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How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Water Heater in Minneapolis-St. Paul?

How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Water Heater in Minneapolis-St. Paul?

The cost to repair a water heater in Minneapolis-St. Paul ranges from $150 to $1,000+.

We know—that’s a pretty big price range.

That’s because the cost to repair your water heater can vary based on these factors:

  • How old your water heater is
  • What’s wrong with your water heater
  • Whether your water heater is covered under warranty
  • The plumber you hire

Let’s go into more detail about each of these factors to give you a better idea of what you could pay for your water heater repair.

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Factor #1: How old your water heater is

Here in the Twin Cities area, water heaters generally last around 10–15 years. So if your water heater is approaching that age (8 years or older), the cost to fix it will be greater.

You see, an older water heater is more likely to need severe repairs than a younger water heater because the parts are more worn down.

That said, if your water heater is 8+ years old (and especially if it’s 10+ years old), you should consider replacing the water heater altogether.

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Factor #2: What’s wrong with your water heater

Simply put, some water heater repairs are more expensive than others.

And without a water heater technician inspecting your water heater, it’s impossible for us to tell you how much your repair will cost.

However, to give you an idea of what you could pay, we’ll share a list of common water heater repairs we see in the Twin Cities area:

  • Water heater flush and cleaning: $80–$189+
  • Broken thermostat: $150–$500+
  • Faulty heating element: $250–$500+
  • Replacing anode rod: $200–$400+
  • Broken thermocouple: $300+
  • Leaks: Serious leaks can be very expensive to repair, which means sometimes it’s best to replace the entire unit.

Factor #3: Whether your water heater is covered under warranty

If your water heater is covered under warranty, you may not have to pay as much for the repair.

Your water heater usually comes with 2 types of warranties:

  • A parts warranty, which usually lasts 5–10 years from the installation date. Parts warranties are offered by the manufacturer, and cover faulty parts.
    Want to know if a particular part will be covered by your warranty? Check your manufacturer warranty. If you can’t locate the paperwork that came with your water heater, try visiting the manufacturer’s website and searching for your water heater model number.
  • A labor warranty, which usually lasts 1–2 years from the installation date. Labor warranties are offered by the plumber who first installed your water heater. This type of warranty covers the labor needed to repair or replace a faulty part (but doesn’t cover the cost of the part itself).
    To see if you have a labor warranty for your repair, you’ll want to contact the plumbing professional who first installed your water heater.

Factor #4: The plumber you hire

Generally speaking, the more expensive the plumber, the higher quality of service you should expect So don’t let a higher price scare you away when it comes to choosing your plumber.

I you hire a less-than-quality plumber just because they offer a lower price, you could end up paying more in the long run. You see, less experienced plumbers often charge less and if they do a poor job, you could end up with a poorly repaired water heater that’s more likely to malfunction and breakdown just a few weeks (or days) after the repair.

To find a good plumber, follow the tips below:

  • Check to see how long they’ve been in business. If they’ve been in business 10+ years, that means they probably do good work (or else they wouldn’t last that long).
  • Make sure they are licensed and insured, so you know they are following local codes and that you’re covered in case of an accident on the job.
  • Ask for references and check their online reviews. If you read or hear good things about them, that means they probably do quality work.

Need a water heater repair from a Twin Cities plumber?

We can help! Just give us a call and we’ll send over one or our expert plumbers to fix your water heater problem.

Why you should go with MSP....

  • We offer same-day water heater repair service
  • We give upfront pricing so there are no surprises after the project is finished
  • You get 100% satisfaction guarantee with any water heater repair
  • We’ve been around for 3 generations (100 years)

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