How Much Do Hybrid Water Heaters Cost?
When it comes time to replace an old water heater in a large home, finding a replacement capable of maintaining a bigger house’s high hot water demands is crucial. Fortunately, hybrid water heaters are an excellent investment for homeowners who want a reliable water heater. If this is an investment you’re considering, then learning about the different cost factors can help you prepare a budget.
From tankless to hybrid water heaters, we at Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air have worked and received specialized training certifications with some of the top water heater manufacturers. For over 15 years, we’ve helped homeowners identify which water heaters are suitable for their homes and made sure they understood the costs associated with these units, especially hybrid water heaters.
Hybrid water heaters can cost $6,000 to $9,000 without installation and, with installation, can cost $26,000 to $30,000. Besides installation, other factors that can affect its price include.
- Optional Add-ons
By the end of this article, you will have all the information you need to understand better what a hybrid water heater would cost for your home.
Factors Affecting the Cost of Hybrid Water Heaters
While every home is different, a few main factors can increase or decrease the overall cost of a hybrid water heater.
Some manufacturers of hybrid water heaters price their water heaters higher than others. The most common hybrid water heaters sold and installed throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding area include:
- Next Hybrid Gas Water Heater by A.O. Smith
- Hybrid Hot Series by Noritz
- Demand Duo H-Series from Rinnai
Most hybrid water heaters can only be purchased with a third-party installation company partnered with the hybrid water heater manufacturer to sell and install their products. The installation technician can provide a price estimate but might need to review other price factors, such as any possible modifications required to complete the hybrid water heater installation.
The price range for relocating a water heater installation can be between a few hundred to close to a thousand dollars. The location of the hybrid water heater in your home will influence the final cost. If you’re replacing an old water heater, the technician will need to inspect the installation site to see if additional work is required.
Before an appropriate location can be determined, a hybrid water heater’s size must be
taken into account. Hybrid water heaters are some of the larger water heaters, with capacities ranging from 80 to over 100 gallons. Even if the proper installation location is selected, more modifications may be required to accommodate the hybrid water heater.
Hybrid water heaters have a large depth due to their design, which can require technicians to make adjustments during the installation. These necessary modifications can increase the cost of a hybrid water heater by a few hundred to thousands of dollars, depending on the extent of the additional changes.
Extra modifications may look like a technician upgrading the pipes that connect the water line to a water heater. Or, if a new installation site is needed, the technician may have to do drainage work to ensure the hybrid water heater can drain waste water appropriately. Any new piping required for plumbing or drainage will be included in the final cost.
One more factor that can affect the price of a hybrid water heater is any helpful add-ons.
Water treatment and a neutralizer are two additional accessories that can benefit a hybrid water heater but at an additional cost. Different types of whole-house water filtration systems can help a hybrid water heater, but their price ranges in the thousands of dollars. Neutralizers can increase the cost of a hybrid water heater by a few hundred dollars.
Here’s how these additional components can benefit a hybrid water heater system.
- Neutralizer: The wastewater produced by hybrid water heaters is acidic and can harm plant life. To help offset the acidity, technicians and plumbing codes require a neutralizer to prevent damage.
- Water treatment: Water filtration options include whole-house water filters such as carbon filtration, which improves waste taste. Water softeners are another treatment system that benefits hybrid water heaters by reducing limescale buildup common in water heaters.
Including these two can help extend the lifespan of a hybrid water heater.
Should I Invest in a Hybrid Water Heater?
Various factors will determine the final cost of a hybrid water heater. It may not be easy to pinpoint one exact location, but it’s best to have an idea of what to expect. By knowing the price range, you can confidently seek out estimates to see which hybrid water heater is right for you.
We don’t just service water heaters. Since 2007, we at Monkey Wrench have been helping homeowners identify a water heater that helps their homes keep up with their hot water demands. Hybrid water heaters are just one of the many water heaters we’ve helped install in homes across Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
If you’re ready to learn more about hybrid water heaters, contact us or book an appointment through our online scheduler.
For more information on hybrid water heaters, check out how they compare with heat pump water heaters. Or, if you want a water heater that is more budget-friendly, learn more about what other types of water heaters cost.