Hot Water Heater Installation
New Hot Water Heater Replacement & Installation for the Kansas City Area
A working water heater is something most of us depend on for a variety of household tasks. It’s not a fun experience to hop in the shower and have ice cold water rain down on you without warning. So when it’s time to pick a new water heater, it’s important to get a product that will meet the needs of your home and continue to work for many years to come. There’s nothing like a nice, hot shower to start your day off right or to end your hectic day with some relaxation. Whether you’re moving into a new house or it’s time to replace your old water heater, you should choose a professional plumbing company to handle the installation of your new water heater system.
Hot Water Tank Options
The first important decision to make is what type of water heater you’d like: electric, gas, or oil. You’ll also need to decide whether you’d like a traditional tank water heater or a tankless one.
There are a number of different factors to consider that will affect which type of water heater is ideal for your home. First, geographic location will affect both the overall cost of fuel prices and water heater replacement costs. Depending on where your water heater is located, inside the home, the outside climate can affect energy use and the temperature of the water entering the heater: the colder the water is when it enters the heater, the more energy will be needed to heat it; local fuel prices should be considered, as well.
A second factor is the location of the water heater, within your home, which will impact the replacement cost. If the water heater is located in a tricky-to-reach spot, such as an attic or basement, installers may charge extra for the additional labor of having to climb up or down stairs. Moreover, you’ll want to consider whether a leak to your heater would cause significant damage to the house or not, in its current location.
A third factor is the size of your new water heater, which will also affect the cost. Tank-style heaters come in 20 to 100 gallons of storage, but a 40-gallon tank size is the most common size. Forty gallons is ideal for a two-person household, but if you have more than five people living in your home, consider a 60-to-80 gallon tank. To give you an idea of pricing differences, a 30-gallon tank-style water heater costs from $270 to $900, while an 80-gallon tank ranges from $1,000 to $3,000.
One last factor to consider is the type of water heater you plan to install: natural gas or electric. In general, natural gas water heaters cost $100 to $200 more than electric heaters. Heating is provided by either an electrical coil or a gas pilot light. Although natural gas water heaters cost more and are not very energy efficient, it’s worth considering a gas heater simply because the cost of electricity is so much higher. This makes the natural gas option ultimately more cost-effective. However, electric water heaters may work best for small studio apartments or very confined spaces since they don’t need ventilation.
Reasons for New Hot Water Tank Installation
We rely on our hot water heaters daily, so it’s important to ensure they are properly maintained. Unfortunately, repairing a water heater is complicated and requires a licensed plumber. Even when you have a professional plumber in your corner, it’s usually more cost-effective to forgo water heater repairs. Most of the time, it’s best to just get the tank replaced with a new one. It’s time to install a new hot water heater if you’re experiencing the following:
- No hot water throughout your home
- The hot water runs out quickly or takes a while to heat up
- Rusty-colored or odorous water
- The current water tank is leaking
- You would gain energy efficiency through hot water heater replacement
Water Heater Installation and Replacement FAQs
It’s natural to have questions about water heater replacement or about the water heater services our company provides. Here are a few answers to some of the common questions our plumbing company receives.
How does a water heater work?
Water heaters either use gas, propane, or electricity to heat water on demand that then flows through a faucet. Typically, most homes have a tank-type water heating system. If you can’t find a tank, but you have hot running water, you most likely have a tankless water heater. Our company has a professional plumber who can handle tankless water heater installation, electric water heater installation, gas water heater replacement, or installation of an oil water heater.
What is the average cost of replacing a hot water heater?
There are a variety of things that impact the cost of replacing your hot water heater. The most important aspect of cost is the model of water heater you choose. Different types have different initial costs, but one that costs more to purchase will likely cost less in utilization over the years you have it. The experts at Epic Plumbing, LLC can walk you through the ins and outs of water heater installation so you know what type will best service your home and the impacts it will have on your hot water moving forward.
What’s the difference between a tankless and a tank water heater?
One has a tank (a large water storage area) that keeps a certain amount of gallons of water hot at all times. Tankless units heat water as it flows through a heating unit, which means you can have a near endless supply of hot water using this option. However, bear in mind that tankless water heaters are more expensive since they take longer to install, but they also can last more than 20 years. They’re also not ideal for homes in colder climates, and larger homes may need multiple units in order to provide enough hot water for all your needs.
Does Epic Plumbing, LLC, offer free quotes?
Sure! Give us a call, and tell us about your water heater problems. We can help you determine which type of water heater would work best for your home and can help you compare prices on different models of water heater units. We understand that a water heater replacement can be an unexpected expense. That’s why we do everything we can to help you understand your options and help you come up with a solution.
Hot Water Heater Installation You Can Count On
If you are a homeowner with a water heater problem, you may think the best option is to run to the nearest Home Depot in Lee’s Summit. While it may be tempting to try a do-it-yourself project, it is important to understand when to call in the professionals. Professional water heater installation can save you valuable time and needless hassle and help you avoid common mistakes that can make a small job quite costly. Epic Plumbing proudly provides commercial and residential plumbing services, plumbing supplies, and drain services in Pleasant Hill, and Raymore, Missouri, and surrounding areas in Cass County. Call (816) 987-7129 or contact EPIC Plumbing, LLC, online today!