Every home, apartment, and office needs at least one water heater, but most people aren’t experts on water heater installation in San Francisco. Our team of plumbing pros has created this FAQ guide to water heater installation in San Francisco to help you better understand everything you need to know about the process, so you make sure you get it done the right way.

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How Much Does Water Heater Installation Cost?
The bottom line is, it varies based on what you already have, what you need, and what’s required to make sure the installation is up to code. Installations typically cost anywhere between $700 and $2,500 — but don’t worry, a professional plumber like Performance Plumbing can give you an accurate estimate so you can know exactly how much your specific situation would cost. Simply give us a call or send us an email and we can send a plumber to inspect your location, understand your needs, and analyze the model of water heater needed for installation.

Should I Do the Water Heater Installation Myself or Hire a Professional Plumber?
Some crafty folks can do basic plumbing fixes, but with a larger project like water heater installation, we’ve found that very few are really knowledgeable or motivated enough to see the project through to completion. Safety is a big concern — many people don’t want to risk an improperly installed water heater, especially when 240 volts of electricity or potential gas leaks are involved. Hiring a fully licensed and experienced plumber like Performance Plumbing to handle the water heater installation means it’ll get done safely and up to current code, covering everything from adequate clearance to carbon monoxide safety.

Should I Get an Energy Efficient On-Demand Water Heater?
Energy efficient or on-demand water heaters are a cool new technology that can help make your property more environmentally friendly and potentially save some money from energy efficiency over time, however there is more up-front cost. It really depends what you want, and a licensed plumber like Performance Plumbing can handle installation of all water heater types, but tankless water heaters generally cost at least a few thousand dollars to install because they take much longer to install. In addition, they should only be done by licensed professionals like Performance Plumbing because of the need for a dedicated gas line, special venting requirements, some possible electrical work and many other factors.

What Kind of Water Heater Should I Get?
There are many options on the market, so we suggested having a professional plumber like us analyze your situation first and then make a recommendation. We try to provide suggestions that fit both your need and your budget, so you don’t need to worry about spending a lot of time browsing possibilities. However, if you do have a specific water heater in mind, we can also help confirm it’s appropriate and make the installation based on your preference.

How Should I Choose a Plumber for the Water Heater Installation?
Make sure you select a fully licensed plumber like Performance Plumbing. Freelancers who aren’t licensed may not have as much knowledge or experience, and the last thing you want is a water heater to be installed improperly and not up to current code. Also, make sure the plumber has strong reviews online with websites like Yelp — at Performance Plumbing, we’re proud of our stellar customer satisfaction record online, which is a reflection of our hard work and dedication to making sure customer needs are met. Don’t settle for anything less.

Ready to Get Started or Have More Questions?
Our friendly team of plumbing experts is always happy to help you out or simply explain things in more detail to you — give us a call or send us an email today and we’ll get you the help you need as soon as possible.