If you need to change your hot water heater, you might need to consider a few things before choosing the water heater that will serve your home or business for the next six to twelve years,  depending on the hot water heater warranty that you receive from the manufacturer and the warranty that you receive on the labor from the plumber.

The first thing you need to know is that in most towns water heater replacement usually requires filing a permit.   This is a common and strait forward process for the plumber to file a permit in the town and in terms of time frame, to install or replace a new water heater should usually take no more than three hours.

The first thing you need to identify is if your water heater is electric or works on gas.  In most cases, in residential homes it’s usually a gas water heater.  You can identify it by looking at the side of the water heater to see if there is a half inch pipe attached to the bottom which supplies the gas or in the case of an electric water heater you will see a wire attached to the top or side of the water heater tank.

The second thing you need to verify is the size of the water heater.  In most homes the standard size is 50 gallon.  Try to find the manufacturers label on the side of the hot water heater to get the information about the size of the water heater.  If you have a limited amount of room or you want to relocate the hot water heater you need to determine the height and width of the unit to ensure it will fit in the new space.  You can find the same 50 gallon hot water heater unit in different sizes.

After you identify the type and size of your hot water heater, get in touch with us to get a free estimate for replacement of the hot water heater, we can usually give you a ball park price over the phone but the price mainly depends on the following things:

  • The brand of hot water heater that you want to use.  Most hot water heater brands are well qualified to serve you for a long time.  The main two differences between manufacturers are the warranty of the hot water heater tank and the efficiency of the unit, which translates into how much money you save by running the new hot water unit for one year.
  • Installation of the water heater may be another factor that affects the price if there is difficulty accessing the old heater for removal or installation of the new heater.
  • Prices are usually between $800 and $1400 a unit including installation.  A permit fee to replace a hot water heater is usually between $50 to $150.  And usually we can do all the work in one day if you are in Bergen County, Passaic County or Essex County areas.

In some cases you don’t need to replace your hot water heater, we would be happy to help you save money on that.  Feel free to contact us at any time for any help or advice.