Water heater replacement cost is one of the most often questions we receive at Southern Plumbing. Many homeowners want to know how much they can expect to pay and why the cost is a bit more than at Home Depot or Lowe’s to replace a unit themselves. Here are three contributing factors to the price you will see on one of our estimates and why you are paying for this service.
Factor #1: Cost of Materials
The actual cost of materials plays a big factor when replacing a water heater. The size of the tank being replaced and fittings, pipes, vents, and other parts should also be considered. This sometimes confuses customers who wrongly believe that materials only includes the cost of the unit, so it is important to keep other parts in mind that may be needed for a safe, correct installation.
Factor #2: Cost of Labor
Perhaps the most important factor of water heater replacement cost is labor. This factor can range widely depending on your home, the age of your home, and the amount of work it takes to make sure your new unit is installed safely. Today’s water heaters are safer and more energy efficient than ever before, but sometimes older homes are not quite equipped for this type of unit. Thus, installation takes a little more time and effort than with a newer home, which is likely already wired and vented correctly. Keep in mind that you are also paying for years of training by our top-notch team and the peace of mind in knowing your hot water unit is installed correctly the first time.
Factor #3: Sales Tax and Other Fees
Of course, doing business in Texas costs money. At Southern Plumbing, the cost to replace a water heater will include sales tax. (This handy chart can help you estimate the sales tax amount for your local area.) Other fees to be considered are the cost of hauling off your old unit and any surcharges we are subject to in order to do so here in Houston.
In short, it is not unusual to pay several hundred or even a thousand dollars for a water heater replacement. Cost is not the only factor to consider, however. It is important to work with a company you trust. For more information about replacing your water heater in Houston, please contact us at Southern Heating today.