Are you preparing to move a water heater but aren’t sure how heavy it will be?
Or maybe you’re planning to buy one and need to know if you can transport it yourself.
Whatever the situation, you want to know: how much does a water heater weigh?
To find out, I analyzed 37 different tank-style, tankless, and under the sink models.
Here’s what I learned:
Tank-style water heaters weigh an average of 150 pounds empty, but it varies by size. On average, tank-style water heaters weigh 2.6 pounds per gallon of capacity.
Tankless water heats are significantly lighter, averaging 27 pounds. And, under the sink water heaters weigh an average of 32 pounds.
Since water weighs 8.34 pounds per gallon, the average 50-gallon tank can hold up to 417 pounds of water. Add that to the weight of the tank, and you have one hefty unit.
In the following sections, I provide 37 examples of popular water heaters and reveal to you exactly how much they weigh when they’re empty and when they’re filled with water.
I also explain other factors that impact water heaters’ weight and provide tips on how to move them safely.
Use the links below to navigate this article:
- Actual Weight of 37 Water Heaters
- Factors Impacting Water Heater Weight
- Tips for Moving a Hot Water Heater
- Final Thoughts
Actual Weight of 37 Water Heaters
To give you a better idea of how much different water heaters weigh, I put together the chart below that shows the actual weights of 37 popular water heaters by type and capacity.
Note: GPM means Gallons Per Minute. It measures the amount of water a tankless water heater can heat per minute.
Scroll/swipe horizontally to view the entire chart.
|Brand/Model||Weight Empty||Weight Full||Capacity||Type|
|Rheem #XE40M06ST45U1||106 pounds||440 pounds||40 Gallons||Tank|
|Rheem #XE50M06ST45U1||132 pounds||549 pounds||50 Gallons||Tank|
|Rheem #XE38S06ST45U1||95 pounds||412 pounds||38 Gallons||Tank|
|Rheem #XE30S06ST45U1||95 pounds||345 pounds||30 Gallons||Tank|
|Westinghouse #WEC080C2X045||151 pounds||818 pounds||80 Gallons||Tank|
|Rheem #MHD85245||139 pounds||848 pounds||85 Gallons||Tank|
|Rheem #MHD75245||122 pounds||748 pounds||75 Gallons||Tank|
|Richmond #S80U-1||192 pounds||859 pounds||80 Gallons||Tank|
|A.O. Smith Signature Premier||302 pounds||969 pounds||80 Gallons||Tank|
|Westinghouse #WEC080C3W165||151 pounds||818 pounds||80 Gallons||Tank|
|Westinghouse #WEC115C2X055||224 pounds||1183 pounds||115 Gallons||Tank|
|Westinghouse #WER052C2X045N||118 pounds||552 pounds||52 Gallons||Tank|
|Westinghouse #WER040C2X055N||104 pounds||438 pounds||40 Gallons||Tank|
|Westinghouse #WEC100C3W135||151 pounds||985 pounds||100 Gallons||Tank|
|Marathon #MHD105245||152 pounds||1028 pounds||105 Gallons||Tank|
|Marathon #MR40245||91 pounds||425 pounds||40 Gallons||Tank|
|Camplux #ME60N||26 pounds||76 pounds||6 Gallons||Tank|
|Rheem #XG29T06EN30U1||110 Pounds||352 pounds||29 Gallons||Tank|
|Rheem #GHE80SS-130A||600 pounds||1267 pounds||80 Gallons||Tank|
|Sure Comfort #SCG40T03ST34U1||125 pounds||459 pounds||40 Gallons||Tank|
|Richmond #6G50-60F3||150 pounds||567 pounds||50 Gallons||Tank|
|John Wood #JW6F307||172 pounds||422 pounds||30 Gallons||Tank|
|Westinghouse #WGR060NG076||170 pounds||670 pounds||60 Gallons||Tank|
|Rheem #ECOH200DVLN-2||82 pounds||N/A||9.5 GPM||Tankless|
|Rinnai #V65iN||45.6 pounds||N/A||6.5 GPM||Tankless|
|Rinnai #RL94iN||46.3 pounds||N/A||9.8 GPM||Tankless|
|Rheem #ECOH200DVRHLP||85 pounds||N/A||11 GPM||Tankless|
|Eccotemp #i12-NG||29 pounds||N/A||4 GPM||Tankless|
|Rheem #RETEX-13||7 pounds||N/A||2.54 GPM||Tankless|
|EcoSmart #ECO 18||11 pounds||N/A||3.51 GPM||Tankless|
|Black + Decker #BD-27HD||12.17 pounds||N/A||5.4 GPM||Tankless|
|Titan Model #N-120||8 pounds||N/A||4 GPM||Tankless|
|Richmond #6EP15-1||54 pounds||179 pounds||15 Gallons||Under the Sink|
|Rheem #XE06P06PU20U0||37 pounds||87 pounds||6 Gallons||Under the Sink|
|Bosch #8733954924||17.3 pounds||51 pounds||4 Gallons||Under the Sink|
|Stiebel Eltron #SHC 4||19.8 pounds||53 pounds||4 Gallons||Under the Sink|
|Stiebel Eltron #SHC 6||26.5 pounds||77 pounds||6 Gallons||Under the sink|
Factors Impacting Water Heater Weight
A few factors impact your water heater’s overall weight, including the type, size of the tank, and whether it’s full or empty. Let’s look at each in more detail.
Water Heater Type
There are two primary types of water heaters: tank and tankless.
As the name suggests, tank-style water heaters have a tank that stores hot water, so it’s ready when you need it.
Tankless water heaters, sometimes referred to as on-demand water heaters, don’t store hot water in a massive tank. Instead, when you turn on a shower or faucet, cold water flows into the unit for heating.
Besides the energy and cost savings, tankless water heaters have another advantage: they’re much lighter than tank-style heaters. On average tankless water heaters weigh 27 pounds, and tank-style water heaters weigh 150 pounds.
Size of Tank
The weight of tank-style water heaters varies significantly based on the size of the tank.
Water heater tanks in single-family homes are usually between 40 and 80 gallons.
When emptied, here’s what you can expect the tank to weigh:
- 40-gallon water heaters weigh an average of 106 pounds.
- 50-gallon water heaters weigh an average of 140 pounds.
- 80-gallon water heaters weigh an average of 200 pounds.
Tankless water heaters with a higher GPM (gallons per minute) are larger and typically weigh more than those with lower GPM. For example, the 11 GPM Rheem tankless heater weighs 85 pounds, while this 2.5 GPM model weighs 7 pounds. a
Water in Tank
Of course, if there is water in the tank, it becomes significantly heavier. One gallon of water weighs just over 8 pounds, so if you plan to move your water heater, I recommend emptying the water.
Tips for Moving a Hot Water Heater
Water heaters, especially tank-style units, are heavy, clunky, and awkward to move. Before you get started, consider these tips.
First, turn off the power, gas (if applicable), and water supplies.
Next, if you have a walkout basement, run a hose from the water heater’s drain to the outside and completely drain the tank. If it’s not in a walkout basement, you can drain the tank into a drain or sump pump. If that’s not an option, you’ll have to do it the slow way and drain the water into a bucket.
Lastly, disconnect the gas and water lines and nudge the tank out of the space to an area where you can lift it safely.
Some other tips to keep in mind:
- Make a plan before you move it. Where’s it going? And how will you get it there? Make sure the path is clear, and you have plenty of room to fit through doorways and staircases.
- If it’s too heavy to lift, use a dolly.
- Ask for help. Moving it alone can be dangerous as it could result in injury.
- Contact a plumber if you’re not comfortable with disconnecting the water heater.
If you need more instruction, this helpful video walks through the steps to move a water heater.
Tank-style water heaters are extremely heavy, and the larger the tank, the more they weigh. They can weigh as little as 90 pounds or as much as 600 pounds. On average, most models weigh about 2.6 pounds per gallon of capacity.
And that’s the empty weight. When you consider the weight of water, these units weigh several hundred pounds or more.
Tankless water heaters are considerably lighter and easier to transport. On average, they weigh only 27 pounds, but the weight varies by size, too. Some models weigh as much as 85 pounds, while others weigh under 10 pounds.
If you’re moving your water heater, remember to disconnect the power, gas, and water supplies and empty the tank first. Always get help moving water heaters, use appliance dollies, and measure doorways and stairways before starting the move. If you need extra help or don’t feel confident, contact a plumber.
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