Electric Water Heater Installation - DIY?


Whenever a new appliance is purchased, you face the question of installing it yourself or having someone else do it.

That decision rests on a couple of factors as you consider how to put your electric water heater in place.

Are you comfortable doing electrical and plumbing work?

If you are the type of person that enjoys doing plumbing work and has no fear of getting involved with wires and electricity, then many advisers would suggest that installing a water heater is not too difficult. Another skill that you should have, it should be said, is soldering. If you don’t know what soldering is, or do not have the necessary equipment to do it, then you will not be able to install your hot water heater.

Here’s another clue as to your ability to install your water heater: when Popular Mechanics magazine says that the simplicity of a typical electric hot water heater “doesn’t really extend to its installation”, are you challenged or do you declare surrender?

If that puts you off, then you need to go to question 2.

If not, then you might want to check out this step-by-step guide.

Are you able to find a reasonable installation charge?

Even if you are capable of installing your electric water heater, you might want to have a technician do it to save you the time and trouble. Depending on your electric hot water heater, that could run from $150-$600.

Quotes from private individuals not connected to dealers have been known to top $1,500, because they know that many people would not dare to install their own hot water heater.

Fortunately, to ensure fair and competing installation prices, we can help you use a service that allows you to quickly get (up to 4) free quotes from qualified contractors in your area. Just fill out the short form HERE, and wait for your quotes to come in.

The range of prices for installation usually depend on the size of your heater and the amount of work involved. If you are simply placing a new heater where an old one was, the costs should be diminished. If this is a first-time set-up, the cost can be higher.
For accurate quotes, make sure to add such information in your installation request.

In summary, if you are not given pause by instructions such as “sweat solder the shutoff valve” and “using a propane torch and lead-free solder,” then you should be able to install your hot water heater without too much difficulty. If you do not have such a torch, etc., then you should probably opt to have your water heater installed. Plan on adding $200-$500 onto the price of the heater for the installation, as well as the hauling of your old heater.

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