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"We got the reference from Angie’s List. I did not actually talk to them and I was not actually here when they did the install, but my wife was. She thought" that they were very professional and clean on what they did. When I spoke with them on the phone, I felt like they were really good and they did a great job with the installation. The cost was higher than what I wanted to spend, but everywhere I looked, the heaters were higher than what I wanted to spend. We would consider using them again in the future. In fact, I referred my family member to them.

-David O.

"I initially scheduled a tune up, knowing the my 21 year old furnace was in its golden years. We were told it had five cracks in the heat exchange and needed to be" replaced. This didn't surprise me, but I was surprised at how knowledgeable the service technician was on new furnaces and A/Cs. He was able to help me decide which model to get, as well as close estimate on the price including installation. He was also able to walk me through pros and cons on the options routing the vents. The installation went smoothly. It was on time and on budget, and the installers were very friendly. They also suggested that I didn't need a whole house humidifier, but if I ever decided that I did want one in the future, they would change me the same price, without an extra service charge for the additional visit.

-Michael C.

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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 Madison


The estimator showed up promptly and was very nice and professional. Bid was returned same day as the estimate which was impressive. Pricing was in line with the other bids I received. Work was scheduled for just two days after. Unfortunately they messed up and failed to show up on the scheduled day. A quick call and they responded quickly. They were ...More professional and apologetic and quickly rescheduled for the following day. Workers showed up on time, work was completed as expected and turned out well.
- Carlos C.

The two man crew, and , were the best home improvement people I've dealt with in many years. Very efficient and
very tidy. High quality work. Always willing to listen to my questions on this or that. Estimator was also very helpful in working out the plan, which required ...More some thought.
- Joseph B.

is a good partner to have. I called and they installed a new frost-free exterior faucet, kitchen faucet, bathroom sink bowl (sealant & grout applied appropriately), bathroom sink faucet, and wax toilet ring. adjusted the hot water tank and also gave me sound advice about the ...More needs of a new dishwasher and clothes washer. I was looking for professionalism, price, and quality and certainly got that. All went according to plan and I'll be calling them again when I'm ready in 2015 for "Part 2".
- Victoria M.

As expressed in a previous post, the cost is based on a home warranty that we have for our new home. was very prompt and prepared for figuring out why our water heater was not igniting. He took the time to check the currents and wiring first and then turned the heater of. He disconnected a hose that was connecting the vent ...More motor to the piece that tells the water heater to turn on the gas an light the flame. He blew into the tube to get out any condensation and connected the hose back in both locations and the flame ignited right away.
The information he gave me was also very helpful such as which pieces on a water heater are likely to go first as well as how long a water heater can last a homeowner. Another thing that I learned was that if it was to happen again where the vent fan is continuously running is to shut the water heater and fan off otherwise the vent motor could burn itself out and we would have had to replace the entire water heating unit. Great information for saving me a thousand or more dollars.
I will be calling again if any other plumbing issues arise.
- Paul G.

I'm an engineer & very handy person, & I like to do as much of my own work as possible, to be sure its done to my satisfaction. But I don't have the muscle, motivation & time to do every job myself. Over the past 22 yrs, I've called on for my 2-flat (where I live & rent out 1 apt) & at a community ...More theatre where I do volunteer maintenance and other tasks. employees have always been intelligent, friendly & professional. The work has been correct & aesthetically pleasing, & well cleaned up afterwards. Properly installed plumbing is very important, since leaking pipes, etc., can do a lot of damage & be a real headache. You can probably find less expensive plumbers, but has always done my jobs right & at a fair price.
- Gretchen W.

No hot water this morning, again for 3rd time in several days. Turned on switch to restart water heater, and called at 8:30 AM. Service Manager worked to fit visit into our schedule for the day.
arrived at just the time they said he would. He easily diagnosed the problem and then proceeded to ...More explain why it had been shutting off and what we needed. Said he had what he needed to do the job, and as he was installing he noticed that the new valve was not working either. He called into 's office and they sent someone to our house with the new valve for to install.
He was very efficient, and certainly very friendly. We appreciated his assistance, and were amazed that he did not charge us for time it took him to get the new valve delivered and install it.
We have used for many years. Very satisfied with everything.
- Lynn J.

The plumbers did show up on time. There was an issue in shutting my water off as the handle broke off in their hand when they tried to turn it off. I don't dispute that this can happen. did show me his work when finished and explained how to shut off the water with the new valves that he installed. I noticed that the ...More floor was wet and there were dirty foot prints but decided I could clean it up when they left. Within 10 minutes of them leaving I noticed that there was a leak. i called and he said he was on the west side of and would get back when he finished his next job. I explained that I needed to be to work in less than 2 hours and he said he would be back by then. He was not back by then and when I called him again he suggested I just leave my door unlocked for him. I had no choice. He called me later to tell me that the leak was repaired. When I returned home from work I found that it was still leaking. I called twice in the morning and finally called back and said he was sending a plumber over to make the repairs. The repairs were made and so far no leaks (2 days). I told in our initial phone call that I wanted an energy efficient water heater and asked him what kind he installed as MG&E was offering $50.00 rebates on many brands and I could just give him a model number. He explained to me that he only installed energy efficient heaters and it cost the last person $85 more to get the $50 rebate. Foolishly I believed him. I now have a water heater with an annual energy rating of costing $102 more per year than the 20 year old unit he replaced. Shame on me for that one. Overall, I am very disappointed with this company and would never use them again.
- Kari B.

We played phone tag for quite a few days. He came to the house, looked at the situation, we talked about possible models and siting for awhile. He said he's send me a proposal. He never sent it. I went with someone else.
- Linda W.

Water Heater Installers in Madison

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4 Lakes Plumbing Inc

4617 Dovetail Dr

A+ Plumbing

11014 Blackhawk Dr
Blue Mounds

A-A Exteriors

N2575 Orchard Way

Action Plumbing Heating ,and Electric

899 S Bird St
Sun Prairie

Advance Plumbing Systems LLC

2754 North Nine Mound rd

Advanced Home Services

837 Royster Ave

Al Beyers Indoor Comfort Systems

209 W North St

All Clear Plumbing LLC

112 E Kohler St
Sun Prairie

All Comfort Services Inc

5245 Voges Rd


16501 Ventura Blvd Ste 500

Aqua Plumbing

Sun Prairie

Arlington Hardware Co Inc

303 S Main St

Avid Plumbing LLC

2330 Vondron Rd



Badger Water LLC

1001 N Page St

Benjamin Plumbing Inc

5396 King James Way

BigTen Plumbing LLC

979 New Hampton Dr.



CaPaul Plumbing, LLC

624 W Mohawk Trail
De Forest

Cardinal Heating & A/C Inc

3361 Brooks dr.
Sun Prairie

Chris Elke Plumbing

4705 Lafayette Dr

Cooper Plumbing LLC

161 Horizon Dr

Culligan Total Water

5002 World Dairy Dr

Dallman Plumbing LLC

PO Box 5453

DaSu Distributors

150 McGee Drive



Derek Frank Plumbing, LLC

1008 Fish Hatchery Rd



Electric Medic - A division of Gaffney Electric

1897 Broadway Rd
Wisconsin Dells

Fitchburg Plumbing

5241 Dommers Dr

Footville Heating & Cooling Inc

421 Highway 11 W

Forest Plumbing LLC

6645 Glenview Rd
De Forest

Four Season Heating & Cooling Inc

215 W Netherwood St

Hammer Builders LLC

9830 Dunlap Hollow Rd

Harker Heating & Cooling

87 W Beltline Hwy

High Tech Heating & AC Inc

2395 Highway BB
Cottage Grove

Hometown Plumbing LLC

3610 Lexington Ave

Howe Brothers Plumbing LLC

1215 Williamson St

J O Plumbing Incorporated

P. O. Box 646
De Forest

K & N Services

9920 W St Rd 213

Landmark Heating & Cooling

1401 Landmark Dr
Cottage Grove

Landmark Services Cooperative

1401 Landmark Dr
Cottage Grove

laurie electric and contracting

6143 dell dr.





Mefford Plumbing LLC

5850 Knickmeier Rd

Oasen Plumbing

3862 Johns St


Sun Prairie


Sun Prairie

Pete's Plumbing Service LLC

3734 Richard St

Plumbing Concepts LLC

315 6th ave.

Plumbing Pros

917 Walsh Road STE 106

Plumbing Pros

917 Walsh Road

Plumbing Specialist

676 Sugar Ave

Prairie Pumbing & Heating Inc

402 John Quincy Adams St
Sauk City


De Forest

Project Home

1966 S Stoughton Rd

Property Image LLC

967 Jonathon Dr

Renovate This Place, LLC

17 Arial Cir



Robin Hood Plumbing, LLC

10 Iris Bloom Cir



S & S Plumbing LLC

N7333 Rock Lake Road
Lake Mills

Sauk Plains Plumbing & Pump Inc

1620 N. Park St
Cross Plains

Schulz Plumbing

4684 Toepfer Rd

Shackelford Heating & Cooling

2117 S Stoughton Rd

Sheldon Plumbing Inc

221 Industrial Dr

Smart Energy Solutions

302 Court of Elm

Solar Pro WI LLC

1213 Melby Drive

Stahl Plumbing Service LLC

PO Box 620425


7750 US HWY. 14

Swinehart Plumbing

375 N. Burr Oak


PO BOX 3091

Triggs Plumbing

1723 Beld St

Vent and Cover

306-7337 137 st


12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Warren Heating & Air Conditioning

1741 Commercial Ave

Water Doctors

901 N Grandview Blvd

We Aim To Please

4023 E Tower Rd
Mc Farland

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