February 21, 2018
In the Denver area, homeowners can expect to pay anywhere from $1,025 to over $2,000 to install a storage (tank) water heater.
Of course, the actual price will depend on 2 main factors:
Let’s dive a bit deeper into both of these price factors so that you’re prepared for your water heater installation bill.
When choosing a water heater, you’ll first want to determine:
Let’s take a look at how these water heater features affect pricing…
A water heater’s size/capacity is measured by the amount of gallons the tank can hold when full.
To determine how many gallons of hot water your water heater should hold, follow our general guidelines in the chart below:
Typically, a gas water heater costs more to install than an electric water heater.
However, it’s important to remember that gas water heaters will offer lower monthly energy bills compared to an electric water heater. So, homeowners will usually opt for the higher upfront cost of a gas water heater in exchange for its lifetime savings.
To learn more, check out our blog, “Are Gas Water Heaters Worth It in Denver?”.
The higher a water heater’s efficiency rating, the more expensive it will be.
You see, every water heater has an “EF” (Energy Factor) rating that determines how efficient the unit is. These EF ratings can be anywhere from 0.50 to 0.80. We suggest that you find a unit with an EF rating that’s at least 0.60 or higher.
The bulk of the price you’ll pay comes from the labor required to install your water heater.
2 factors that affect your labor costs include:
Let’s take a closer look…
The longer it takes and the more effort that’s involved in the installation, the higher the overall price.
Some issues that could increase the amount of time/effort of a water heater installation include:
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for when it comes to your water heater installation. So, if you choose to go with a contractor who offers surprisingly low prices, be prepared for a shoddy installation job that will cost you more in future repairs.
Higher quality plumbers typically charge more to install a water heater, but they’ll often get the job done correctly and quickly—the first time.
Not sure how to “vet” a potential water heater installer? Start by making sure they:
Want more tips on finding a plumber? Check out our full blog, “How to Find the Best Plumber in Denver, CO”.
We offer fair estimates in writing before we do any work. And, if you choose us, we can usually install your gas or electric water heater that same day!
For your convenience, you can request an appointment in one of two ways: