water heater installation

The process of hot water heater installation is not an easy task at all for most homeowners. This is a task best done by professional plumbers, pre- and post-installation maintenance. 

So, how long does it take to install a water heater, and what happens throughout this process?

Continue reading below to learn more!

Water Heater Installation: The Entire Process

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How long does it take to install a water heater?

While it only takes about 2 to 3 hours for a licensed plumber to install your new water heater, there are still other factors to consider regarding the time that you need to spend for your new water heater installation:

Professional Consultation

This can be done via call or a physical appointment with your preferred plumber. You may spend at least 1 to 2 hours of consultation especially if you still need professional advice on the type of water heater to choose.

If you need to replace an existing water heater, the plumber will have to check on the following information:

Appointment Schedule

This schedule depends on how urgent the situation is, especially if you really need to replace an old water heater with a new unit. You need to set an appointment as soon as possible for a water heater replacement.

Prepare for the Water Heater Installation Appointment

You can prepare your bathroom or the area where the plumbers will work to install your new water heater at least a day before the appointment. First, you can take photos of the area and send them to your plumber so they can have a glimpse of the location and size of your current water heater unit. 

Additionally, you can also do the following procedures:

During the Water Heater Installation

If it would be your very first water heater installation without any replacement, it would take 1 to 2 hours depending on the type of water heater to be installed. 

On the other hand, if your plumber needs to replace an existing water heater, here’s a quick timeline of how long would it take to install a new unit:

FAQs About Water Heater Installation:

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Here are some of the frequently asked questions about water heater installation:

How long does it take to remove and reinstall a water heater?

The time it takes to remove and reinstall a water heater can vary depending on several factors such as the type of water heater, the location of the water heater, and the experience of the person installing it. On average, it can take anywhere from 2-4 hours for a professional plumber to remove and reinstall a water heater. It may take longer for DIY projects though.

How much does it cost to install a 50-gallon water heater?

The cost to install a 50-gallon water heater can vary depending on several factors such as location, type of water heater, and labor costs. On average, installing a 50-gallon unit can range anywhere from $400 to $2,500, depending on the fuel type, brand, and efficiency rating. 

A standard electric water heater can cost around $300 to $600, while a standard gas water heater can cost around $400 to $800. However, more efficient models and those from well-known brands can cost more.

It’s important to also note that these costs are for the installation of a new water heater, if you have to remove the old one and dispose of it, that could add extra fees. And if your current setup doesn’t meet current safety standards or local codes, the cost may be higher. It is always best to get several quotes from different professionals to get an accurate estimate for your specific project.

[Related: How Does A Tankless Water Heater Work? (Pros And Cons)]

Why is water heater installation so expensive?

Water heater installation can be expensive for several reasons:

[Related: Ultimate Buying Guide: Water Heaters]

Get a Professional Quotation from a Certified Plumber!

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For an extensive water heater installation, it is always best to get help from a professional plumbing company. At Stellar Plumbing, we are proud to say that we have over 20 years of experience in plumbing services, and you can rely on our expertise to install your new heater and other plumbing fixtures


Contact us today to get a quote and appointment!