First I want to mention that I have always called the household water heater a
“hot water heater”. I have just recently realized how redundant the word “hot” is. I don’t think you can call it a water heater if it doesn’t make hot water.
Now that I’ve corrected that I’ll get on with the process of selecting a new one. The water in The Cottage has been turned off for over a year because the
hot water heater began to leak. It has been drained.
Finally we’re ready to commit to a new water heater. First, of course, I checked Consumer Reports which did not give a “best” brand but did lay out some guidelines one of which is to get the longest warranty available — 10 to 12 years. “Coverage for most heaters typically runs 3 to 12 years. While you’ll usually pay a bit more for longer-warranty models, we’ve found that they tend to have larger elements or burners that can speed up water heating, essentially increasing the hot water available, along with thicker insulation for less heat loss. We suggest choosing models with the longest warranty available.”
My plumber said the standard warranty is 6 years and if you increase that the price increases because you are actually paying for an extended insurance policy rather than an improved product. One plumber (see below) added $200 to the cost for a 10-year vs. 6-year warranty.
The water heater we’re replacing is a 30-gallon propane tank. We want something similar.
The pricing for a water heater in our area is the cost of the water heater itself, a permit to install, and the installation. The county permit costs about $50 and is included in the overall price.
Our first estimate from the plumber who is installing the shower fixtures is $1076 for a Bradford White water heater installed.
Additional estimates: Brand Price
My Plumber 6-yr Bradford White $1076
Plumbing Service 6-yr Bradford White $961
Local Plumber A 6-yr State or Rheem $967
Local Plumber A 10-yr Bradford White $1167
Local Plumber B A O Smith $
The more information we have the more difficult the ultimate decision seems. Why do things have to break?
What is the last appliance you replaced?