Cost to Insulate a Water Heater

Updated: January 2017

Water Heater Insulation Cost CalculatorZip Code
Item detailsQtyLow  High
Water Heater Blanket Cost 
Non-discounted retail pricing for: Fiberglass water heater blanket with foil surface.
6 blankets$150.75$185.31
Water Heater Blanket Labor, Basic 
Basic labor to insulate water heater with favorable site conditions. Secure water heater blanket to water heater. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
6 blankets$150.75$185.31
Water Heater Blanket Job Supplies 
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to insulate water heater including: fasteners, vent flow baffles and sealing tape.
6 blankets$150.75$185.31
 Unused Minimum Labor
Balance of 2 hr(s) minimum labor charge that can be applied to other tasks.
Totals - Cost To Insulate Water Heater   
Average Cost per Blanket  

Get an INSTANT, detailed estimate of the cost to Insulate a Water Heater! Our free calculator uses up-to-date, trusted data to estimate typical subcontractor costs for a Water Heater Insulation project. For a basic 6 blankets project in zip code 47474, the benchmark cost to Insulate a Water Heater ranges between $72.26 - $133 per blanket.

To estimate costs for your project:

1. Set Project Zip Code Enter the Zip Code for the location where labor is hired and materials purchased.

2. Specify Project Size Enter the number of "items" required for the project.

3. Re-calculate Click the "Update" button.


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Cost to Insulate a 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 water heater blanket 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 Water Heater Insulation, 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 Water Heater Insulation 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 Water Heater Insulation. 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 Insulate a Water Heater - References

Water Heater Insulation - Average Cost Per Blanket

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 Water Heater Insulation costs: combine related projects, minimize options/extras and be flexible about project scheduling.

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