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At Central Plumbing we have installed hundreds of water heaters for our customers over the years. Each installation is its own challenge and we have learned a lot about water heaters and how to correctly install them in that time. When you have a licensed professional do your water heater installation you get the benefit of all their knowledge. We work with the city to make sure all code violations are addressed ensuring your appliance is installed correctly and safely.

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1 Year parts and 2 YEAR labor warranty

We cover all parts for one year and labor related to your installation for two years. The manufacturer's parts warranty is usually 6 years.

Quality parts

We make sure to use high-quality parts when installing your heater so you will never have to worry about parts corroding or failing prematurely. Galvanized fittings are not reliable. They start to corrode and leak quickly. Brass fittings never corrode or clog up the same way galvanized fittings will.

All code upgrades are included in the price

Thermal expansion tank, earthquake straps, pan, and water alarm, temperature, and pressure drain line, and gas line sediment trap are all included in your flat rate price. Only venting is excluded and requires a separate quote.

water heater installation near me - Tank or tankless water heater? What are the differences? Tank water heaters do a pretty good job of heating your water. Recovery rates have gotten better because they are better insulated and some incorporate a baffle in the vent. Tank water heaters suffer from tank corrosion, more so here in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo and the surrounding cities because of our water. You can buy them with extended warranties which means a larger sacrificial anode. Your tank type water heater will work fine here for 20 years if it does not start leaking on you but they get less and less efficient unless you are performing a water heater flush 1 to 2 times a year. tank type water heaters need a thermal expansion tank that seem to fail about every 3-4 years. This is an added cost. You can clear up some space when installing a tankless water heater. The unit sits on your wall. You still need to flush a tankless water heater but the process is much faster and ends up with a much cleaner unit. These units qualify for rebates that offset the cost of installation a lot. Add energy saving costs over the lifetime of the unit which is 25 years! + and a tankless water heater is a great choice.
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High efficiency options

We install all types of high-efficiency options. Tankless heaters are a great option with unlimited hot water. Energy Star heat pump units and high-efficiency gas storage units can save you up to $3500 over its lifetime. Albuquerque and Rio Rancho run rebate programs periodically that you can take advantage of.

Ongoing maintenance plans

The mineral in our water builds up in your heater clogging heat exchangers and settling at the bottom of the tank. Flushing your unit once a year is key to reducing this buildup which can shorten the life and cause other issues.

Installed to meet current code

The plumbing code is updated continually. We keep up with all the changes making sure your installation is done right.

How much does it cost to install a water heater?

The price to install a water heater varies a little if the gas line needs to be upgraded or venting needs to be up sized. If you email us a photo of your existing water heater and tell us what size you need we can give you a quote online. This flat rate price includes the water heater, installation, all parts, permits and inspections, haul away of your old water heater and a 2 year labor warranty.

Water Heater Service

Yearly water heater service like flushing your tank once a year to get rid of the mineral sludge that builds up at the bottom is recommended. Flushing your tankless heat exchanger yearly is a must to keep it flowing and also remove mineral deposits build-up on internal components. If you have a recirculation pump attached and the connecting piping is galvanized it should be checked for blockages or replaced with brass fittings. 

tankless water heater service albuquerque - this is a photo of a lowes bucket with a little giant submersible pump attached to a washing machine hose that is attached to the tankless water heater webstone kit. The pump pumps a cleaning solution up through the heat exchanger and back down into the bucket. The cleaning process takes about an hour to complete. The small mesh water filter is removed from the cold water inlet line so the pump can work at its full capacity. Not removing this mesh filter slows down the whole thing. After the cleaning solution has been pumped through the tankless water heat exchanger for about an hour the tankless water heater is then flushed with fresh water. The webstone kit is closed off and the water is turned on to the unit. Any air is purged and the unit is tested. The mesh filter is replaced.
Water Heater Installation. How long does it take to install a water heater? Firstly your technician will need to drain your old water heater. They do this by connecting a hose to the drain down valve at the bottom of the water heater. The copper supply lines are disconnected from the water heater and it is drained. Draining takes about 45 minutes. One the unit is drained and disconnected it is removed from its stand. The water heater stand is examined and fixed if needed. The new water heater is set in an aluminum pan on the stand. The technician runs a new temprature and pressure relife line in hard pipe with a copper union. A thermal expansion tank is installed above the water heater using brass threaded fittings to support its weight. Hot and cold water lines are connected and the the old water heater gate or ball valve is replaced. A gas line sediment trap is installed and the gas line is connected. Earth quake straps are installed. The venting is modified to suit the new water heater. The water heater is filled and purged of air. It is lit and tested. We pull a permit and have the water heater inspected.
tankless water heater installer - this is a photo of a navien tankless water heater laying on the customers driveway ready to have the webstone kit installed on the bottom of the unit before it is hung on the wall and plumbed in.

Electric Water Heater Replacement

Call us for a free estimate on electric water heater replacement. We can diagnose electric water heater problems and make repairs. We replace electric water heater heating elements, thermostats and can fix electric water heater leaks.


Call us for a free estimate on water heater replacement Albuquerque and water heater replacement Rio Rancho.
All work is permitted and a water heater inspection is included in the installation price.

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Water heater installation plumbing service in Albuquerque. Thermal expansion tanks are required in albuquerque and rio rancho now. Tap the top and then the bottom to test if it has ruptured or not.
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Water heater service Albuquerque. This is a photo of a water heater service call where we came across a water heater leak happening on a unit that looked like it was over 20 years old. It has the older style metal gas valve and has a hose attached so it can be drained before it is lifted out and removed. We worked on the gas line next to it and cleaned it up adding a gas line sediment trap. When the installation area is tight we can use a slim style heater that end up being a bit taller. If you don't have a lot the space in the closet the utility closet then this is a good option. A tankless water heater could have been installed here as well on the wall.
Water heater repair Rio Rancho. This is a photo of an old and neglected 40 gallon natural gas water heater that was in an un occupied house. The unit was not winterized and sat under pressure for many years while the house remained vacant. The unit is showing signs of leaking around the top seam. The brown staining instead of the more typical white indicate that the tank is quite rusted out and in need of quick replacement. We pulled this unit and replaced it with a new bradford white. Everything was brought up to code including new earthquake straps, new venting, a new thermal expansion tank with all brass fittings and it was placed in an aluminium pan with a water alarm.
A water heater replacement in albuquerque that has been brought up to code. The city requires that the temperature and pressure line is hard piped with a union now. A water alarm in the aluminum pan is a nice feature.
A new water heater installation in rio rancho.