How Much Does a Water Heater Repair Cost in New York?

January 15, 2018

price of water heater repair

A water heater repair in New York costs anywhere from $350 to $1,700+. The average water heater repair costs around $650.

Yeah, that’s a pretty wide range. To help you narrow down the cost of your particular water heater repair, let’s look at some cost factors.

Factors that will affect the price of your water heater repair include:

  • The age of the water heater

  • The type of water heater

  • Whether the unit is under warranty

  • The contractor you choose

We’ll explain how each of these factors affects the repair cost.

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Factors that will affect the cost of your water heater repair

1. The age of your water heater

Typically, the older your water heater is, the more the repair will cost.

That’s because the more wear and tear a water heater has, the more likely that several components will need to be repaired and/or replaced (vs just one faulty component).

Depending on the model (gas vs electric/tank vs tankless), water heaters can last anywhere from 8 to 20+ years. So, if your water heater is nearing its 8th birthday (or is older), you can expect slightly more expensive water heater repairs.

2. The type of water heater you have (tank vs tankless)

Usually, tankless water heater repairs cost more than tank water heater repairs.

Why? Well, tank water heaters, by design, are more simple water heating devices (water comes into the tank and is kept hot until it’s needed by either gas burners or electric heating elements). And their simplicity usually results in easy, low-cost repairs.

Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, are more complex devices (water travels into the unit and gets heated directly and is immediately delivered to a hot water tap—not stored). Because there are more components involved, tankless water heater repairs generally take more labor/materials to complete.

3. Whether the unit is under warranty

If your water heater is still under warranty, the repair cost will be considerably cheaper.

Usually, water heaters are covered by 2 different types of warranties:

  • Labor. This type of warranty is usually offered by the contractor who installed the water heater and lasts for 1 to 2 years (sometimes longer). This warranty covers the cost of labor for any needed repairs but won’t cover the cost of any replacement parts needed.

  • Parts. This type of warranty is offered by manufacturers (i.e. Reem, Bradford White, etc.) and covers the cost for any replacement parts needed but doesn’t cover labor costs. A parts warranty usually lasts anywhere from 5 to 10 years.

Not sure if your water heater is still under warranty? We suggest first looking up your manufacturer’s website online. Then search the website for your water heater model. The warranty details should be included on the product page.

If you’re still not sure after a quick online search, try contacting the professional who installed the water heater. They should be able to determine whether your water heater is still under warranty or not.

4. The contractor you choose

The more experienced the contractor, they more they typically charge.

That said, beware contractors who offer very low prices. Often, choosing a contractor who promises rock bottom prices will cost you more in the long run. You see, a rushed or sloppy water heater repair will lead to even more repairs further down the road.

If you’re having trouble looking for a quality plumber to handle your water heater repairs, follow the tips below.

Choose a plumber who:

  • Is licensed and insured in the state of New York

  • Guarantees their work and covers the repair with at least a 1-year warranty

  • Has been in business for at least 5–10 years

  • Operates out of a physical corporate office (not out of a truck)

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