February 22, 2018
The cost to repair a tank water heater in Florida ranges from $100 to $1,000+.
We know it’s a pretty big range, but what you’ll actually pay depends on these 3 main cost factors:
Let’s go into more detail about each of these points...
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The biggest factor that affects how much you’ll pay for a repair is what’s wrong with the water heater.
Think about when your car needs a repair and you take it to the mechanic—your mechanic charges based on what’s actually wrong with your car, right? Water heater repairs work the same way: you could have a really simple fix or it could be a time-consuming and complicated repair.
So, to help you get a better feel of what you could pay, we’ve included a list of common water heater repairs and how much they cost:
If your water heater repair is over $500, and especially if your water heater is old (10+ years), we usually recommend replacing your water heater altogether.
Related reading: Should I Repair or Replace My Water Heater?
Now, the only way to get an accurate price estimate on the repair is to have a professional inspect the problem and give you a quote, which brings us to cost factor #2…
When you contact a contractor to repair your water heater, you’ll want to ask them 2 things:
Almost all water heater repair contractors charge a service call fee. This fee is what the plumber charges to visit your home and diagnose the issue.
Most contractors charge between $50–$100 for a service call (we charge $59). The good news is, most contractors will waive that service call fee if you choose them to repair the water heater (we do).
Note: If the repair is complex and needs an in-depth diagnosis, the service call fee usually increases to be $80–$150 (ours is $89 if that’s the case).
Once a plumber tells you about the repair, ask them for a written estimate on how much the project will cost. This way, the contractor is bound to their word on the price they initially quote you.
Plus, you’ll see how a company charges for their labor. Contractors charge either by the hour or with a fixed rate:
Most water heaters have at least a 6-year warranty to cover parts and the tank. Six-year warranties usually break down like this:
Of course, the specifics of the warranty depends on the manufacturer. Don’t have your warranty handy? Try searching for the warranty on the manufacturer's website (you’ll probably need your water heater model number) or contact the contractor who installed your water heater for the warranty info.
We have several locations in Florida. View our service area and give us a call or schedule an appointment online and we’ll quickly send over one of our certified and trusted plumbers to fix your water heater.
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