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Question DetailsAsked on 3/1/2017

Interested in getting $ input to move water heater location in our basement 8 ft and switching to a tankless syst

Currently our water heater is smack in middle of basement and Is a huge obstruction to keep it there and finish basement. We have the financial means to move it. It would be moving it about 8 feet down (sliding it down closer to the storage space of our open basement...this location is not against any exterior walls still mind you) and switching to a tankless heater where it can be mounted on a cement wall. Input on labor cost would be great! We're open to a tankless gas unit or going to electric. Where is it moved there is capability to drop electric, water, and gas lines to it....it would just have to be done.

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Talk to some plumbers - if gas only (no electric needed) probably in the $500 ballpark range for the relocate - plus a couple hundred to few hundred handyman repair cost if ceiling drywall needs to be repaired and repainted (if you have it and don't want to DIY that part). Of course, if an older water heater nearing its life, probably better to put a new one in now rather than move this one and then pay additional new heater connection costs in a couple of years. Plus if you put in a new one (bought from the plumber as part of the job) they might throw in the plumbing move for little or no added cost.


If swapping to electric (assuming your breaker panel has the capacity for the added breakers and the overall free load capacity for it) that would probably add about $300-500 depending on distance to breaker panel - plus drywall/painting as needed. (Possibly up to $1000 range electrician if you have a rare type panel where replacement breakers are very expensive for it - not common but there are some. You also run the risk, if your panel/breakers are recalled, that they will not install electric feed unless you replace the entire panel and all breakers - so be sure the bidders say they if can do it for the price they say with the existing service.


For a tankless heater, if you sare prone to make that mistake (both with respect to $ and to operational usefulness) for an 8 foot move I suspect they would throw in the water line and gas line moves for little or no additional charge over the total tankless heater installed cost if you negotiate on it with them - but still would have the electrician charge if going with electric tankless one. Just don't say I did not warn you - about 1/4 of the people I know who have gone tankless or moved into a house with it tore them out within a year or less and went back to a conventional or if they had hot water heating a combined storage tank system. Another 1/2 or more regret the change but were unwilling to pay the $1000-1800 to go back to a regular water heater, or to abandon the many thousands they put into the tankless unit. Pretty much all agreed that the units are not worth the cost and unless grossly oversized (meaning any claimed energy savings are likely shot) do not have the capacity for keeping up with more than one large hot wster demand - dishwasher, washer, OR tub/showear, but not more than one of those at a time.


Obviously get bids from several plumbers for this - and if going with a new unit I would let them worry about where they are going to tap into the lines for this - just be prepared to discuss exact wall/ceiling tearouts needed to limit the amount of that repair work needed (if your basement is finished).

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