You should expect any professional installing your water heater to stand by his craftsmanship. Any decent plumber will recommend a product they know they can trust. This is where having years of experience in the field comes in handy – our water heater specialists know firsthand what water heater models are best and what brands can be relied on to perform as long and as well as promised.
But that’s only part of the warranty you’ll need! A water heater installation should come with two forms of coverage: a workmanship warranty and an equipment warranty. What should you expect from this sort of deal? How can you tell what warranty is a real guarantee of quality?
In this article, we’ll talk about water heater warranties and what to look out for in your search.
Protect Your Purchase – 3 Warranty Rules
A high-quality water heater will generally cost between $600 and $1,200 to install. When you’re making that sort of investment, you’ll want to make sure you get your money’s worth. Here are three rules to follow when inquiring about a water heater warranty:
- Get Your Paperwork from the Source – You don’t want a big box company to cover your warranty. Home improvement franchises include the potential for failed items in their costs, which allows a certain percentage of their clients to be set up for failure. Make sure your warranty comes from the manufacturer of your product and the plumber doing your installation – not a go-between!
- 6-Year Minimum on Conventional, 10 for Tankless – The average lifespan of a standard, tank-type water heater is about 8 to 12 years. However, many people who have well water or live in parts of the country where water hardness is a naturally occurring problem can expect that ideal lifespan to be reduced. A tankless water heater has a significantly longer lifespan, typically between 15 and 20 years (this may be yet another reason to consider tankless options). You should expect the manufacturer’s warranty to cover their products for at least the bottom of the lifespan bracket, this way they guarantee there are no defects in the materials you receive.
- Look Out for Workmanship Warranties – When you choose to have your water heater installed by our company, you’re guaranteed to be getting the finest product available. Our skill is our pride, and quality is our tradition. Still, you should always expect at least a one-year workmanship warranty no matter who does your installation. This ensures you’re covered if your water heater fails to meet efficiency standards due to poor installation.