Hello and welcome back to the grad compound I get a lot of questions about how much do tankless water heaters cost is it right for me and you know what that’s a big question I’m going to try to address that try to give you some ballpark information to help you decide whether or not tankless water heaters really are right for you in your particular situation they are not right for everybody of course no one size fits all but these things really can be great for a lot of consumers so we’re going to jump right into it and we’ll take them kind of one thing at a time the first thing you need to determine to figure out whether or not a tapeless water heater is right for you is what your reasons are for even looking at tankless water heaters obviously you want a water but a Takas water heater will deliver two three four five times as much hot water as a tank they are a luxury high-end appliance.
So they do cost more money so let’s just deal with that right away you can expect to pay about double sometimes a little more than double the cost of replacing your tank water heater if you are replacing a tank water heater with a good quality tankless water heater now I’m talking about the ones at Home Center so are the ones that the tankless comm people sell in fact I’m going to get into that in a minute I will tell you don’t go that route if you can help it it’s not going to be a good solution for you money you’ll save upfront your ended up paying a lot more with somebody Boches install because no one good is going to want to put it in if you supply it but anyway most in my area in the state of Virginia most of Virginia including Oh Virginia DC and even Maryland the going rate for a good tankless water heater job retrofit is between three and four thousand dollars depending on which model you need for your home there’s a lot of different sizes and that’s mainly gas tankless water heaters okay.
I’m going to say this is Brandon Eric there are four five brand name gas tankless water heaters out there that are all about the same price range and that’s about why they should fall installed by a reputable company and remember you can always get something cheaper but sometimes saving some money from one contractor to an accidental cause you heartache you may hire somebody doesn’t know what they were doing and that’s why they were pricing it so cheap to begin with so that’s about to go on rate in this part of the East Coast I’m guessing that in some parts of the country maybe a little less and some parts maybe a little more one thing that I have found is a lot of the larger companies larger plumbing and heating outfits actually charge quite a bit more money sometimes as much as $1,000 more money.
I’ve seen the job same house quoted at $3,800 from one contractor and $5,500 by another contractor same job same equipment same everything just one of them having to have a couple hundred trucks the other guy had three the guy with three trucks does just as good a job there’s no quality difference really both the great contractors just one of them has a huge overhead they have to feed so they charge a lot more money for their services and that’s just kind of the way it is but you definitely do want your tankless water heater installed by a reputable contractor that’s familiar with these machines if you’re not willing to pay for a trained licensed contractor to install your tankless water heater I will tell you right now the tankless water heater is not for you gas or electric they should be installed by trained licensed professional or you will end up sorry.
It’s not going to work or it’s not going to last very long all right so let’s deal with the next natural question why does a tankless water heater cost so much more than a tank well you know what if you look at a 75 gallon power vented tank water heater which is a good high-capacity tank the cost of the machine is actually very solar in fact in some cases the tankless water heater cost less than the tank the difference is these machines use a special vent pipe that cannot reuse what you have in the house or they have to run a new vent pipe which typically means cutting a hole in the wall and abandoning what you have going through the roof.
If that’s the way it is or some other work the longer the vent pipe the more expensive the installation is going to be and also the gas piping that goes to your existing tank assuming we’re talking gas is too small the tanks burner is typically about 75,000 BTUs these have to run when they go to high fire at up to 190 9,000 BTU so there’s almost always a new gas line to run and those two components actually add quite a bit to the price of the installed project these are not things you want to skimp on if these things are not done right if your gas pipe this black pipe here if this pipes not the correct size and you don’t have the correct pressure for your system it’s not going to work or it won’t work well and more than.
Once I’ve seen problems where people have says we’re fine for a year and a half and now it’s broke and the reason is it wasn’t working fine it was working but it wasn’t working fine see didn’t have enough gas and now there’s a big problem in a big repair bill coming with the vent pipe again almost all of these machines use a special vent pipe and they’re different from brand to brand that matters if you screw up the gas pipe the heater doesn’t work if you screw up the vent pipe people can die it is the most dangerous part of any gas appliance is actually the vent not the gas carbon monoxide poison is a very real danger and that’s why I will always say please have these products insured by a licensed insured trained professional or get something else so your next question or tries to determine.
If the tankless water heater is right for you and what it’s going to cost is well which model do I need and again I’m keeping this video brand generic for everyone and there are different brands you need local representatives or the local dealers to help you figure out what size you need there is no one-size-fits-all there is some kind of norms in between most comes two and a half to three and a half bath homes really only need about 5 to 6 gallons a minute of hot water it’s really about almost times use unless you have something luxury you know body sprays rain heads things of that nature.
So that’s kind of an average size tankless water heater and that’s going to put you in that 3 to 4 thousand dollar range in a lot of cases but maybe you have a smaller house maybe it’s just a bath and a half or two and a half bath home where you can use a smaller heater that’s going to put you on the lower end of that range maybe even below 3 especially in certain outlying areas where there may be other you can like forces at work and the jobs don’t cost that much or maybe if you’re in the middle of DC up in Washington it may cost more because everything costs more up in DC so you need to need to get a little help in determining what size water heater is right for your needs.
If you’re in the southern part of the United States you can get a lot more water hot water out of a smaller tankless because your ground water is coming in a lot warmer if you’re in the northern tier States of the United States ground water temps should be very cold but remember it’s always going to be above 32 because you can’t float ice so you’re probably looking at 35 to 40 degree water in the colder climate areas and that may impact the size of the tankless water heater that you need for your home and also of course the pricing so that’s kind of ballpark what you can be looking for in a retrofit you know going into an existing home and pulling out a tank putting in a tankless water heater and I hope that helps now we’re going to talk about new construction.
So you’re about to get a house built and you don’t know if a tankless water heater is right for you in your new home this is where it gets totally different remember in the earlier part of the video I told you that a tank 75 gallon high output water heater is going to cost about the same as your average tankless water heater and new construction we don’t have to run a new vent because we’re starting from scratch we don’t have to run new gas line because we’re starting from scratch so the vent is going to cost a little more money it is still special and it is more expensive than a lot of the tank water heater vent pipe the gas pipe is only going to be a little bit more expensive.