cost to replace heating elements?

The top element in my water heater went out some time ago, so i want to have both elements replaced. What should i expect to pay a handy man to do that kind of job?

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  • Honey
    Lv 7
    7 years ago
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    The elements cost about $20.00 each at an appliance parts store. It's no big deal to change them yourself.

    Take the make and model of your heater to your local appliance parts store and buy replacement upper and lower elements.

    Turn off power to the heater and have a shower or do a dishwasher load of dishes to cool the water so you don't burn yourself.

    Turn off cold water supply to the heater (usually a valve on top of the heater)

    Drain most of the water from the heater using the faucet near the bottom, leaving a hot water faucet on in the kitchen sink to prevent air lock.

    Remove the upper panel on the side of the heater and pull aside the insulation. Pull the two wires off the element and use a wrench to screw the element out of the tank.

    Screw the new element into t he tank wrapping 3-4 turns of Teflon tape on the threads first.

    Replace the 2 wires, insulation and cover plate.

    Repeat the process on the bottom element.

    Close the kitchen faucet and the faucet at the bottom of the tank.

    Turn on the cold water supply to the tank and WAIT until it fills and you can draw water from a hot water faucet in the house.

    Turn on the power to the heater.

    Pat yourself on the back for having saved yourself a $75.00 service call (or more, depending upon where you live.)

  • E
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    Each element is between $25-30. A smart handyman will ask for the make model and serial number of your water heater. S/he will purchase the parts ahead of time. If someone knows what they are doing, they shut off the circuit breaker. Shut off the incoming water. Then they drain the tank. Then they unscrew the old element[s]. use some pipe joint compound and reinstall. Sometimes the old elements have seized due to minerals. That requires using a penetrant to dissolve the minerals. Add about half hour to an hour for each seized element. Once installed the tank must be refilled by opening the shut-off valve on top, open a hot water tap then wait until all the spitting and sputtering stops meaning all the air is out. Then turn on the breaker. Watch your electric meter spin. In about an hour run some water to see if it is getting warm. Labor can take anywhere from an hour and a half to 3 hours depending. So to the cost of the two elements multiply the hourly labor cost by 3 and add the two components to get an idea of the high end cost.

  • Ray
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Usually cost about $15 per element and you can do it yourself.

    The just have a couple of wires going to them and then they unscrew - You might need to buy a special size wrench - It's a big nut that comes off and then just lift it out and replace it with the new one -

    That's about it.

    Be sure of the correct voltage - it should be either 120 vac or 220 vac.

    Really rather easy to do.

  • 7 years ago

    To answer the question,100 bucks.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    you have to call a licensed, union plumber or you could be violating the code

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