How much does it cost to install a water heater?

The cost to install a new water heater will depend on several factors that include the type of water heater, size, brand, installation requirements, and installation methods used.

Most water heaters will be Atmospheric Vent units that run off natural gas. These are among the least expensive types of water heaters and range anywhere from $350-$500 for the tank itself. Typical parts and installation can be anywhere from $300-$800. Other types of water heaters such as tankless and power vent can cost 2-3 times as much to have installed.

The size of the water heater might not make a big difference. We only have a $6 difference in price between a 40 gallon and 50 gallon hot water tank.

The brand of the water heater could also have a significant impact of the price you pay. The least expensive tanks are usually Rheem, Whirlpool, and State Select. Bradford White and AO Smith are higher quality tanks that are usually a little more expensive to purchase.

The installation requirements may be the biggest factor in determining cost. One of the most common installation variables has to do with the way the gas and water lines are connected. It’s a good idea to hard pipe your supply lines to prevent problems down the road as well as avoid using sharkbite connectors. Other variables with installation can include the need to remove saddle valves, updating the gas line, and flue liners.

What happens if Sears goes out of business?

There has been a lot of photos circulating recently, on various media outlets showing the empty shelves at Sears, who once supplied the appliances for 50% of the homes in the US. Water heaters have always been a big part of Sears, in fact they have their own brand of heaters called Kenmore.

In order to get parts for a Kenmore water heater you must go through Sears. You can’t really work on a Kenmore unit if you don’t have the replacement gaskets or proper part. The thermocouple for a Kenmore is not universal as is with many other types of water heaters. If these guys ever go out of business you may not be able to get the parts for repair.

One of the most common problems with Kenmore water heaters is actually a very simple fix. On some of the newer models there is an intake cover that can be taken off and cleaned. By removing the old cobwebs and dust you can usually get the pilot to light again.



Who makes the best water heater?

Bradford White is the best all around water heater. They are about the only water heater manufacturer that assembles all units in the US. The gas valve by far the most reliable for any water heater on the market. The glass lines tanks will last for many years but you need to protect against thermal expansion or you could have problems.

Best Tank against leaks

AO Smith has one of the thickest and longest lasting tanks on the market. The only drawback with AO Smith has been the reliability of the gas valves. They aren’t all bad gas valves but when they do fail it usually makes the most sense to just replace the tank.