Water Heater Installation 101: Cost & Preparation

If you’re dealing with a water heater line leak or you have a hot water heater leaking from the bottom, it’s most likely time for a replacement. A water heater that requires constant fixes may often cause you more money and stress in the long run than a complete replacement. For more serious leaks (or even outright failure), it may be a better decision to just replace a water heater and avoid possible property damage or serious personal injury. 

Your water heater is an important component of your home, providing you with hot water for bathing, washing dishes and laundry. As such, it’s a critical fixture of any home and should be immediately serviced or replaced should anything be amiss. How much a water heater costs to replace and what to do to prepare for this work depends on a few different factors.

What Does It Cost To Install A Water Heater?

It’s never fun to hear that costs vary from project to project; however, that’s especially true for services surrounding water heater replacement. This is true of replacing many common household plumbing fixtures and appliances. There are several factors that wind up playing a role in the overall cost. Two of the most important aspects of any water heater installation job are what type of water heater you’re installing and labor.

Types Of Water Heaters

The biggest component of any water heater replacement cost breakdown relates directly to the installation of the unit and any applicable permitting fees. Tankless water heaters are typically priced between $1,000 and $2,999, whereas traditional water heaters are often less expensive depending on the size, brand and specifications. Learn more about the differences and similarities between tankless and standard water heaters.

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After you’ve chosen your water heater, you’ll need to factor in the cost of labor. Labor from a licensed and insured plumber for water heater installation depends on factors like geography and availability as well as retrofitting and water heater location, to name a few. These associated costs vary from job to job and company to company. We recommend shopping around and selecting a technician or team that is licensed, bonded and insured. 


Keep in mind that if it’s an emergency installation job, you will probably incur surcharges in order to get the job done as quickly as possible. Fast Water Heater offers on-demand emergency services for property management teams. If you’re a property manager and have multiple tenants without hot water or are experiencing leaks that may result in serious property damages, on-demand emergency services are a must.


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How To Prepare For A Water Heater Installation

If you want to speed up the installation process, there are a few steps you can take to get ready for your water heater installation. For starters, you’ll want to turn off the gas (if your unit is gas) and also shut off your water supply. If you’re comfortable and know the steps, you can drain your water heater yourself, using a hose to do so. This will help prepare your water heater to be replaced more quickly, since your plumber won’t have to handle these simple tasks when they first arrive.


As you can see, there are a few ways that you can best prepare for water heater installation. Ultimately, one of the best ways to get the full financial picture about your water heater replacement is to reach out to a company like Fast Water Heater Company to learn more about their dedicated property management division. Understanding how each factor plays a role in the overall cost will help you make a more informed decision as a homeowner or property manager. Understanding the factors that go into water heater installation allows you to get the job done properly and professionally without being surprised at the overall bill. Reach out to Fast Water Heater for a free estimate today to learn how much your replacement will cost and get your hot water back in no time at all. If you’re facing a water heater emergency call Fast Water Heater now! We’re standing by. 


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