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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.

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.

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. 

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.

Reviews for Salt Lake City water heater installation professionals
George M.
Installed a new water heater for me, quick and easy, very knowledgeable, will be hiring again soon
Clean Edge Design & BuildClean Edge Design & Build
Jesse P.
Nothing bad to say. I had a water heater leak. Water heater was installed in 1991 (WOW). I discovered the leak at 7am. By 12:30pm the whole thing was replaced and brought up to code. The quote was cheaper than the 4 others that I got.
City Creek PlumbingCity Creek Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Leroy from Low Price Water Heaters was able to work around my schedule, and went out of his way to explain everything I needed to know about my new water heater. He then contacted me 3 days after the install to make sure everything was working and that I was happy with my new water heater. Would most definitely hire him again.
Low Price Water HeatersLow Price Water Heaters
Glenn F.
Nate did a solid job installing my water heater on pretty short notice. He arrived when he said he would and explained to me everything he did once the job was complete. Even was patient enough to stick around while I tested the new water heater. Every job is different of course, but so far so good and I would recommend Nate to others looking for a value install man.
Nate’s Plumbing & Repairs.Nate’s Plumbing & Repairs.
Kristine L.
Anthony showed up on time and did a great job of installing my water heater. I will be having him do some more work for me in the future. Give him a call you will be happy you did!!
Young Handyman Services LLCYoung Handyman Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
There was an unfortunate series of events that happened while Ron was installing my water heater, my main line was severed and water poured into my house for more than an hour and a half. The city had to be called to shut off the main water line to my block. Ron did everything he could to handle the situation, but this was a horrifying experience. Only redeeming factor was that Ron remained calm under pressure.
Ron Conrad Plumbing ServicesRon Conrad Plumbing Services
Chris L.
Ashley was great. He came out right away to give me a quote and helped me navigate what system would be best for me. He ended up installing a new water heater, water softener and drinking water system all for less than the tankless water system that I was originally considering. I live in an older condo and Ashley made sure everything went smooth with my existing set up. Pricing was great for such an exceptional plumber. Sometimes it is tempting to use a handyman, but going with Ashley definitely paid off.
City Creek PlumbingCity Creek Plumbing
Amanda B.
They were able to get our water heater installed the same day we requested. I gave them the wrong size, but they were very professional and prompt in just going to get the right size. They ended up working late to make sure we were taken care of. Great quality work! They even took the time to walk us through the new heater and warranties before they left. They gave us a very fair flat quote they stuck to even having to go get a different heater. I would definitely call them again! Thank you!
Northridge Plumbing and HeatingNorthridge Plumbing and Heating
Karen D.
My regular plumber told me my water heater would need to be replaced soon and he quoted me $1,500. I put off replacing it because I thought I had some time. However, late Saturday night my water heater started leaking. I was going out of town Monday morning and had arranged for someone to stay at my house to take care of my dog. I needed to get this fixed quickly. I called my regular plumber and was told that I would be charged extra for a weekend call plus they wouldn't be able to replace it anyway because the shop was closed. Not very helpful. On Sunday morning I was frantically searching for a plumber and found Thumbtack. I explained my issue and said I needed the water heater replaced that morning. Aaron responded within 15 minutes. We had a conversation and he was at my house in an hour. Aaron went above and beyond. The way the furnace was installed made removing the old water heater difficult and he had to cut out some framing in the wall. Despite all of difficulty and a Sunday morning call, his price for the water heater replacement was well below what my original plumber had quoted me. I think I have a new plumber now. I would highly recommend Aaron. He was prompt, courteous, cleaned up, did a great job, and was very reasonably priced. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
A. Poll Plumbing, LLC.A. Poll Plumbing, LLC.
Suzanne S.
Tyler responded quickly to my request for cost and time frame to have new water heater installed. Mine was leaking all over my basement and he adjusted his busy schedule to make sure that I was taken care of quickly. The cost was less expensive than 4 other estimates and he got the job done much quicker than the other bids would have! I highly recommend this company and will contact Tyler for my future plumbing needs!
Northridge Plumbing and HeatingNorthridge Plumbing and Heating
Stan Z.
We requested a quote for water heater installation. They gave us a low quote so we asked one of their technicians to come to our house for consultation, with a $29 fee. After the consultation, the technician gave us the most expensive quote among all contractors, which is WAY more than their initial quote through thumbtack. I guess this is their business model: bait you with low quote and give a much higher quote after consultation. This way they profit both ways. I would not recommend them.
Expert Plumbing, Heating, and AirExpert Plumbing, Heating, and Air
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