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

by Matt Schmitz
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From swampy summers to Cajun spice to having a hot time in the old town on Mardi Gras, Louisiana knows how to bring the heat. But not even the warmth of Southern hospitality can spare Louisiana residents the body-clenching shock of your shower suddenly going cold due to a malfunctioning water heater. The good news for Louisianans budgeting for eventual water heater maintenance is that, compared with the average cost among your fellow Americans, Pelican State peeps pay significantly less for both repairs and replacement.

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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, from Shreveport to New AHL-lee-ins, of how much you can expect to pay Bayou … er, make that, by you.

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 Louisiana:

Water Heater Diagnosis: $87

The technician will charge you a fee to come out to your home, tell you what’s wrong with your system and determine whether it needs to be repaired or replaced. For Louisianans at large‚ this fee is 12% less than the national average.

Water Heater Repair: $278

Any number of things may be going wrong with your water heater — issues with the gas control valve, a faulty thermostat or a combination of several malfunctions. This estimated repair price includes replacement parts and the labor to install them. Water heater repairs cost the average Louisiana resident roughly 44% less than they do nationwide.

Water Heater Replace: $1,496

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 usable life (about 10 years), you'll need to spring for a new one. Louisiana’s average replacement price is 14% less than that of the nation.

(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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