Purchasing a water heater is a task that is usually done in an emergency situation usually because the old one has broken and needs replaced. There are many things to consider when making a change. Read on and ask yourself these questions before you replace your water heater.
What to Think About When Replacing a Water Heater
Before you purchase a new water heater, you will want to ask yourself a few questions. Think through these questions to make sure that you are getting the proper water heater for your family and home.
- Did the old water heater do a sufficient job and provide adequate hot water?
- Are you planning to make any changes to your hot water needs? I.e.: having children, in-laws moving in, adding a bathroom, adding shower heads or a soaking tub, etc.
- Is there a choice as to whether you change the energy source for the water heater? Is natural gas available? Was a new propane tank installed?
- Are there any rebates or incentives in your area to upgrade to a more efficient water heater?
- Do you have a budget?
- Is financing needed or available?
Things to Consider When Hiring a Technician
Now that you have the answers above, you are ready to move on to the next step. As you discuss the installation process with the technician that is coming to your home, keep the following things in mind.
- Make sure to choose a contractor that is properly licensed and has the necessary insurance coverage.
- Pay close attention to make sure the technician is asking you the questions above so the proper product is selected and installed.
- Double check that the contractor will get the necessary permit and have the system inspected after the installation.
- Check online reviews about the company you are having to do the work.
- Check manufacturer’s websites to see if there are any preferred contractor’s in your area to install the product. Many times the manufacturer has training requirements for their specific products and they make sure to promote those who have taken the time to learn the proper application and installation.
Additional FAQs and Answers
1. How much do water heaters normally cost?
Water heater installation prices vary greatly. Electric water heaters are the least expensive option ranging from $1,000.00 to $2,500.00. Gas water heaters range from $1,500.00 to 3,500.00. Tankless water heaters range from $2,500 to $5,000.00. Oil fired water heaters range from $2,500.00 to $4,500.00
2. What could cause the price of a water heater to vary?
There are many variables at play when calculating the cost of a new water heater. The type of water heater, accessibility, type of piping, need for expansion tank and backflow preventer, flue piping, need for chimney liners, bringing existing mechanical rooms up to code for combustion air requirements, length of gas piping, local permit costs, inspection costs, disposal of the old water heater, and warranty coverage. Material, labor, and contractor insurance pricing varies geographically which will impact your quote.
3. What should I check before I sign a proposal?
Make sure the model number and the details of all of the work is included in the proposal. If a permit is required, make sure the contractor secures the permit and schedules the inspection. Make sure that the contractor spells out who is responsible for any additional costs to pass inspection. Ask for all warranty information and find out if you or the contractor will need to register the new water heater to activate the warranty. Make sure all payment terms have been discussed.
The act of replacing a water heater is usually done in the event of an emergency. Don’t let this sneak up on you. Be prepared and know what to ask yourself and the technician upon installation! Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions.