How Much Does a New Water Heater Cost?

If you find yourself showering in cold water whenever your washing machine or dishwasher is on, it could be time for a new water heater. Depending on the amount of hot water your household uses, you may need a heater with a larger tank or a larger flow rate. There are a number of different options to choose from. Standard models have a storage tank and can be either gas- or electric-heated. These are large units and are usually stored in an out-of-the-way spot like a basement. A standard, electric water heater with a 40 - 50 gallon tank can run anywhere from $150-$1,500, and a gas water heater can run $300 - $600, depending on its energy efficiency. In addition to the cost of the heater, there are also installation fees that run between $200 and $400. An alternative to the standard model is the tankless option, in which the water is heated as it runs through the unit. The tankless water heaters have no storage tanks, and can be heated by either gas or electricity. Though tankless water heaters tend to be slightly more expensive, they can cut up to 50% of your energy costs, saving you money in the long run. Additionally, tankless water heaters enable you to have hot water for as long as you want, without a tank that needs to be refilled. As long as your unit's flow rate is adequate for your home's needs, you will have endless hot water. Another advantage of a tankless water heater is its small size which allows it to be installed in a wider variety of locations. As a result, it can be installed closer to the point of usage, thus providing hot water faster. An electric-heated unit that provides 4-5 gallons of hot water per minute typically costs $200 - $900. A gas-heated unit of the same magnitude typically costs between $200 and $500. Installation fees usually run between $300 and $900, depending on whether or not an electrician needs to be called in for rewiring, and whether venting is necessary. Another option is solar-powered water heaters. These can cost between $2,000 and $6,000, including installation. Though expensive, solar-powered heaters have many advantages: They are cost-effective over time, last longer than traditional water heaters, do not pollute the environment, and provide hot water even when the electricity fails. Whether you live in a sunny city like Phoenix or a cooler city like Buffalo, there are solar-powered water heaters that can satisfy your home's needs. Additionally, if you install a solar-powered water heater you are eligible for a 30% Federal tax credit. Be sure to consult with a professional plumber to help you determine the most cost-efficient water heater for your home's needs. A too-small water heater will leave you with a cold shower, while a too-large heater will needlessly raise your electricity bills.

1. Could my water heater be going out?

How long has it been since you flushed the tank ? The only way you could have less hot water in the morning is if the water heater is full of sand or sludge in the bottom . The stuff in the bottom of the tank is warmer than the water so the thermostat doesnt sense that it needs to heat up the tank until you use some water and it cools the bottom of the tank where the gas valve and aqua stat is . Flush the tank and it might help if the stuff in the bottom hasnt turned to a solid . If it is a buildup in the tank it should make popping noises when heating . If not then it might just be the aquastat is starting to go out and needs the bigger temp chage to acuate when you use water . Then just change the gas valve . Good Luck

2. Water heater sacrificial anode metal selection

Aluminum anodes have a few issues:All of this adds up to a magnesium anode being a superior product any time you are not encountering rotten-egg odors due to sulfur-reducing bacteria in the tank. (If you are getting rotten-egg stench from a regularly used tank, then you will need to switch to an aluminum-zinc anode, or a powered anode if that does not fix it.)

3. What gives natural gas its smell?

An odorant is added to residential gas, before distribution, as a safety factor. However, in some appliance, a small amount of unburned gas may momentary escape into the air in the brief interim between the time the burner valve in your range, oven or hot water heater opens and full ignition occurs. Some individuals are more sensitive to these low levels of this Mercaptan odor (the chemical that causes the odor) than others.If this odor is not strong and only there for only an instant and then gone, you may not have a problem. If it persist during operation of your device, or is present even when it is turned off, then call your gas company IMMEDIATELY.However, when it comes to your safety, my best advice is to NOT take chances. Flammable gases in the home, even when properly controlled still carry potential, even if small, risks. Natural gas is a triple threat in that the gas itself is poisonous, its combustion products are poisonous, and it is highly flammable with potential to cause explosions under the right conditions.Whenever you have doubts, call you gas company to come out and check. They want you to. They will be happy to come to your home and professionally inspect for gas leaks. Even if they do not find a problem, they would rather you to do this than to have the potentiality exists of a situation that could cause of death or injury to you or your family.What gives natural gas its smell?Why does my natural gas oven smell when turned on?

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