500 to $1,000 to the entire water heater replacement cost. A power vent heater's fan or blower pushes gases out of the house.


Electricity and natural gas are used in all types of water heaters. Natural gas water heaters are typically up to $200 more expensive than electric water heaters. A gas pilot light or an electrical coil is used to heat the room. Despite the fact that natural gas water heaters are more expensive and less energy efficient, the high cost of electricity makes natural gas the most cost-effective option in the long run. Electric water heaters, which do not require venting, may be the best option for small apartments or highly tight spaces.

Location of System

Additional expenses may be added to the installation price if the water heater is in a difficult-to-reach location in a basement or attic, or if the installers will have to carry the water heater up or down numerous flights of stairs. Because a water heater can spring a leak at any time, the position of the water heater is critical so that if it happens, it does not do severe damage to the residence.

Tank vs. Tankless

A tank water heater keeps hot water in a big tank that contains 30 to 80 gallons of water. Tank-style water heaters account for more than 90% of all water heaters installed in the United States. Tankless water heaters are frequently two to three times more expensive than traditional tank heaters. They're more complicated to install and will cost you more money in the long run. The main benefit of tankless water heaters is that they use a series of super-heated coils to provide an unending supply of hot water.

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