While the cost of water heaters can be high, sometimes it is worth paying the extra price and getting a new unit. If you already have a water heater, but it seems to be having trouble keeping up, perhaps you should consider replacement. It is important to note that water heaters are not all the same. They use different amounts of water, so knowing a bit about your unit is a good idea before you make the purchase.
The first hint that it is time to purchase a new water heater is common age. If your water heater was made in the past 40 years or so, then it is time for a replacement. As a general rule, most tankless water heaters will last, on average, around 8 to 10 years. The tankless models will use a smaller amount of water than the tank models. So, while the cost will be higher initially, you may find yourself saving money in the long run as water use reduces over time.
Next, there is plumbing. Some people don’t consider this expense when they are shopping for water heater replacement. This is a bad idea. Plumbing companies do carry some basic parts and accessories. At the very least reputable plumbers will have some basic items such as drain cleaner and a plunger to provide easy cleanup and maintenance. Professional plumbers may also include drain trap hoses and trap sleeves as well as other plumbing supplies.
Another thing to consider is heat pump water heater replacement. In most cases, heat pump water heaters can be quite simple and cheap to install. Still, it pays to go with a professional installer who has experience with these types of water heaters.
Yet another thing to consider is installation costs. When people are shopping for water heater replacement or for a new house, they assume installation costs will be high. However, that is not always the case. In fact, it often turns out that professional plumbers charge less than many of the local plumbers you might consider for heat pump water heater installation. It just depends on the type and make of system that is being replaced or installed.
Of course, many things change over time. What used to be expensive now can be something that can be had at a reasonable price. So, when you are considering plumbers to help you replace your tank water heaters, consider the cost of the plumbing involved as well as any associated parts and accessories. It may turn out that you can get all of the plumbing that you need done for less than you thought. In the long run, it may also be a better value to replace the water heater than to pay a lot of money to install new plumbing later.