- Posted by Mike
- On April 11, 2017
- electric, fail, Gas, Hot Water, Leak, Plumbing, Water Heater
If your water heater has taken a turn for the worse, then you may be left without any hot water. Your water heater is responsible for supplying all your appliances, sinks, and bathrooms. Are you showers becoming shorter and colder? Does hot water take forever to reach your sinks? If your heater begins to leak or fails to perform, then it may be time to purchase a new water heater. Water heaters can be on the expensive side, but are extremely dangerous to tamper with and install. It’s important that you hire a licensed professional to help you with this process, adding to how much you can expect to pay when shopping for a new water heater.
Background on Water Heaters
The more you know about your water heater, the better equipped you are to make the right choice when purchasing a new one. The average lifespan of a tank-style water heater (either gas or electric) is about 8-12 years. These types of heaters can cost anywhere from $800-$1,600. An alternative to tank-style water heaters is tankless water heaters. Tankless heaters have longer lifespans (about 20+ years) and tend to cost more. Many homeowners can expect to replace their water heater at least once, making it a common investment for home improvement.
Hiring a Professional
It’s imperative that you hire a licensed and experienced plumber to help with your water heater installation. This procedure is dangerous and can result in costly damages if not done properly. You water heater uses over 240 volts of electricity and is connected to your homes gas lines. This alone warrants the need for professional assistance. In addition to the cost of the heater and the installation fees from the plumber, you may find out that your new heater requires additional electric and/or plumbing work. The price on this is variable, depending on your home and situation, but can quickly add up on your final bill. Be sure to have a plumber perform and comprehensive evaluation or your home and water heater before you make a purchase.
Not Sure Which Water Heater is Right For You?
Call your friends at ACE Home Services and speak with one of our experienced and certified plumbers. We will discuss your options and help you figure out which water heater is right for you. ACE is known for value, working with your budget to help you find the perfect solution for your home at the right cost.