Cost to Install an Electric Water Heater

Updated: January 2017

Electric Water Heater Installation Cost CalculatorZip Code
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Electric Water Heater Cost 
Non-discounted retail pricing for: 40 gallon capacity, 40,000 BTU natural gas water heater. 40 gallons per hr recovery rate at 90F temperature rise. 9 yr limited warranty. Required 240V electrical connection.
1 heater$585.31$658.01
Electric Water Heater Labor, Basic 
Basic labor to install electric water heater with favorable site conditions. Mount and secure heater. Connect exiting electrical supply to heater. Connect water to existing supply lines. Leak and cycle test. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
1 heater$585.31$658.01
Electric Water Heater Job Supplies 
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to install electric water heater including: connectors, fittings and mounting hardware.
1 heater$585.31$658.01
Electric Water Heater Equipment Allowance
Job related costs of specialty equipment used for job quality and efficiency, including: Pipe cutting and threading, tubing cutter, brazing kit and pipe wrenches. Daily rental. Consumables extra.
1 heater$585.31$658.01
Option: Remove Water Heater
Detach from adjacent components. Remove from home and dispose of legally.
1 heater$585.31$658.01
Electric Water Heater Debris Disposal
Costs to load and haul away old materials, installation waste and associated debris.
1 heater14.17516.125
 Unused Minimum Labor
Balance of 2 hr(s) minimum labor charge that can be applied to other tasks.
Totals - Cost To Install Electric Water Heater   
Average Cost per Heater  

Get an INSTANT, detailed estimate of the cost to Install an Electric Water Heater! Our free calculator uses up-to-date, trusted data to estimate typical subcontractor costs for a Electric Water Heater Installation project. For a basic 1 heater project in zip code 47474, the benchmark cost to Install an Electric Water Heater ranges between $1,045 - $1,233 per heater.

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Cost to Install an Electric Water Heater - Notes and General Information

These estimates are for BASIC work performed in serviceable conditions by qualified trade professionals using MID GRADE materials. Work not mentioned on this page and/or work using master craftsman, premium materials and project supervision will result in HIGHER COSTS! Explore the full range of electric hot water heater new installation labor options and material prices here.

These estimates are NOT substitutes for written quotes from trade professionals. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for accurate assessments of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for Electric Water Heater Installation, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Costs for job cleanup and debris removal at project completion.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Electric Water Heater Installation jobs.

The cost estimate does NOT include:

  • Costs for removing, relocating, repairing, or modifying existing framing, surfacing, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • Costs for testing and remediation of hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, etc).
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the Electric Water Heater Installation. Add 15% to 23% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

Cost to Install an Electric Water Heater - References

Electric Water Heater Installation - Average Cost Per Heater

Expect to pay in the higher end of the price range for a licensed, insured and reputable pro - and for complex or rush projects.

To lower Electric Water Heater Installation costs: combine related projects, minimize options/extras and be flexible about project scheduling.

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