If your water heater is old and not functioning efficiently, it may be time to replace it. Once you have a new one in place, it is likely to last at least a decade.
At this point, you may be wondering how much it would cost to replace and install a water heater in CT. On average, replacing and installing a water heater may cost you anywhere between $800 and $1,200. Similarly, advanced systems can even amount to $10,000 or more.
Replacing this appliance may be slightly more expensive than others. This is because installation involves various aspects, such as:
– The unit’s price
– Labor from a certified plumber
– Installation materials
– Installation permits
– Present position of your plumbing
– Present position of pipes
– Whether you want to install your water heater in a different place
– Whether you want to switch from tank to tankless, or electric to gas. This may involve adding a gas line or rewiring your house
– Moving the old unit away
Here are all the details regarding the most important factors that influence the final cost of replacing and installing a water heater:
Tank Vs. Tankless
Water heaters with tanks have been a standard in the industry for more than a 100 years. They consist of 30 to 80-gallon tanks of hot water. The average cost of installation for these heaters is $650-$2,100, including the unit, labor and materials.
Tankless heaters are also rather effective. They heat water as it travels through the waterline instead of storing it. It can cost around $1,000-$3,500 to install these types of heaters.
Electric vs. Gas
Water heaters run on either electricity or gas (propane or natural gas). Heat is provided either by an electric coil or gas flame.
Electric water heaters are usually priced $100-$200 lesser than gas water heaters. Nevertheless, due to high electricity bills and the lower cost of gas, people prefer buying gas heaters. Electric water heaters are more popular in compact locations as they do not need venting.
Direct Vent vs. Power Vent
Gas water heaters emit exhaust that needs to be released either via an overhead vent flue or a power vent blower. If you wish to replace an electric water heater with a power vent version, you will have to pay an extra $500-$1,000 to get the vent pipe fixed.
Power vent heaters release exhaust either vertically or horizontally with the help of a fan. They make use of low-cost PVC rather than an expensive metal flue pipe. Power venting water heaters are typically priced $300-$600 more than direct vent water heaters. Electric work and wiring may amount to an additional $300-$500.
Other than the cost of the unit and the labor associated with installation, there may be some extra costs associated with replacing and installing a water heater. Expenses may include those related to hauling away an old water heater, installing gas or water lines, carpentry or electrical work, and permit fees.
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