Water heater replacement is something that the average homeowner will have to deal with once or twice during their lifetime.
While it isn’t a lot of fun, it’s important that you’re ready when the day comes, because in most situations, time is of the essence.
It is important for both the health and safety of you and your family that you act quickly at the first sign of trouble, if not, a relatively small problem can quickly become a very large, expensive problem, above and beyond the cost of replacing your hot water heater.
When you decide that the time has come to replace your current water heater, it is very important that you do one, or both, of the following: get multiple bids and reach out to friends or family for a qualified referral. The reasons why should be fairly obvious, you want to get the best price possible but you also want the job done right the first time.
Even with a qualified referral from a friend or family member, double-check to ensure that the company you choose uses licensed plumbers. This will make sure that the work is done according to the most current local building codes.
Cost will obviously be a factor in your final decision. Keep in mind that a new water heater, with installation, can cost anywhere from $500 to $3500 depending on the age of the old tank, the size, materials and efficiency of the new model, where you live, as well as a few other factors.
Do not be afraid to ask questions so that you’ll thoroughly understand the charges involved. Most reputable companies will haul away of old tank at no cost or be willing to match a competitor’s offer. It’s one of those things that most established, legitimate companies offer and failing to do so can be a red flag.
When considering offers, common sense is often the best guide.