Cost to Repair Water Heater in Florida

December 12, 2017

The average cost to repair a water heater in Florida ranges from $180 to $1,200.

We know—that’s a big price range! But we’ll help break it down for you.

What you’ll actually pay for a water heater repair depends on these 3 cost factors:

  1. The type of water heater you have
  2. What’s wrong with the water heater
  3. The plumber you hire

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Cost factor #1: The type of water heater you have

The 2 main types of water heaters are tank and tankless. Because tankless water heaters are more complex units, they usually cost more to repair.

Here’s a closer look at the average cost to repair tank vs tankless water heaters:

  • The cost to repair a tank water heater ranges from $180–$375 on average.
  • The cost to repair a tankless water heater ranges from $350–$1,200 on average

Learn more about water heater repair pricing by visiting our water heater repair service page.

Cost factor #2: What’s wrong with the water heater

What’s broken on your water heater largely determines how much you’ll pay. That’s because some repairs require parts that are more expensive, and some repairs take longer than others.

Below is a list of common water heater repairs, with the estimated cost to repair them (including labor):

  • Replacing a drain pan: $80–$150+
  • Water heater flush and cleaning: $80–$100+
  • Broken thermostat: $150–$500+
  • Faulty heating element: $150–$200+
  • Replacing anode rod: $200–$300+
  • Broken thermocouple: $300+
  • Leaks: If they’re severe, they can be very expensive. In that case, it’s usually better to replace the entire unit. For more information, read our article, “Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?”.

Now, if your water heater is still covered under warranty, it may cut down on some of the cost of the repair. Most warranties cover almost all repairs in the first year and certain repairs in the next 5 years of the water heater’s life. Contact the contractor who installed your water heater or search online for the warranty details to see if your repair is covered under warranty. 

Cost factor #3: The plumber you hire

The plumber you hire largely determines how much you’ll pay for a water heater repair. That’s because plumbing companies all charge a little differently for their services.

Let’s take a look at 2 points to consider when choosing a plumber to hire:

How the plumber charges

When you contact a plumber to repair your water heater, make sure you’re familiar with the following terms:

  • Service call charge: A service call fee is what the plumber charges to visit your home and diagnose the problem (but not to actually repair the unit). This fee usually ranges anywhere from $50–$100.

    Depending on the plumbing company, the service call fee may be waived if you choose them to repair your water heater.
  • Hourly vs. flat fee: Some contractors charge by how many hours it takes to do the repair, others charge a flat, fixed fee for the repair. Make sure when you get a quote from a plumber that you know how they’re charging so you know what you can expect to pay.

    It’s also a good idea to get a written quote, so you can hold the contractor to their word.

The quality of the plumber

Typically, the better the plumber, the more expensive they’ll be. But that also means that they’ll do a better job. The last thing you want is to pay for a repair only to face more water heater issues down the road due to a poor repair job.

When choosing a quality plumber, look for these 3 things:

  • Online customer reviews to gauge their reputation
  • Government license to practice plumbing in your area
  • Insurance, in case something goes awry on the job

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