80 Gallon Electric Water Heater

We got a phone call about an 80 Gallon electric water heater leaking in Phoenix and the homeowner wanted to know exactly how much a replacement would be. He had called other companies that had given him an exact cost to replace the leaking water heater and they wanted to scheduled the installation right away. Water Heaters Only, Inc offered a free onsite diagnosis and estimate to repair or replace the unit.

Our technician arrived at our scheduled appointment time to hopefully repair the 80 gallon electric water heater. It was leaking from one of the elements and the homeowner had no hot water. The homeowner was hoping the 80 gallon electric water heater could be repaired. However, after accessing the situation it was clear the 80 gallon electric water heater would have to be replaced. The tank had rusted through where the elements screw into the tank and it was leaking internally, there was no way to repair the water heater.


The homeowner had already done a little shopping around, but didn’t mention the  water heater  was in the basement down a flight of stairs or that there was another water heater right next to it that shared the plumbing. If we had given the homeowner a price over the phone, it would have changed after we arrived on site because of the location and plumbing. Having additional access and plumbing issues usually effects the cost of a water heater installation and it’s hard to take these situations into consideration when giving a price over the phone. Always be careful of exact prices given over the phone, usually they will changed once the company is at your home.

Our technician checked the plumbing to see what the installation would entail to make sure the new unit could be installed to code and there would be no issues with the existing plumbing connected to the secondary water heater. After thoroughly accessing the situation we presented the homeowner with our bid. He was pleased with the price and was happy that he was not told one price over the phone and then a different price once we were onsite. He did his homework and called the other companies back while we waited and mentioned the downstairs location and shared plumbing with a secondary water heater. The companies told him the price would increase significantly, but now they couldn’t give him a total without sending someone out. On top of that, most of the companies quoted a trip fee if they were not hired for the installation.

Water Heaters Only, Inc still believes honest business practices are the best business practices. Even though sometimes we might sound a little more expensive over the phone. When it comes to the actual final onsite price, we are most often the lowest.

The homeowner agreed to our installation price and we got to work installing the new 80 Gallon electric water heater. Our technician figured out the best way to get the old 80 gallon electric water heater up the stairs without causing any damage to the home. Older water heaters can fill up with sediment and be very heavy.  After 53 years in business we take pride in our work and always do our best to limit the possibility of damage when removing a water heater.

Once the water heater had been removed it was time to clean the area, prep for installation  and install the 80 gallon electric water heater. Our technician cleaned the platform, installed a water heater drip pan with a drain pipe, re-piped the hot and cold water lines and re-piped the temperature / pressure safety overflow pipe. Once the water lines were replaced our technician re-connected the new plumbing to the circulation pump system and re-wired the electrical to the tank.

Needless to say our technician left the area cleaner than when he arrived. Our customer was extremely satisfied with the entire process. Even though replacing a water heater is not the most enjoyable event at Water Heaters Only, Inc we work with our customers schedules and provide excellent service to try and make the situation the best experience possible.

Electric Water Heaters

Residential Electric Water Heater Pros

Electric water heaters come in a variety of sizes including: tall, medium and short heights. Whether you need a 20 gallon, 30 gallon, 40 gallon or 50 gallon electric water heater, you can find each in a tall medium or short model. This is very convenient when your water heater is tucked under a stairway, under a counter or in another tight-fitting location within the home. Point of use electric water heaters are a great option for studios, guest areas and smaller living spaces where a unit can easily be installed if there is a water connection, then they can be plugged into an nearby outlet in a wall. These types of units come in quite handy when you only need a small amount of hot water a few times throughout the day and you do not want to heat an entire tank of water continually.

Electric water heaters do not have a venting system and can hold there heat longer than natural gas water heaters that have baffles and venting where heat can more easily escape.

Most Electric water heaters start with a efficiency rating of .85 or above. This means they are energy efficient and store the heat inside the tank very efficiently.

Residential Electric Water Heater Cons

While electric water heaters have high efficiency ratings, due to the cost of electricity, they are more expensive to operate than natural gas water heaters. They cost anywhere from 20%-50% more to operate that a gas water heater depending on the current energy prices and the current prices for natural gas.

Electric water heater have a slower recovery rate than gas water heaters, not matter what the size the recovery generals stays about the same. This can lead to problems of running out of hot water and having to wait quit dome time for the water heater to re-heat. We have had customers that will move into a new residence and call stating they have a water heater problem. Often they complain of running out of hot water. We will run a through diagnosis, including a tub test on the existing water heater to find there are no problems with the unit. In most cases we find out during the conversation the customer, they recently moved into the residence and used to have a gas water heater at there previous home.

When it is time to replace your water heater, as a “rule of thumb” we typically recommend replacing the unit with a “like for like”. This mean the same type, gallon and BTU’S if for some reason you want more hot water, you can always see if an upgrade is possible. However if you are building a new home and have the opportunity to select and size what ever water heater you want, do a bit of research and planning to make sure you choose the best type and style unit for your lifestyle.

If you have questions or would like additional information contact us to speak with a water heater expert 24 hours a day (602) 253-8010 you can also read more about electric water heaters and look up specs for the different manufacturers models at our main website site www.waterheatersonly.com.