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Mistakes
Everyone
Makes When
Buying A
Water Heater
By BECCA LEWIS
Not Thinking Long-Term
When thinking about saving money on your water heater, it’s important to assess which type of heater would be best for your home while considering long-term costs. The initial price of installing a gas-powered tankless system can be more expensive, but its low annual expense can actually save you money.
Not Looking At Options
The types of water heaters available in the U.S. are: conventional, tankless, heat pump, solar, and condensing water heaters, and each one has its own benefits. Before purchasing, consider your spatial constraints, zoning ordinances, and energy constraints when selecting the best option for you.
Conversion Costs
Changing what type of water heater you have in your home can come with additional fees, so it’s important to calculate conversion costs before installation. Make sure to include the cost of potential venting, plumbing, and gas line modifications and any extra labor or materials needed.
Environment Factors
Climate impacts your water heater’s temperature and efficiency, and the minerals in your water supply can affect your tank’s life expectancy. Insulation, backup power sources, and mineral damage-preventing maintenance can all raise the cost of your water heater.
Forgetting Labor Costs
To install your new water heater, plumbers can charge between $45 and $150 an hour, depending on how long it takes to install the system. Some may also require an electrician for installation, so be sure to research the various types and ask your plumber for an estimate before you buy.