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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 Antonio water heater installation professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Installed water heater quickly at a reasonable price.
Martin G PlumbingMartin G Plumbing
Michael P.
responded right away to a water heater leak, diagnosed problem, new water heater installed the next day in one hour! very professional
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Paul B.
Good price for water heater installation. We had a problem with hot water flow. He stayed until it was figured out.
T.G. Home SolutionsT.G. Home Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Joel and his worker showed up on time and did a great job at installing a water heater and water softener. The price was very reasonable. Thanks!
Acosta PlumbingAcosta Plumbing
Gloria P.
Did the job in a timely manner. I called him and the same day he installed a new water heater. Thanks!!
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Thumbtack Customer
Incredibly fast service. I had a water leak after my water heater went out and he was here in less than three hours. His crew work quickly and efficiently and I had a new heater installed before 5 pm. He took the time to explain to me what was going on and was very professional and fair priced.
Texas State A/c & Electrical LLCTexas State A/c & Electrical LLC
Tom G.
Armando was very efficient and took care not to damage my property as he worked. It was a difficult install of a water heater in a very tight area. He tackled the job with ease.
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Scot S.
We requested a water heater be installed right away. Our request went out late at night and Sallpro came out early the next morning and installed our water heater quickly and professionally. They did an excellent job at a very affordable price. Do yourself a favor, use this company for all your plumbing jobs. My family will for sure. Nice to find a honest plumbing company with very reasonable prices and excellent workmanship.
Sallpro PlumbingSallpro Plumbing
Dianne K.
Johnny was very prompt and professional and willing to work on a Sunday to install my leaking water heater at a reasonable price. I am very pleased with his service. Dianne K.
Triple J Handyman SeviceTriple J Handyman Sevice
Frank Z.
Fast response and honest and reasonable price. Finished 50 gal water heater install in one hour. Very satisfied experience. What can I say? Pick them
Revilla’s Plumbing CompanyRevilla’s Plumbing Company
Chawanna C.
They were able to get to our project within the week and had the water heater installed in less than 30 minutes. I appreciated that they brought one with them to make it easier for me.
Oakridge plumbingOakridge plumbing
Ron B.
Mike and Carlos were fantastic. I am overly satisfied with their work, their professionalism and going above and beyond. They completed my gas hot water install quickly and efficiently and it was in my attic on the 2nd floor! They helped me pick out a water heater to fit my budget and needs. I highly recommend them for all your handyman projects. And they also had the best price!
Anytime Handyman Services
Joyce S.
I had this mystery "Hot Water Bank" it's labeled GE - (waterless water box) in a closet. David was able to tell me it's actually not being used as a water heater. Rather it was installed when the home was built (by a builder who I think was super conscientious about everything) in 1986. He had this installed to cool the outside HVAC unit and make it last longer! Must be working because it's a 32 year old unit still doing fine! No one else had understood what this was or how it was wired and plumbed in. Thanks David!!
Ewing PlumbingEwing Plumbing
Don J.
Jose Armando and his team were fantastic! I contacted him in the morning. He responded almost immediately. His pricing was very fair. He said he could install my water heater that afternoon. They installed the new one, hauled off the old one, cleaned up the area. I will definitely hire them in the future when I have a plumbing project. He also took the time to repair and replace my toilet valve that was leaking.
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Beverly C.
Daniel and his helper came today to install the new water heater. Both gentlemen were polite and did a great job. I was called about an hour after they left to make sure all was well with the install. I have never had anyone make a follow-up call before. I can't tell you how much I appreciated Dan going the extra mile for me. Whenever I need a plumber I will call this company. I highly recommend them.
Daniel TankeDaniel Tanke
Thumbtack Customer
Martin came out late in the afternoon and installed my new water heater. It was hot and in tight quarters, but that never slowed him down. He did a nice job and made sure nothing leaked. He was not pushy, and wasn't going to sell you anything you didn't need. He was very nice and made sure everything was satisfactory with me. I would recommend him for any plumbing work. He is very reasonable in price.
Martin G PlumbingMartin G Plumbing
Lu S.
We started working with Armando about 6 months on various projects for our rental properties. One was replacing a broken p-trap underneath the slab, which involved tunneling. Another was replacing the hot water heater and re-plumbing all the fixtures at a different property. We were happy with the jobs, he was professional and responsive, and it seemed that we had established good working relationship going forward. However, our most recent experience with hiring him to do some plumbing work at our home has left us disappointed. The job was to replace a kitchen faucet, a shower head and valve, tub fixtures, and reset a toilet. We let him know ahead of time that the tub parts were on back order but would like to go ahead and do the kitchen and shower first and have him come back for tub. In replacing the kitchen faucet, he pulled too hard to remove the old faucet and chipped half a dime size from the granite. It was an accident so we weren't too hung up on it and paid him the full amount and he said to just give him a ring when the tub parts arrived. The main issue is we reached out to coordinate with him to come back to install the tub fixtures multiple times over the span of several weeks and it still hasn't been done. When he came out last, he didn't have the correct tools with him. And since then, he's confirmed 2-3 different dates and ghosted us on all the appointments. No calls, texts, or follow up. We've been very patient and understanding and even told him if he needed us to hire someone else to finish the job because he's too busy, to just let us know. Ghosting us is very unprofessional and a complete disregard for our time. We were looking forward to having a go-to plumber for all of our properties but it looks like we'll need to keep looking.
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