Cost of Replacing a Water Heater

Replacing a water heater is never something a homeowner usually thinks about or even plans. Most times the water heater fails and a quick solution is sought out instead of considering options and additional costs involved. Here are the main factors which drive to cost of replacing a residential water heater. www.mammothplumbing.com

What Size Water Heater is Needed?

One of the first aspects to go over is the size of the water heater. The size of the water heater will mainly depend on the size of your household. You want to make sure to get the perfect size to accommodate everyone’s water usage. Some of the choices in gallons can include a 40 gallon, 50 gallon or a 60 gallon water heater, just to mention a few. It is almost always better to buy a large tank and have plenty of hot water instead of not having quiet enough. But of course, the larger the unit, the more expensive.


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Where is Your Water Heater Located Within the Home?

The location of your water heater is important but more important is access and connectivity. Having the water heater tucked away in the attic or crawl space may be nice to have it out of the way but will add cost to remove your old unit and bring in the new unit. Making the job harder for a plumber will only make the cost more expensive. If your water heater isn’t near the main source of water, replacing or upgrading connecting pipes can add further expense. Then there is height of the unit itself. A taller unit maybe confining to install when a shorter unit would make installation easier.

Gas, Electric or Tankless

You have three choices that you can choose from when it comes to types of water heaters. Those choices are gas, electric or tankless water heaters. The choice will depend on your budget. Although each of these three choices are great and offer various advantages,the difference comes with short term and long term cost. Electric water heaters are typically the cheapest in unit cost and require only a water and electrical connection to operate. Gas water heaters will probably come out cheaper by saving you money on your monthly electric bill but the units are more expensive and require a gas connection. Investing in tankless water heaters can save you a lot of space in your home, offer on-demand hot water and save on your energy bills over the long term, but are more expensive. In the end, it is best to work your budget around the water heater that would suit you and your family the best.

Every plumber has a brand of water heaters that they prefer but most will install any brand heater you want. The most popular and reputable brands are Bradford White, Rheem, A.O. Smith, American, Ruud, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Richmond, Polaris and Apollo. The top tankless water heater brands are Rinnai, Noritz, American, Rheem and Ruud


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Energy Star Rated

A product that carries an Energy Star sticker means that the product does its regular workload but with the added benefit of conserving energy. These types of products are perfect for anyone who wants to save a little money on utility bills. While most water heaters today are energy star rated, it is still a feature a homeowner should make sure of when purchasing a new unit.

Mammoth Plumbing Co. has served the Houston area with quality affordable plumbing services. If you are in need of a new water heater or repair work, call us today. We are preferred Bradford White installer. We are here to answer all your questions.