When considering the importance of your home or commercial water heater, just think about how often you need hot water. Our households and businesses rely on our water heaters for cooking, cleaning, laundry, showers, and so much more. When your water heater finally wears out, you’ll need to consider the cost of replacing a water heater in Houston, regardless of the type of unit you choose.
Whether in a residential or commercial environment, all water heaters have a finite lifespan. Tank-type water heaters in our homes average a seven-to-ten-year lifespan, where tankless units can last over twenty years. Commercial water heaters, especially those that are not properly maintained, will tend only to last your business between four and seven years.
For an appliance that is so critical to our everyday life, it’s remarkable that for over one-hundred years, water heater technology was basically unchanged. Tank-type water heaters, first conceived of centuries ago, were introduced to the commercial and residential markets in the late 1800s. It wasn’t until the beginning of the 21st century that water heater technology saw its first real innovation, the tankless water heater.
Tankless water heaters offer tremendous benefits compared to their bulky tank-type ancestors, most important of these is ENDLESS hot water. Residential tankless water heaters allow the homeowner to enjoy that long, hot shower, or to finally fill that soaking tub with hot water. Commercial customers will have plenty of hot water for sterilizing dishes, hand washing. and other necessities.
The Cost of Replacing Your Water Heater
The initial cost of replacing a water heater in Houston will depend on several variables, including thr choice of tank-type or tankless, gas or electric, and size of the unit. On average, replacing a standard, builders-grade tank-type water heater will run between $800 – $2,000. Tankless water heater installations start at around $4,000 and, depending on the size of the unit, can cost up to $8,000.
The Cost of NOT Replacing Your Water Heater
Tank-type water heaters, by the nature of their design, are a significant risk to our homes and businesses. After five or six years of use, the glass lining inside the tank begins to wear away, usually thanks to the hard water here in Houston. Little scratches in the tank lining begin to corrode the steel underneath, eventually leading to the failure of your water heater tank.
Keep in mind, your tank-type water heater stores more than forty gallons of water in your attic, garage, or utility closet. If water heater problems, like leaks are ignored, the water in your tank could end up in your living room, bedroom, or kitchen. Flood damage caused by broken pipes and water heaters is the number one claim against homeowner’s insurance policies every year.
After more than forty years in business, Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning Services can install your new tank-type or tankless water heater the same day. Nick’s licensed and experienced plumbing technicians have been installing Houston’s water heaters since 1979. Call today for a cost evaluation or second opinion about your cost of replacing a water heater in Houston.