Water heaters are one of those weird household items that are there, but don’t come into play until they aren’t functioning, and your muscles are sore and you need a nice hot shower and all you get is an ice bath. While your trainer might applaud the therapeutic uses of ice, it gets old, fast.
How do you know when it’s time to get a new water heater? When do you get a new one? How do you evaluate a company or a brand?
Here are a few things to consider:
1. Depends on the Size
Hot water heaters come in various sizes, depending on the size of your home, quality of the tank, and hot water use. A 50-gallon tank generally is enough to heat a 3 bedroom home. To replace this tank (usually the large white refrigerator looking thing in the laundry room or garage), the cost can be up to $500 for the average tank and $300 for installation, assuming all plumbing and venting is installed and does not need to be updated. This includes the cost of removing the old tank. This is an average guess, each situation is different.
2. What are your options?