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The Cost Of A Water Heater with Installation in Utah

by | Mar 5, 2024

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Plumbers often choose not to list their prices for several reasons. One reason is that plumbers can accurately assess the situation and customize their quotes based on the job. Some plumbing issues may have hidden factors that only appear during inspection. For example, a seemingly straightforward repair could reveal more extensive damage. Additionally, market price, demand, seasonal fluctuations, and local competition contribute to plumbers’ omission of listing their prices. 

However, not listing prices upfront is inconvenient for the customer. It makes people question whether they are being given a fair quote. People today appreciate transparent pricing, as it makes budgeting for the repair much easier. So tell us the price already! 

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The National average cost of a tank-style water heater.

The nationwide average price of a water heater with installation is $1,950. However, according to Home Depot, the average cost in the Pacific region (including Utah) is 35-45% more expensive this average. I’ve done a ton of research as to why this might be the case. The only explanation I have come up with is installation fees. Also, the water heaters best suited for Utah must be built to withstand hard water and extremely cold water entering the home in winter.

These prices include everything, such as the water heater, permits, basic installation by a licensed plumber, and removing the old unit. However, the cost of rerouting pipes depending on how extensive this is might add additional cost.

The average cost of a tank-style water heater in Utah


A tank water heater in Utah, including installation, typically costs between $2,200 and $2,900. Tank-style water heaters come in multiple tank sizes and can be fueled by gas, electricity, or propane. However, propane is rarely used for residential or commercial properties.

Now that you know the average prices in the US and Utah, I have a good surprise to share. Sunset Plumbing’s pricing is in line with US pricing. So, check out our pricing sheet, especially if you’d like to save that extra 35-45%.

A water heater has a life expectancy of about 8-12 years. Typically, older units are neglected until they break, which means no hot water and quite possibly a flooded basement. This also means you want a plumber out quickly, preferably by the time you finish mopping up that floor. We’re happy to oblige with a quick turn around, including a 24/7 emergency care.  

Choose A Size With The First Hour Rating (FHR)


To determine which water heater size would be best be suited for your home. Determine the home’s peak water usage time, usually in the morning when everyone wants a shower. Estimate how many showers, shaves, washing, and appliances are running at this time. 

  • Shower – 20 gallons
  • Shaving – 2 gallons
  • Food prep and rinsing dishes – 3 gallons
  •  Dishwasher – 7 gallons
  • Laundry – 15-25 gallons

The concept is to add up all your water needs for the peak hour, which will give you the recommended size of a water tank. For example, two showers, a shave, breakfast, and who has time to run the dishwasher or do laundry in the morning mean a 40-gallon might do the trick. However, if you have a household full of kids and 2 of them need a shower and you have to run the laundry in the morning,.. well a 40 gallon just isn’t enough. 

Why Choose a 40-gallon over a 50-gallon?

40-gallon water heaters are the most common tank size sold in the USA. They are slightly more energy efficient than larger models and heat up faster. They are also slightly more energy efficient.

In our professional experience. If you’re trying to decide between a 40-gallon and a 50-gallon and the FHR is fairly close. We suggest a 40-gallon. First, it will save you a little bit of money (really only about $50 upfront). However, over the lifetime, it will save energy costs. The biggest reason, though, is that it heats up a lot faster (recovery rate) once it is drained. So between the two, they’re so close in comparison. 

Why Choose a 50-gallon over a 40-gallon?

We already told you our preference if the FHR is close. However, if there’s a little bit more of a gap and someone in the family really likes long hot showers then those extra few minutes to relax, might be worth it. In which case, the 50-gallon is the better option.

What About 80 gallons or more?

For larger households, don’t worry—there are water heater sizes for everyone. It’s even a common practice to run multiple water heaters side by side, (expansion tank setup) thus doubling the water capacity.

  • Benefits: Even during peak hours you are sure to enjoy consistent hot water. 
  • Drawbacks:  The upfront cost of installation may be higher, and the ongoing expenses of maintaining and operating two water heaters can exceed that of a single, larger unit.
  • Expert Guidance:  When considering a multiple water heater setup, it is a good idea to consult a licensed plumber. Their expertise will allow them to evaluate your specific needs and give you tailored recommendations. 

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Alma Bradshaw

About The Author

Hello, My name is Alma Bradshaw. I'm a licensed plumber with over 20 years of experience in the industry. It's important to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest plumbing techniques, innovations, codes, and regulations. Learn more about plumbing here and feel free to comment below with any questions.

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