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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 Chicago water heater installation professionals
Jay F.
This was my second time using Gus to install a water heater. He installed two water heaters in two rental properties of mine. His Pricing was great. His Responsiveness and work quality even better. Gus fielded my inquiry / request on thumbtack at 9pm at night and had my water heater installed by 930am the next day. I hope to use Gus again in the future for my plumbing needs.
Gus's plumbing serviceGus's plumbing service
John A.
Installed hot water heater. Very easy to work with. On time and completed the job as promised
Red's Plumbing  Drain and Sewer (camera services)Red's Plumbing Drain and Sewer (camera services)
Scott G.
Great job installing a new water heater, even though it was a little tougher installation than what was initially planned.
Bradley's plumbing, sewer and foundation crack'sBradley's plumbing, sewer and foundation crack's
Dan A.
Don completed the water heater installation the day after I contacted him. He did a great job and was very reasonable. A+!
Charge ConstructionCharge Construction
Griselda S.
George is professional and reasonably priced. He installed a tankless electronic water heater and was very knowledgeable! I will recommend him to others.
George American PlumbingGeorge American Plumbing
Tamila H.
Alex was very knowledgeable, patient, responsive, and professional when installing my water heater. He completed the job wonderfully and waited until the hot water was running properly. I highly recommend his services!
Totka Plumbing LLCTotka Plumbing LLC
George R.
Andre was professional, honest, knowledgeable and paid attention to details. He installed a water heater for me and my HVAC pump. Great work and great value. Highly recommend.
Bean'z Heating@CoolingBean'z Heating@Cooling
Marissa P.
Thanks for your services! Juan responded right away and was able to come install my new water heater the same day and for a reasonable price! I’ll definitely be keeping his info for the future.
Nikas heating and coolingNikas heating and cooling
Thumbtack Customer
He responded very fast and was very affordable. He installed the water heater but left us with no water pressure. I understand that all my pipes are not brand new but he could have stayed to help flush out the sediment. Water that's dribbling out is hot too bad we can't use a dribble.
Ron KwaakRon Kwaak
Thumbtack Customer
Ron responded quickly to my request for someone to install my water heater. He came out the next day and in a timely manner, took out my old water heater and put in my new one for a great price!! He also did more than I expected( new copper pipes and turn off valve). I HIGHLY recommend him. Very honest and decent guy.
Ron KwaakRon Kwaak
Andrew B.
I chose Brian at LoPrestis Services after vetting several vendors and considering other outside estimates and I am glad that I did! He replaced an ancient water heater that had a busted drain valve, making a standard replacement even more difficult, but he worked quickly and thoroughly to complete the removal and installation. He even offered to pick up the new water heater from Home Depot as a courtesy saving me time and money. The new heater works great! I strongly recommend choosing Brian for your project.
Chicago Plumber's inc.Chicago Plumber's inc.
Josh R.
H&Q did an amazing job on installing a new water heater in a cramped closet of my condo. They responded to all of my questions quickly and finished the job with speed and efficiency. I would hire them again without a second thought.
H & Q Heating and Cooling LLCH & Q Heating and Cooling LLC
Scott S.
Alex was an absolute professional. He was responsive, punctual and very knowledgeable about plumbing. After installing a new hot water heater for me, Alex went above and beyond expectations to troubleshoot an issue with older pipes at my property to increase the water pressure from what it was previously. I would definitely work with Alex again and highly recommend him.
Totka Plumbing LLCTotka Plumbing LLC
John L.
Bradley did an excellent job installing my new water heater at an affordable price. Was very thorough in his work and explained many aspects of plumbing to me. I would certainly recommend him to others and have him back when I need plumbing work done again.
Bradley's plumbing, sewer and foundation crack'sBradley's plumbing, sewer and foundation crack's
Cheryl s.
Brian and Chris both came out to get the job done. The guys were super friendly, got a complicated install completed and clean up everything when they left. They weren't the cheapest or the most expensive. Sort of in between. But I feel it was a fair price for all that had to be done to fit my new water heater into the closet.
Chicago Plumber's inc.Chicago Plumber's inc.
Ryan P.
Toby and Stephanie run a great ship here. My water heater went out and within an hour and a half we had negotiated the quote as well as the installation and take away. The price was reasonable and the service was top notch. Installation took about 2 hours in tight quarters and I couldn't be happier. This was all taken care of on a Saturday. The service was excellent, please spread the word as they provide top-notch service. Thank you so much!!
Pro Tech DesignsPro Tech Designs
Craig A.
"Precise" is only one of the adjectives I would use in describing Mr. Garcia's work ethic, as his attention to detail showed in the finished product of our project. His inspection of our water - heater--before being commissioned to do the job-- illustrated both his knowledge and professionalism. From beginning to end he explained what needed to be done to ensure that the installation/replacement of our hot water heater would be seamless. Fellow reviewers, we all understand and appreciate those times when we come upon professional contractors who are truly "professional" in every sense of the word. Mr. Alberto Garcia's Green Contractor (Plumbing Division) certainly exhibits such. Thanks you Alberto! Craig and Shirley Haynes
Green ContractorGreen Contractor
Brian J.
It was a pleasure working with Brian. He's a straightforward contractor who knows his stuff. We hired him to replace our water heater but he went above and beyond. He identified several things about the prior install that weren't done properly and went out of his way to make sure our entire system was up to code and working properly (even the things that didn't directly relate to replacing the water heater tank). It would have been very easy for him to simply hook back into the existing piping and ventilation but he knew it wasn't done properly so he re-routed pipes and capped off ventilation that had been improperly installed before. The best part: He didn't charge us for the extra work that made our system compliant with code and safer for our family. I'll hire Brian again and HIGHLY recommend him to anyone who needs a plumber.
Chicago Plumber's inc.Chicago Plumber's inc.
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