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.