Things To Know Before Having A New Water Heater Installed

Posted on: 23 March 2020

Having a new water heater installed does not seem very complicated. You call a plumber, and they come install a water heater that is similar to your older one. This is not an inaccurate characterization of the water heater installation process, but it is a little simplified. Here are some things worth knowing before you have a water heater installed.

1. You can relocate your water heater, if desired.

If you do not like where your water heater is located, this is your perfect opportunity to move it. Your plumber will already be onsite, so they can run a new water line and gas line to a different space. Move it closer to the wall so you have more open storage space, or relocate it to a different room in the basement. You'll pay a lot more to have this done later than you'll pay to have it done when you're already replacing the appliance.

2. There are different capacities available.

Think about your hot water supply. Do you often run out of hot water before everyone is done showering? Do you wish you could do the dishes and then take a bath without waiting for the water to re-heat? These are signs you may want to buy a replacement water heater with a larger capacity than your old one. An 80-gallon tank works well for larger families and others who blow through a lot of hot water.

3. It's worth paying a little more for improved efficiency.

You might be surprised by the range of costs when it comes to hot water heaters. While it is tempting to just buy the cheapest tank available, it is often worth paying a little more for a tank that is more efficient. You'll save money in the long run since your energy bills will be lower. 

4. Installation is often included in the price.

If you are shopping for a water heater through a plumber, there is a good chance that the cost of installation is included in the prices you are seeing. Take this into account when deciding on an option. If you do decide to relocate your water heater, your installation costs might be higher since this will take your plumber more time.

To learn more about water heater installation, reach out to a contractor near you. They can answer any questions you have and make sure you fully understand this process. 

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