How Much Does It Cost to Repair or Replace a Water Heater in Iowa?

by Matt Schmitz
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Most people associate Iowa closely with agriculture in general (and corn in particular), but the reality is that it’s been decades since farming was one of the biggest drivers of the Iowan economy — with the finance sector actually comprising one of its primary contributors. As such, Iowans know how to count their chickens … er, money, and they live in one of the most affordable places in the U.S. So it should come as little surprise that, when it comes to water heater service, Hawkeye State residents pay substantially less on average than Americans at large.

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Your water heater powers your dishwasher, clothes washer and the hot shower you crave at the end of the day. When it goes kaput, it's not so much a matter of whether you should have it serviced, but how much that service will cost. And if your hot water is already out, the last thing you want right now is to be blindsided by exorbitant water heater service fees. If you’re calling around for estimates, these figures should give you a ballpark idea of how much you can expect to pay, from the Mighty Mississippi to the Big Muddy.

Repair and replacement costs vary depending on where you live. For comparison, the national average for diagnosis is $99, for repair is $493 and for replacement is $1,741.

The following average prices are based on aggregated HomeServe data reported by our network of contractors across the state of Iowa.

Water Heater Diagnosis: $85

The diagnostic fee is what the technician will charge you to tell you what’s wrong with your system and whether it needs to be repaired or replaced. In Iowa, this fee is about 14% lower than the national average.

Water Heater Repair: $261

After your technician tells you what’s wrong with your system, they may need to do some repair work. This usually involves ordering new parts to replace a worn-out heating element, faulty thermostat or another malfunctioning component. This average repair price includes replacement parts and the labor to install them. Repairs cost Iowans an average of 47% less than the U.S. overall.

Water Heater Replace: $1,520

Water heaters don’t last forever, and a breakdown might be a sign that yours is on its way out. At the end of your water heater’s useful life (about 10 years), you'll need to spring for a new one. Iowa's average replacement price is about 13% less than the nation’s.

(Note that HomeServe water heater data should generally be assumed to refer to conventional “tanked” models — the most common type — as opposed to tankless or “on-demand” models, which can cost roughly twice as much.)

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