In a previous post we discussed the impending changes to energy efficiency standards for water heaters. These changes are due to take effect this year, and while they will save some money over time in energy bills, they will also result in a sharp increase in the price of water heaters.
Water heaters manufactured to the new standards will require more material in insulation and in some cases, heat pumps as part of the unit. In addition to higher unit prices, they will require more effort to install. The larger units will require bigger delivery trucks, and more manpower to move and install. This will probably result in increased costs on installation, as well.
If your water heater is near the end of its life, you should replace it while the less expensive models are still available. The average useful life expectancy for a water heater is eight to 12 years. If it’s been 10 years since you replaced your water heater, it will almost certainly need to be replaced in the next year or two anyway. Doing so now means you can still purchase a 2014 model water heater, which will be less expensive, smaller to fit your space and easier to install.
At Dauenhauer Plumbing, we have a great reputation for replacing water heaters fast. Right now, we’re even offering a special. You can get a water heater installed for only $599. If you’d like to learn more, give us a call. We can offer a free, quick quote, or take a look at your space to see if fitting a bigger unit will be possible later.