Soon after you buy your water heater, the installer calls to arrange a time window for the water heater installation. Basic installation includes delivering the new water heater, inspecting the plumbing and location, disconnecting the existing unit, installing the new unit in the same location, connecting it to the existing water source and gas or electric sources and testing for basic operation.
The condition of your home and your local code requirements might require further services, at an additional charge. For example, some California counties have specific regulations regarding gas water heater emissions.
Beyond basic installation, some sellers offer these services for an additional fee.
Removal. For a nominal fee, installers dispose of your existing water heater.
Capacity upgrades. Sometimes upgrading to a larger water heater requires altering your existing plumbing.
Local code upgrades. Local safety code requirements may have changed since the last time your water heater was replaced, and the plumbing and venting may have deteriorated, requiring replacement or alteration. Here are some common upgrades that codes require:
Installers will review any additional charges before installing your new water heater.