One major purchase Cleveland area homeowners may have ahead of them – without realizing it– is a new water heater. While declining water heaters provide a few signs, they can also unexpectedly fail. A little preparation can prepare you for the cost of a new water heater.
Signs of Age
Most water heaters last eight to 12 years. This life span drops if your water is hard – full of dissolved minerals – or if regular maintenance has been deferred. You may bear the cost of a new water heater very soon if your hot showers turn unexpectedly cold, you see rust-colored water from the hot water faucet, or if you notice water puddles beneath the water heater.
No Phone Estimates
A qualified plumber who values you as a customer will politely decline to give a price quotation by telephone. This is because the water heater work site greatly affects labor and installation costs:
- Size of work area
- Condition of existing connecting pipes
- Ease of moving the old heater out and new one in
- Condition of gas or electric connections
The cost of a new water heater is highly variable. Ask your plumbing professional to come in to inspect the location, size your water heater, and prepare a written estimate.
The traditional tank water heater – in sizes from 30 gallons to 70 gallons – has served Americans well. When evaluating the cost of a new water heater, consider the tankless water heater, despite an up-front cost that can nearly double your installation expenses. Benefits include:
- Far more fuel- and energy-efficient than tank models
- Clean water – no rust or scale
- Long life span
- Unlimited supply of hot water
If you plan to remain in your Cleveland area home for at least another decade, these on-demand models can save you money.
Installation is Not for Amateurs
Either choice – tankless or tank – should be installed by a professional plumber. You risk gas leaks, electrocution, water leaks and broken pipes if you attempt installation yourself.
For more help weighing the cost of a new water heater, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing.
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