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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How long is a water heater supposed to last?

Your water heater is an essential part of your home, heating water for showers, dishwashing, laundry and more. On average, a traditional water heater will last 8-12 years. The general consensus is that it’s better to replace your water heater with a new one than to repair one that’s 10 years old or more. Older models are less energy-efficient and thus more costly to run than newer models with better technology. Here are some indicators of when it may be time to replace an old water heater instead of repairing it:

  • Leaks: If leaking is not caused by loose connections, the water may be seeping out through slight fractures in the metal of the tank that have formed over time.
  • Strange noises: Clanking, rumbling and other noises can mean that sediment has formed on the base of your tank, contributing to fissures leaks, and inefficiency.
  • Age: If it’s more than 10 years old, it’s probably time to replace.
  • Discolored or rusty water: Have a pro check it out; if the problem isn’t resolved by draining and cleaning, you’ll want to replace the heater.
  • Lack of hot water: Inconsistent heating and hot water supply that runs out too quickly likely means it’s time for a new unit.

Is a permit required to install a hot water heater?

While some areas may not require a permit to install a hot water heater, chances are you live in an area that does. Many cities issue permits to install or replace hot water heaters to protect the safety of the public.

How long does it take to install a water heater?

For a licensed professional, it should take a few hours to remove an existing water heater and install a new one. This assumes that the site and materials are ready for the plumber to work and that no unforeseen issues arise.

Can I install a water heater myself?

Your best bet is to leave this job to a licensed professional, which is also recommended because your warranty and local building codes may require it. Before you install a water heater by yourself, check to find out if you need a permit and if it’s allowed in your building.

Installing a water heater yourself requires experience working with plumbing, as well as a good knowledge of your home’s water system and pipe routing. You’ll also need plenty of experience working with electrical systems. 

How much does it cost to install a hot water heater?

You’ll know when it’s time to install a new water heater. Water heater installation costs average between $360 and $780 nationally, with rates increasing depending on the project. The total project cost will be higher when you include the cost of the heater itself. Select your new water heater based on the number of occupants in your home and the number of gallons of capacity you’ll need. Installation costs can vary based on the type of water heater you are removing and the type you are installing, any necessary repairs, regional cost of labor, and whether disposal of the old heater is included. Natural gas water heaters retail on average between $650 and $900 for standard models. Electric water heaters range between $300 and $700 for standard models. Tankless electric water heaters retail on average between $250 and $700 for standard models. Tankless gas water heaters retail on average between $200 and $1,300.

A company may charge approximately $1,000 to replace a 50-gallon tank-style electric water heater (not including any upgrades required by building codes). Replacing a gas-powered water heater might cost $1,100 (not including code upgrades). Some companies roll the disposal of an old heater into the overall cost of the new water heater installation. Other professionals charge an additional removal fee that can range from $35 to $150.

Why is the water in my house not getting hot?

If the water in your house is not getting hot, it may be time for water heater repair. Nationally, the average water heater repair cost ranges between $120 and $200, although prices can range up to $400, depending on the problem and materials. Competent homeowners may also be able to try DIY fixes, whether they have a traditional gas or electric water heater or a tankless gas or electric heater. Troubleshooting the different issues that can arise with each of the styles requires some knowledge of how they operate and what red flags to look out for. For a natural gas water heater, the first step is to check whether the pilot light has gone out. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s directions if you want to relight it yourself. If you smell gas, stop everything and call your gas company — the smell could signal a dangerous gas leak. If your household’s water is not getting hot enough, you can try increasing the temperature on the water heater’s front dial above the standard setting of 120 degrees; for safety, always turn off electricity to the unit before adjusting temperatures. If you keep running out of hot water, your household may simply need a higher-capacity water heater, so consider upgrading. Quick professional fixes include replacing the thermostat or heating elements and cleaning and repairing the thermocouple.

How much does it cost to fix a hot water heater?

Nationally, the average water heater repair cost ranges between $120 and $200, although prices can range up to $400 or more. Water heater repair costs will depend on the type of water heater you have (tankless, electric, natural gas, etc.), the source of the problem, the cost for new parts, and labor rates in your area. Common water heater issues include problems with the thermocouple, thermostat, heating element and leaks. Most standard electric water heaters have two thermostats and two elements. One example for the cost to replace a bad thermostat is $185 for parts and labor. Replacing both the thermostat and the heating element could cost approximately $150-$200. The thermocouple is a safety device that senses when the pilot light is burning and signals the gas valve to close if the pilot light goes out. If your thermocouple is bad or corroded, the average cost to clean and repair it could be between $350 and $400. If your water heater has started to leak, it is usually more cost-effective to invest in a new water heater than to repair it, unless you’re covered by a warranty.

How much does it cost to install a tankless hot water heater?

Tankless water heaters usually cost more to install than traditional tanks, because many homes need to be retrofitted to accommodate the new system. Tankless electric water heaters retail on average between $150 and $1,200, and tankless natural gas water heaters retail between $200 and $1,300 on average. The lower prices ($150-$250) are generally for point-of-use tankless heaters that can be installed to boost hot water in high-demand areas such as the bathroom or kitchen sink. Tankless water heaters designed to heat whole homes usually start under $300 at the low end and go up to $1,400 or more. Pricing for whole-home varies with the heater’s technology and features. Nationally, standard water heater installation costs average $360-$780, but tankless water heater installation costs may range from $400 to $1,000, depending on the work needed. Some perks of tankless water heaters are that they have nearly double the life expectancy of traditional water heaters and are generally more cost-efficient. Homeowners may be able to save $100 or more per year on their utility bills with an Energy Star approved tankless heater, depending on how much hot water they use.

Reviews for San Diego water heater installation professionals
Nadia M.
Great job installing our new hot water heater on a Saturday with short notice!
Pacific TanklessPacific Tankless
Jeff M.
Installed new water heater with drip pan, expansion tank, and drain to exterior. Excellent work.
Aim Plumbing CaliforniaAim Plumbing California
Thumbtack Customer
I just had my new water heater installed by A J at Pacific Tankless. he showed up on time,he removed the old one,he fixed all the parts and installed the new one, he even took away the old water heater. great service. I recommend A J to everyone! Thanks A J! Peace!
Pacific TanklessPacific Tankless
Laurie R.
Chris was professional and a great communicator. He was responsive to my texts, prompt for my appointment and efficiently installed my hot water heater. There was a problem with the install, and an electrician had to be called, but Chris immediately rectified that extra expense.
MWH/ STAT Emergency PlumbingMWH/ STAT Emergency Plumbing
Jonathan J.
Had a great experience with Ince Plumbing in a pinch to replace a broken water heater. Communication was great, from getting a quick quote and scheduling through the installation, and Donny was great to work with. Highly recommend.
Ince PlumbingInce Plumbing
Philip G.
Did a great job, contacted them and within 24 hours they had my new water heater installed without any issues. Would definitely use them continually for all my plumbing problems.
Solid plumbing & drains incSolid plumbing & drains inc
Harikrishna D.
Shawn is an amazing plumber. He is professional and did a fantastic job replacing my old water heater. He also helped me fix some of my bathroom fixtures too. He is very reasonable and honest regarding costs involved in replacing and installation of the heater. All in all I had wonderful experience getting my plumbing needs completed by Shawn. I would definitely recommend him to others.
Affordable plumbingAffordable plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Rudy just installed a hot water heater for me and hauled away the old one. I got a very reasonable price and great work. My intake valve was all corroded and had to be replaced. He put in new piping and obviously takes pride in his work. Thanks Rudy! I'm clean!!!!!!
Swift Plumbing Co.Swift Plumbing Co.
Thumbtack Customer
Jose installed a new water heater. He did a great job, was reasonable in price. What I really appreciated is that he is a great communicator, told me exactly what was needed, what it would cost, how much he would charge. I would hire him again in an instant - and will for future jobs.
E-Z FixE-Z Fix
Sam M.
Very positive experience. I had 3 professionals from Thumbtack come and bid my project. West was professional, willing to answer my questions, and be flexible on which water heater to install and, most of all, was fair on price. With the other 2 companies, I felt like I was definitely getting preyed on. They were hoping to screw me on price. They bid me 700 dollars higher for the same job! I would definitely recommend.
West Plumbing & MechanicalWest Plumbing & Mechanical
Chris is the real deal! All the reviews about how great he is to work with is all true. Someone who knows his stuff. A master at his craft. Attention to detail and cares about his customers needs/wants. If you are looking for a trustworthy plumber who won’t sell you on something you don’t want or need he’s definitely the one to work with. I got a tankless water heater installed and he did it with running clean plumbing lines and made everything work that looked and made sense to the install location. I recommend this company a hundred times over.
MWH/ STAT Emergency PlumbingMWH/ STAT Emergency Plumbing
Tony R.
Christian is top-notch, superb, and excellent. He takes his time to give you a perfect work product. He saved space for us by putting his person touch onto the piping. His prices are extremely fair and great. I would not use anyone else. He will give you all the options and help you choose what works best for you. He installed a tankless water heater for my home and for my business. I recommend him and will use him for future projects.
Christati PlumbingChristati Plumbing
Taylor L.
I connected with Hugo the same morning he completed my water heater replacement and his responsiveness was fantastic as he was able to come out a mere few hours later. He did a great, professional job on the install for an equally great price. He was courteous and even cleaned up the site after (sadly something most contractors "forget" to do). He wanted to make sure I had all my questions answered and told me I could reach out to him later if I had any.
Hugo RangelHugo Rangel
Tyler L.
I had asked Juan some questions over the last few weeks about replacing my 20 year old water heater with a tankless electric version. He came out for free to give me an idea about what it would take and if going tankless was in my best interest. Later I called him to actually install a 40 gallon in my house while I was in the middle of a remodel. I told him that I needed the old unit removed, but I needed him to wait while I installed new flooring under. He was exceptionally patient while I needed to complete my project in steps. I had also shopped around a few different plumbers to get estimates and JEM felt like the best value and his customer service was awesome. If I need any other plumbing services in the future, this is the guy I would use.
JEM PlumbingJEM Plumbing
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