Cost to Replace a Hot Water Heater

Updated: August 2017

Hot Water Heater Replacement CalculatorZip Code
Heaters
Item detailsQtyLow  High
Water Heater Cost 
Non-discounted retail pricing for: 50 gallon capacity, 11,000 watt electric heater. 0.95 energy factor. 70 gallons per hr recovery rate at 90F temperature rise. 12 yr limited warranty.
1 heater$576.18$647.75
Water Heater Labor, Basic 
Basic labor to replace hot water heater with favorable site conditions. Disconnect and remove existing heater. Mount and secure new heater. Connect vent to existing vent ducting. Connect water to existing supply lines. Leak and cycle test. Wall surface demolition and restoration if needed is extra. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
1 heater$576.18$647.75
Water Heater Job Supplies 
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to replace hot water heater including: connectors, fittings and mounting hardware.
1 heater$576.18$647.75
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 Replace Hot Water Heater   
Average Cost per Heater  

For a basic project in zip code 47474 with 1 heater, the cost to Replace a Hot Water Heater starts at $1,170 - $1,365 per heater. Because job specific configurations and options will result in significantly different costs, homewyse uses industry-standard algorithms and professionally screened cost data to create estimates customized to the specific options of YOUR hot water heater replacement project. Unlike websites with vendor aggregated costs - which lack details for comparison and verification - homewyse delivers greater accuracy and relevancy, for estimates of cost, material and time to replace a hot water heater.

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Cost to Replace a Hot 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 gas 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 Hot Water Heater Replacement, 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 Hot Water Heater Replacement 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 Hot Water Heater Replacement. 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 Replace a Hot Water Heater - Unit Price References

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


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