“How Much Does It Cost to Install a Gas Water Heater in Kansas City?”

March 11, 2016

We’ll assume this question is referring to the cost of a traditional tank gas water heater, not a tankless water heater. (We don’t recommend that Kansas folks buy tankless water heaters.)

The cost to install a gas water heater in the Kansas City area that are compliant with the new National Appliance Energy Conservation Act is between $1100 to $1400 with the average being $1300.

This install cost varies due to a few factors. But let’s start with two big ones:

  • Adaptations needed to install newer, larger water heaters
  • The installer you hire

Let’s explore these factors in more detail.

Installing a new tank water heater may require home remodeling

Here’s the scoop: Most new tank water heaters are 2 inches taller and 2 inches larger in diameter than their less efficient ancestors. This size increase makes them harder to install in smaller spaces like attics or closets.

So your installer may have to take off door jams to bring the unit in. Or they may have to relocate the water heater. Also, some new gas water heaters will require new and larger venting.

All these factors can increase the cost of your installation.

“Why are new water heaters larger?”

The U.S. Department of Energy has put into effect new regulations that require all manufacturers of water heaters to meet a higher energy factor (EF) rating. To meet those ratings, manufacturers had to add insulation to the tank, increasing the size.

Unfortunately, your doorways and closet won’t magically expand to make the larger water heaters easy to install.

Labor costs can vary based on the installer’s pricing model

Labor cost is always a hard-to-nail-down factor because of how different plumbers charge, which includes:

  • Hourly pricing
  • Flat-rate pricing

With hourly pricing, the plumber will give you an “estimate” before doing any work. But you won’t know the actual price until they finish the installing your water heater. That means if they run into any snags during the job, the price could jump dramatically.  Of course, if the job goes smoothly, then the estimate may be on point or even lower.

With flat-rate pricing, the plumber can give you an actual price after they’ve examined your home and water heater type but BEFORE they actually do any work. This pricing method works out for the homeowner because you’ll never be surprised by the final price and can do more accurate price shopping.

Regardless of how they price, please do your research. Look at Yelp. Ask your friends. Ask your cat. Do whatever you need to do to find a good plumber in the Kansas City area. 

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