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-Ron M.

"The water softener salesman was very friendly and informative. He answered all my questions and recommended a product based on my personal usage. The plumber who" installed the water heater and water softener was very nice. The only negative thing was that the estimate given by the salesman was quite a bit lower than the actual cost.

-Nick H.

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When Should I Replace My Water Heater?

Angie Hicks responds to a homeowner who says her water heater is past its expected lifetime.

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You have to put your self in the shoes of a business that is in business to turn a profit of some sort. All businesses have different overhead which in turn decides what their bottom line would be on their services. I personally would not go with an unlicensed professional for this type of install. You are messing with gas, venting issues, electrical wiring{electric water heater} and updated code issues such as a drain pan and tempature and relief drain lines for heaters that currently do not have them. I do agree that there are some companies that are way out of line for their installs but most of these companies are the really big companies that have very high overheads  I would assume. Tank type water heaters have changed over the last several years and with these safety changes come bigger prices. The price of steel thanks to China is skyrocketing and tank type water heaters are made of steel. Most wholesale plumbing supply companies cannot match what the big box stores are selling at retail to consumers. I happen to think from research that heaters such as Rheem, Bradford White and AOSmith who have been in business forever make a better product than what you can buy in the big box outlets. You also have to take in consideration the location of the water heater that is being replaced. Is it in the house, basement, garage or attic. Most 40 and 50 gallon water heaters that are purchased in a plumbing wholesale store in Texas cost between 300-340 for a 6 year warranty heater with 6 year on parts and tank. Speaking of warranty. Most big box companies will take a least 24 hours to a week to get your warranty problem taken care of. Most reputable plumbing companies will give same day service if they installed the heater.

So lets break down a typical install at cost to a licensed plumber in Texas

Heater: $315, water shut off $6.50, water flex lines or unions to code $20, gas flex line and cut off to code $12, misc fittings $15, Total $368.50 Lets add a 35% profit which is some what low  for a business $129, Total 497.50

This doesnt  include permits, pan and drain or any venting issues. The vent must go from the heater to the outside of roof using double wall vent.

Cost of permit on average $60

Most plumbing companies allow for 3 hours of time for a water heater. This includes picking the new one up. Delivering out to house. Draining and removing old water heater. Hauling off old heater. Installing new heater up to code. Going down to city and pulling permit.

Average Labor charges for heater installs $400

That would make this install run without extras on any code issues $957.50

I just had a 50 gallon gas water heater installed in my house for $1200 but I needed a pan installed. I used a licensed plumber.





I've seen and heard mixed reviews.  They aren't really popular here due to our super hard water which clogs and rots everything it sits in.  A company I used to work for tried electric units about 10 years ago in several homes but had to replace many of them within a few years because the build-up from the hard water hindered their productivity to little more than enough supply to run a sink.  I've heard better success with gas units since there are no electric elements to burn out and gas can get hotter, faster to get through the deposits on the tubing walls inside the unit.


Standard electric water heater usually take a 30 amp circuit so they are often wired with 10 guage wire.  Electric on-demand units large enough to service an entire house usually take 50 amps (or more) from what I've researched in the past.  That means they need a 50 amp breaker and will be wired with 6 guage wire.  By the time you factor in the initial cost of buying the much more expensive on-demand unit and rewiring for it I'm not sure you'll save money in the long run. 


A better and cheaper option would be to put a timer on your standard water heater so it only kicks on during typical demand times.  They have override switches so you can turn it to cycle normally when you are off of work or need it during the day/night if not during the preset times.  A cheaper point of use water heater at the kitchen sink will ensure you have hot water there even when the main heater is off.  This is usually the point that requires hot water the most frequently.  Remember that your water heater will hold hot water for over an hour once it has cycled off.  Take advantage of that.


Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX


Depends a lot on your configuration - he may have been including direct outside venting because your existing heater/furnace duct was not large enough to handle the added load, and may have figured running larger piping to the jetted tub and maybe upsizing the valve and flex tubing at the gas line. This all assumes you have adequate access and installation space for the larger tank - they tend to be fatter rather than much taller.

I would talk to several plumbers - if you get quotes from 3 or more, it should become obvious right off if one is high-balling you. Of course, do not tell the others what the other's bids were.

The water heater itself will cost about $1000-2000 for that size - about double a 50 gallon, which usually costs about $800-1500 installed (replacing an existing plumbed-in one). The larger heater may take a bit of beefing up of the support platform for the added weight, but assuming you have adequate headroom, installation cost using existing ductwork and piping would not be any more than for a 50 gallon, so say $2000-3500 range installed. The $4500-6000 definitely sounds high if it assumed using existing hookups.

There could be. Different municipalities have different rules (codes). However, I have never heard of a plumber being the code enforcement guy. I have never heard of a plumber being able to collect a fine from a homeowner. It may cost you $150 to bring it up to code, but that should be included in the repair cost. You would need to check with your city (usually Department of Code Enforcement or Plumbing Commission). If he put it in writing, you need to send them a copy.
Make sure they get a permit if required. Ask if they will haul away the old. Type of new heater installed and tank warrantee. What kind of parts will the price include, you should have an expansion tank installed and make sure they counter balance the pressure to match the static pressure in the home. Should also include new dielectic unions, do not reuse the old ones. See what the rate for extras is in case they need to do additional work. Check references if possible.

Tim Littrell
Littrell Plumbing and Bath Designs

Water Heater Repair And Installation reviews in Grand Rapids


I really liked how willing they were to answer questions. They worked directly with us to meet our needs. My husband hadn't planned on replacing the furnace. Ours was condemned with the fall inspection. We were actually using another furnace company for the inspection. We invited seven companies for quotes. Most were pulled off of Angie's List. We didn't go with the ones we pulled off the List. The man who came in was an installer, not a sales guy. I liked that he was going to be installing it. He answered every single question. I was very impressed. His quote came in within $200 or $300 of most of the other quotes for the furnace. He talked to us about doing the air conditioner at the same time because it was showing signs of wear. It was a very low-pressure situation. His quote was a thing of beauty. He labeled every single thing to the last dollar and gave us options. It was so spelled out that I didn't feel like there were going to be any surprises. This man had a national certification and knew his stuff. He spent three hours with us the first night. I would highly recommend him.
- Jaime M.

One of the owners came to the house to evaluate the situation. He spent a good amount of time looking things over, answering questions, educating me (I'm dim in this area) and giving me several options depending on the level of efficiency I wanted and what I could afford. I had my boyfriend present for his perspective since he is more saavy with these matters. He was impressed and endorsed working with them. Once I reviewed the quote and made my selections, we made an appointment a few days in the future to do the work. They accepted half of the entire cost in advance and allowed me to pay the balance over the next four months without interest after the work was done. Because of the extensive amount of work, they spent the entire day at my house and cleaned up after they were finished. All has worked well since then and I have no complaints. I would recommend them to anyone and will certainly be employing their services again in the future.
- Anna G.

They did good work on everything but the sink they installed in my bathroom as it is is not very secure. We haven't had any problems with any of the plumbing. They did give us an estimate on the cost and charged us what they had estimated.
- Jason H.

They are extremely reliable, very professional and get the job done right every time they come out. I love the prices and the fact that they
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t mind explaining what they do when they fix something.

Overall excellent! Questions answered clearly. Choices offered for my type of installation were submitted with pros and cons. Technician was knowledgable and patient. Returned the same day when I had a question about fan sound on the power vent required for this installation. Improved on the previous installation for better protection from leaks. Finished in a timely manner. Wore foot protection to not dirty the carpets.

They were friendly people and the work they did was fast and very good. I think the workers were respectful and reliable, and I would definitely use them again.

I was extremely happy with them. They were instantly available. And had wonderful prices. They also called us to do a follow-up service. I will call them next time I need this type of work done.

It took them one day to complete the job. They made sure that my hot water heater was installed properly. They did a neat job. They were very affordable. They do quality work.

Water Heater Installers in Grand Rapids

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A thru Z Plumbing LLC

3044 Cottage Ct
Cedar Springs

A+ Plumbing & Mechanical

2671 116th Avenue

A-Cook's Plumbing Heating & Cooling

4000 Alpine Ave. NW
Comstock Park





All-Pro Plumbing & Heating

292 Main St

Alpine Plumbing

4990 Biddeford Dr NW
Comstock Park

Amp Electric

4910 S Hilton Park Rd


16501 Ventura Blvd Ste 500

Beckett Home Improvement

1348 Front Ave NW
Grand Rapids

Bell Well Drilling

585 Fonger St NE

Bender Maintenance and Home Improvement

2525 East Paris Ave SE
Grand Rapids

BHL Homes

3851 Model Ct SE
Grand Rapids


Grand Rapids


4160 40th Ave.

Butts Home Repair

4896 Sequoia Dr. SE
Grand Rapids

Carmichael Heating & Air Conditioning

2711 Whitehall Rd


4265 Lincoln Rd.

Compass Remodeling

724 32nd St SE


116 E ANN ST

Custom Upgrades, LLC.

747 44th St SW

Cutting Edge Mechanical

8373 Tyler

DaSu Distributors

150 McGee Drive

Deweerd & Van Dyke Inc

3790 Chicago Dr

Diversified Home Services LLC.

756 Rusty Dr.S.E.
Grand Rapids


120 Old M 21 Ste 1

Fredrickson Mechanical LLC

129 Glen Eagle Drive NE

French Heating & Cooling

12903 Sikkema Dr
Grand Haven

Frontier Heating & Cooling LLC

210 E Main St

Fusco Weatherization Services, LLC

515 W Kalamazoo St.

G R Metro Plumbing LLC

1918 Rogue River Rd NE

Genzink Plumbing Inc

2085 112th Ave

Gibson Water Systems

274 Silver Ridge Dr

Godwin Plumbing Inc.

3703 S Division Ave.
Grand Rapids

Haisma Heating & Cooling Inc

5514 Alpine Ave NW
Comstock Park

Handyman Scott

P.O. Box 307

Herrema & Sons Plumbing

2691 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids

Hoffman Plumbing

o-13427 Kenowa

Holmes Home Improvement

533 Lane Ave NW
Grand Rapids




6757 Cascade Rd.
Grand Rapids

Jacobson Heating & Cooling

3303 Eastern SE
Grand Rapids



Karasiewicz Construction, Inc.

9280 Wolven Ave NE


3411 32ND ST SE
Grand Rapids

Knight Heating & Cooling

11839 S Locust Ave
Sand Lake

Kroll Furnace Co Inc

5820 Balsam Dr


3330 28TH ST SE
Grand Rapids

Maynard's Water Conditioning LLC

9980 Cherry Valley Ave SE

McDonald Plumbing

7791 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids

Meticulous Builders

2430 Bayne Rd
Twin Lake

Michigan Building & Mechanical Inc

3360 84th St SW
Byron Center

Mid State Plumbing & Contracting LLC

5081 Cherry Valley Rd

Mr Plumber LLC

1508 Philadelphia SE
Grand Rapids

Mr. Rooter of Muskegon County

4050 Fruitvale Rd

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of GR

900 Pannell Ave NW
Grand Rapids


PO Box 557

Peter Somerdyke Plumbing

3555 32nd St
Grand Rapids

Petersen Plumbing & Heating Inc

1610 Coit Ave NE
Grand Rapids

Phillips Services

184 S. Union

Platinum Choice Heating & Cooling

9000 20 Mile Rd N E
Sand Lake


Comstock Park

Premier Mechanical Service LLC

5995 Bristol Ave. NW
Comstock Park


4065 Remembrance Rd
Grand Rapids

Pylman’s Custom Heating & Cooling

44 Brownell St SE
Grand Rapids

R&R Mechanical Services LLC

1721 Buchanan Ave SW
Grand Rapids

Redmon Heating & Cooling

3736 28th St SW

Rite Temp Heating and Cooling

2975 Chicago Drive

Rivertown Heating & Cooling LLC

2382 Cory Ct

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

4393 Clay Avenue SW

Schaafsma Heating & Cooling

25 N Park St NW
Grand Rapids

Seaman's Mechanical

2510 Oak Industrial Dr NE
Grand Rapids

Set Apart Construction

9844 Byron Center Ave SW
Byron Center

Sheely Plumbing Inc.

8151 McCords Ave SE

Sikma Construction Services LLC

2300 Lake Michigan Dr NW
Grand Rapids

Sumner Plumbing

2941 meade rd



TaylorMade Handyman Service

4432 16 Mile Rd. NE
Cedar Springs

Tekton Residential

665 Rudy St NE
Grand Rapids

The Deck Dude LLC

330 diamond ave se
Grand Rapids

The Service Professor Inc

4770 50th Street SE
Grand Rapids

Turner Cooling & Heating

1960 Lillypad SW
Byron Center

Vander Hyde

1058 Scribner Ave NW
Grand Rapids

Vent and Cover

306-7337 137 st

Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling Inc

3047 Sangra Ave SW


12637 S 265 W Suite 100

West Michigan Mechanical and Air Duct

2514 Port Sheldon Rd #2

Whitney Electric & Plumbing

3120 Kenyon Ln

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