Water Heater Installation Costs

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Water Heater Replacement Sterling VA

The typical life expectancy of a traditional tank-style natural gas water heater or electric water heater is around 8 to twelve years, so the prospect of needing to replace a water heater is a typical house improvement. We have discussed some of the elements that influence the setup expenses here.

The costs to install a brand-new Sterling hot water heater do range in rate depending on the company performing the installation, and depending upon the kind of water heater installed. As an example, energy-efficient tankless water heaters do cost more to set up, though those expenses can be recouped over the life of the device. Take a look at this tool fromĀ homewyse.com that will offer a price quote on water heater installation costs for the part of the nation one stays in.

Water Heater Installation Cost Factors

Without seeing the area that ones water heater will be installed or replaced, it is hard to give a specific idea of the expense. If it is a water heater replacement, and is being replaced with a similar sized and design of heater, the setup costs will be extremely reasonable. If one is changing to a different kind of water heater, like from an electric to a gas or tankless device, the setup costs will be greater due to the fact that we will need to possibly install gas lines and hookups.

Another factor to consider is to see to it a replacement water heater will be up to code with what is required now, not with what the code was ten to 12 years ago when the current water heater was installed. Also, there is the potential that the current water heater was not up to code when it was initially set up either! Which can be the case if a previous property owner did the installation him or herself.

Because of the safety aspects involved with water heaters, it is definitely best to have a professional plumbing business manage the installation. One, many house owners will not have a good idea of exactly what the code requirements are. One threat element is that electric water heaters utilize 240 volts of electrical power, which is extremely unsafe to work with if not experienced in doing so. Water Heater Repair Sterling spends a lot of time dealing with poorly set up water heaters.

Another safety concern with not having a professional set up ones water heater is working with natural gas lines. This, too, can be unsafe, and a scenario where there can not be any leakages.

A last safety concern is with appropriately venting the exhaust to make sure carbon monoxide gas leaves the home. Carbon monoxide poisoning happens more often than the majority of people think, and it is best to ensure one has a carbon monoxide detector in ones house too. According to the Centers for Disease Control, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning triggers 400 deaths each year and 20,000 visits to the emergency room.

Other factors to consider with installing is making sure it is plumbed correctly, there is enough clearance and ensuring drip pans are geared up, if required.