One of the most frequently asked questions we get at Steele Plumbing has to do with the cost of installing a water heater, and unfortunately, it is impossible to answer it without knowing more information. In order to properly respond to this question, our team of licensed plumbers needs to assess each situation to see exactly what is involved with that water heater installation. Certain aspects, such as the shape of the water heater and its location, determine which city code protocols to follow as well as the types of materials our professionals will need to install the appliance. Once we have inspected the situation, we will provide you with our flat rate for the level of water heating installation service that is required. One important thing we will discuss with you is the type of water heater we would install. We’d like to tell you more about the different types of water heaters and professional installation services we provide in the San Diego area.
Electric Water Heaters
If you are looking for dependability on a budget, an electric water heater can be a great choice, as this type generally lasts for years. You won’t have to wait for a long time for your water to heat up, which helps reduce any water and electricity waste. Since this type of water heater only heats water on demand, this can also help to avoid wasting water. The drawbacks of a traditional electric water heater include a longer recovery time for the tank to fill back up with hot water, which can be inconvenient for large families. You should also consider that if you lose power due to a storm, you will be without hot water until the electricity comes back on.
Gas Water Heaters
If you are looking to increase the energy efficiency in your home, you may want to choose a gas water heater. This type of water heater is also a smart choice for larger families, as gas water heaters heat up water twice as fast as electric models. While the cost to use a gas water heater is typically lower than the cost of using an electric model, the installation costs are usually higher because the process is more complex as a ventilation system for the appliance must be installed as well.
Tankless Water Heaters
If you have ever had to deal with a leaky water heater, you may be interested in getting a tankless water heater, as there is no risk of a burst or a leak. Available in both gas and electric, this type of water heater is much smaller than the traditional tank style of water heater, and since it hangs on the wall, it frees up valuable floor space. It can also help reduce your energy usage and your utility bills. According to The Family Handyman, the energy costs of a tankless water heater are between 30 to 50 percent lower than the costs of a conventional gas model. One thing about tankless water heaters to consider is that they must be flushed annually to keep them functioning efficiently and safely.
If you need a new water heater, Steele Plumbing can help you choose the best type for your home and will give you a flat rate for our professional installation services before our experienced, licensed plumbers begin the work. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our expert staff. We also provide 24-hour emergency services if you need water heater repairs at any time of day or night.