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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 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.

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.

Reviews for Charlotte water heater installation professionals
Nathalie S.
Juan was a dream to work with! He installed our gas water heater and all is working perfectly.
John B.
Worked with Honesty Mechanical to install a gas tankless water heater. They were very professional and removed the old water heater and showed up for every appointment on time and with a good attitude. My only gripe with the situation was that I was not informed the city would have to come out and inspect the water heater before the gas could be connected to the water. It would have been good to hear that from the sales person, because I was without hot water for two and a half weeks. Not the fault of Honesty Mechanical, but feel like someone involved could have let me know the process and scheduled an inspection for the day after the water heater was installed. Would definitely hire them again, very good and responsive customer service.
Honesty MechanicalHonesty Mechanical
Yi x.
The folks are very helpful in quickly installing the new water-heater and pulling away the old one. Great work! Punctual and very professional!
Honesty MechanicalHonesty Mechanical
Thumbtack Customer
New water heater installation. Everything went perfectly - he was in and out in about 1 1/2 hours. Will definitely use GBH again.
G.B. H. Plumbing and DrainsG.B. H. Plumbing and Drains
Ryan G.
John installed a new water heater for me after my old one died. He picked up the new unit and removed the old one, which was very helpful. Even though the job wasn’t straightforward since the new heater was a very tight fit based on today’s heater dimensions, John got the job done in a quality fashion. He also installed an expansion tank and drain pan for me.
Cornerstone Property Care, LLCCornerstone Property Care, LLC
Candace G.
Thanks so much for such a quick response and turnaround on installing my new water heater. He was very professional, kept my new carpet clean and got it up and running quickly. Will definitely hire again! Thanks again.
G.B. H. Plumbing and DrainsG.B. H. Plumbing and Drains
Thumbtack Customer
I hired John and Teri to install a new water heater. Things couldn't have gone better. John and Teri were great. John was very thorough in explaining everything as he installed it. It was a great personal experience, like having a couple of friends come over and help with a project.
Cornerstone Property Care, LLCCornerstone Property Care, LLC
Anant G.
My rental property’s water heater died right in the middle of the winter and I bought Lowe’s emergency service to install Water Heater but after buying I hit with another surprise that they don’t install on weekends and its not written anywhere. This just gave me and my Tanent a nightmare. Fortunately I found WK Repair and I contacted in the afternoon and they simply got it ready to doin next couple of hrs, they are absolutely professional, I would say more than any bigger company you see in the market. They finished the job not just in time but also in a very professional way. I can’t say more about their professionalism and work quality, I will always consider them as my first choice for upcoming plumbing and repair works.
WK Repair & ServiceWK Repair & Service
Tom B.
Mo was AWESOME! Woke up on a Saturday morning with no hot water. Got ahold of TM Street and my concerns and needs were taken care of in a very professional manner in a remarkably short period of time. My water heater installation was made more complicated by the fact it was located in the pull down attic. I feel certain that most people wouldn’t have even tried to complete the task but Mo did it while always wearing a smile. If we have any further needs I’ll certainly give him a call!
Street Heating & A/CStreet Heating & A/C
John C.
Jonathan removed and installed a new water heater for us including bringing us up to code standards. We shopped around for a while before deciding on Jonathan. He provided a fair price for his services and not only made sure work was done correctly but also walked us through exactly what he was going to do, why it’s important and necessary, and treated us with the upmost respect. I would recommend Done Right to a friend with plumbing or handyman needs.
Done Right Plumbing and Handyman ServicesDone Right Plumbing and Handyman Services
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