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Figuring the Cost of a Water Heater Installation – Don’t Go in the Red

Figuring the Cost of a Water Heater Installation – Don't Go in the RedIf you’ve had your water heater so long that you can’t remember when you got it, it’s probably not long before you’ll have to get a new one. It’s best to be prepared for that eventuality by briefly looking at the costs of water heater installation. You don’t want to be stuck with cold showers in January without any idea what it’s going to cost to get the hot water flowing again.

Traditional storage tank water heaters usually have a lifespan of 8-12 years, so if your system is that old, you may be experiencing shorter hot showers lately or having to time your hot-water uses so they aren’t happening simultaneously. Repairs can only do so much with an older water heater, so sooner or later, you’ll need a replacement.

But just how much do you need to pay for a new water heater installation? There’s no clear-cut answer to this question, not when costs vary depending on the kind of installation you want. For example, the price for a conventional water heater is different from an energy-efficient tankless unit, and electric powered models have different installation and purchase costs from gas-fueled ones.

There are other factors to consider as well, such as the location of the new installation, the kind of system the old one is, and the necessary physical changes necessary to meet current code. For example, if your current water heater is powered by electricity, and you want to switch to gas, the contractor will have to run venting from the new unit, and make sure gas lines are available to service it.

For a correct estimate of the costs, you should hire qualified HVAC professionals to inspect the location, assess the system’s current condition, identify areas to be addressed, and make suggestions. Only then can a reliable price quote be made.

Luckily, you don’t need to look far for professionals when you’re in Fresno because at Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning we have highly trained experts to handle proper water heater installation. Contact us today for a price quote or learn more about our services.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Fresno, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about water heater installation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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