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What Should it Cost to Replace a Hot Water Heater?

Without a water heater, all that will come out of your spigots and faucets will be cold water. Water heaters can last upwards of ten to fifteen years if maintained properly, but even if you provide the most thorough maintenance, eventually you’re going to have to replace it. At Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating, we’ve been helping Maryland homeowners with their water heaters for years, and wanted to talk about how much an average water heater replacement should cost.

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What Kind of Heater Do You Have?

Before we can give you an estimate on what it’s going to cost to buy a new one, we need to know what kind of water heater you had installed before. If you have a large home, then you likely need a bigger water heater, which will cost more money. You don’t have to install the same exact heater, but will likely need to install one of comparable size.

Tank or Tankless?

Most water heaters fall into one of two categories, tank or tankless. Most homes in the United States have a tank water heater, and most tank water heaters hold somewhere between 30 and 80 gallons of water. Tankless water heaters, on average, are more difficult to install and cost a little more, but they provide a limitless supply of hot water.

Will a New Ventilation System Need to Be Built?

Heaters are vented in one of two ways: direct vent or power vent. Direct vents expel gases out of an exhaust pipe or chimney, while power vents use fans to push gases away from your home. Having a new ventilation system installed, or converting an existing one, will add a good bit to your water heater replacement bill.

Work with a Trusted Maryland Water Heater Installation Company

The best way to save some money on your water heater replacement is to work with an experienced and trusted Maryland plumber. Here at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating, we’ve been helping Maryland homeowners with their water heaters for years, and we can help you too. Get into contact with us today to learn about how we can help you.

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