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When should I replace my water heater?

Dear Angie: My water heater is past its expected lifetime. Should I automatically replace it or wait until it fails?

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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.

 

 

 

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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

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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.
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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
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He came out and installed the water heater. Afterwards, the inspector said he didn't do it right; he still had things to do to bring it up to code. The inspector called them. I called them and they said they would come out and fix it for free. After the guy fixed it, he tried to charge me another $685 dollars. I had to argue with him because I was told it would not cost me anything to have it finished since it wasn’t completed the first time.
- Loyce s P.
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Great job! Will definitely call you again for any plumbing, water softener, or hot water needs. Tech was
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- Lourdes W.
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did a great job. He took the time to explain my options and pricing. He also educated me on various connection methods. Friendly and great service.
- Michael H.
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On time; very punctual and friendly. Work performed fast and efficiently.
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- Kelli C.
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Excellent. Came out late on Fri., finished on Sat. and left us hot water for the night. Crew did an excellent job and made sure I was happy with the work. Also cleaned up small decribs before they left.
- Blake & Karen S.
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Asked the technician if this service included checking the Anode Rod. He said yes but didn't check it. The deal said it included checking water pressure, emergency shut off valves, garbage disposal, washer/dryer, ice-maker, and dishwasher. He didn't check or mention any of these items and when I mentioned my dishwasher wasn't working he told me they don't fix appliances. I would recommend that this business adjust their "deal" information to cover what they really will do.
There were no problems with the scheduling and/or interactions with the provider other than they apparently had a shortage of technicians (due to illness) on the initial scheduled day and were supposed to contact me between 1 & 5 pm. They did not call to tell me no one was coming until after 5:00 PM so I stayed around waiting for 4 hours. Other than that everyone was professional and pleasant to deal with.
- LYNNE D.
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After performing the service one of the water heaters started leaking. Although the plumber returned to fix the problem we had to pay for the repair.
- Sandy W.
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The guy from the company came out from the company and never did the flush, nor did he do anything else that was part of the deal. All he did was try to sell me a while new system. He kept going on about how my system wasn't a good one and all these problems. Ultimately he told me it would cost me a couple of thousand of dollars for a new system. He also told me that the flush wasn't worth doing since my water heater wasn't top of the line. I feel like this was a bait and switch operation.
- LUIS W.

Water Heater Installers in San Antonio

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1-800-PLUMBING

7224 Eckhert Rd.
San Antonio

A & A Plumbing

13138 Lookout Run
San Antonio

A Dos Amigos Plumbing

PO Box 143
Adkins

A&B Draining Cleaning & Plumbing Services

1206 Hayloft Lane
San Antonio

A-1 Tri County Plumbing

101 Ermel St.
Seguin

AAA AUGER Plumbing Services

450 Pinn Rd
San Antonio

AAHHH! The Plumber

657 Ferry Boat Lane
New Braunfels

Aaron Plumbing Co Inc

158 G St S
Kerrville

ABC Home & Commercial Services

10644 IH 35 N
San Antonio

abk plumbing

15622 Knollhollow
San Antonio

ACB Services Home Improvement

7865 Caribou Dr
Spring Branch

Admiral Plumbing Inc

5940 Zangs Dr
San Antonio

Advanced Solar & Electric LLC

105 W Loop 539
Cibolo

Ag Contract Service

11038 Geneva Sound

AJ Contracting

335 TEAKWOOD LANE
San Antonio

Alamo Handyman LLC

6735-A Low Bid Ln
San Antonio

Alamo Preferred Plumbing, Inc.

10926 Hunters Way
Helotes

Alamo Water Heaters

Gaiety
San Antonio

All Plumbing Service & Rooter

8452 Fredricksburg Rd
San Antonio

All Tech Air Conditioning & Heating LLC

3331 Edison Crst
San Antonio

All Things Water Plumbing Services

1534 Danehill Dr
San Antonio

AMERICAN PRIDE AUTORIDE

34 N GALLATIN AVE

APC Plumbing

4230 Sandstone Dr
San Antonio

AppliancePartsPros.com

16501 Ventura Blvd Ste 500

Aramendia Plumbing Heating & Air

5511 Brewster St
San Antonio

Arios Plumbing

San Antonio

Artisan Plumbing

17872 Kinney Rd
San Antonio

Asap Plumbing Service

4054 N Pan Am Expwy
San Antonio

ASAP RENOVATING SOLUTIONS

210 N. Josephine Tobin Drive
San Antonio

B. A. Construction

San Antionio

BAGS Construction

131 flora st
New Braunfels

Bees Plumbing

1457 Koehler
Marion

Ben's Plumbing Heating & Cooling LLC

PO Box 761194
San Antonio

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

701 E Plano Pkwy
Plano

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

16018 University Oak
San Antonio

Bent Services Inc.

PO Box 311106
New Braunfels

Bexar Maintenance Supply

1275 Red Bluff Rd.
Pipe Creek

Beyer Boys A/C, Heating & Plumbing

4711 Broom St
San Antonio

Big City Plumbing Co

P.O. Box 700411
San Antonio

Blackbelt Company

3218 Fairmeadows
San Antonio

Blackmon Mooring

4808 Perrin Creek
San Antonio

BLANCO A/C, ELECTRICAL & PLUMBING

2226 N US HIGHWAY 281
Blanco

BLUE SKY PROPANE

18382 FM 306
Canyon Lake

Boerne Plumbing

Bandera Rd.
Boerne

Bothne's Plumbing

414 E Aviation Blvd

Bracken Plumbing

17333 Bell N Dr
Schertz

BRYCO Plumbing Company Inc

14117 Toepperwein Rd
San Antonio

Buck'S Plumbing

9310 Broadway St Ste 203
San Antonio

Butler Commercial Services

460 Caney Creek Rd
New Braunfels

By Referral Only

7623 Heathridge
San Antonio

C.A.P.P.S. PLUMBING

SAN ANTONIO
San Antonio

Caldwell County Construction

802 S Church St
Lockhart

Casa Mechanical Services

2401 E Old Settlers Blvd
Round Rock

CHAMBLISS PLUMBING CO

1875 E Borgfeld
San Antonio

Champion Plumbing & Air

3450 Dove Park Ln
San Antonio

Charlie D's Painting & Remodeling

222 County Rd 99
Alvin

Christianson Air Conditioning & Plumbling LLC

8154 Bracken Creek
San Antonio

Circle Plumbing

1219 Flanders
San Antonio

CKM Concepts

1654 Skyline Dr
Canyon Lake

Clark G H & Son Plumbing & Heating Inc

4118 Mcinnis Rd
San Antonio

Climate Doctors

9 Highland Pl
Richardson

Comfort Air Engineering Inc

11403 Jones Mallsberger
San Antonio

Cooks Plumbing Service LLC

1476 Katy St
New Braunfels

COUNTYLINE PLUMBING LLC

837 ANGELS HILL RD
Spring Branch

Cowboy Plumbing Services

185 Sweet Clover Dr
Spring Branch

Craftsman Plumbing

1229 W Blanco Rd
San Antonio

Crawford Contracting

503 Queen Anne
George West

Cruz Enterprises, Inc.

13907 Edge Point Dr.
San Antonio

Culpepper Plumbing

PO Box 312602
New Braunfels

Dan's Affordable Plumbing Co

PO Box 190021
San Antonio

Delmer Construction & Remodeling

2611 Eisenhauer Rd #507

Denny Plumbing

421 English Oak Cir
Boerne

DIAMOND PLUMBING

4249 Industrial Ctr
San Antonio

DIVERSIFIED REMODELING & REPAIR

2358 ESTATE GATE DR
San Antonio

Dunn Rite Plumbing

San Antonio

E L SMITH PLUMBING & HEATING

2013 WEST AVE
San Antonio

E T'S PLUMBING

11510 SPRING RAIN
San Antonio

ECO Plumbing

410 Nopal St
San Antonio

EcoSmart

400 Captain Neville Dr

Elite Handyman Serv

110 Valet
San Antonio

Express Plumbing LLC

7553 Reindeer trail
San Antonio

Extreme Plumbing & Drain Service

27902 Bonn Mountain
San Antonio

EZ Air Conditioning And Heating

7755 Eckhert Road
San Antonio

First Call Restoration

11826 Radium
San Antonio

Five Star Plumbing

10730 Potranco Rd
San Antonio

Fox Service Company

4300 S Congress Ave
Austin

Fresh Air Systems

17402 oconnor # 106
San Antonio

Galvez Works

12010 Warfield Dr
San Antonio

George Plumbing Co Inc

12 Burwood Ln
San Antonio

Gerald's Appliance and Plumbing

46 old 9 highway
Comfort

Gideon Enterprises

1119 Button Bush St
San Antonio

Gordon the Plumber

1468 Johnson Rd
Canyon Lake

Greenleaf Heating & AC

4527 Briarwick St
San Antonio

GUADALUPE LUMBER CO

1547 S ZARZAMORA ST
San Antonio

Guarantee Plumbing & AC, Inc.

4601 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio

H2O Pros

18866 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio

Handy Services

1818 Creek Knoll
San Antonio

Handyman of Homes

San Antonio

Harmonson Plumbing Co

5923 Akin Place
San Antonio

Harper Plumbing

P.O. Box 106
San Marcos

Hill Country Imrovement's

263 East Garden St.
New Braunfels

Holloway Plumbing

1810 Junction Hwy
Kerrville

HOME DEPOT

1066 CENTRAL PKWY
San Antonio

HOME DEPOT

12871 I-H 10 W
San Antonio

HOME DEPOT

611 SW LOOP 410
San Antonio

HOME DEPOT

435 W SUNSET RD
San Antonio

HOT COUNTRY AIR

3223 tampico st
San Antonio

Hott Shott Plumbing Service

9465 Amber Dawn
Helotes

Igwt Plumbing Co

146 Sage Dr.
Universal City

Immediate Response Plumbing Inc

13106 Lookout Rdg
San Antonio

Jeff's Plumbing And Repair

5907 Bennington
San Antonio

Jerry's Pipe Check Plumbing

203 Sims ave
San Antonio

Jesse-James Contracting & Remodeling

3822 Deerfield Dr
San Antonio

JH Plumbing

106 Rusty Ln
Boerne

JL Hearn Plumbing

110 Millridge Rd
Universal City

JM SERVICES

PO BOX 33594
San Antonio

Jon Wayne Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd

9272 US Hwy 87 E
San Antonio

Jones Construction

4618 Dietrich Rd Apt 111
San Antonio

JR'S PLUMBING

1039 FRESNO
San Antonio

JVJ Company

2611 Cloudy Mdw
San Antonio

K C PLUMBING

1111 FOREST TRL
New Braunfels

K-Air Hvac

5413 Bandera Rd #403
San Antonio

KAN remodels

360 wind crest

KEUPER CONSTRUCTION

217 SAGECREST DR
San Antonio

Killenair

PO Box 767
Spring Branch

KUSTOM CONSTRUCTION

2539 Rim Oak
San Antonio

L.A.B. Contracting

2615 Rawhide Ln
San Antonio

Last Call Plumbing Inc

8719 Business Cir #1
Converse

LEAGO PLUMBING

11115 LINK
San Antonio

LENTZ PLUMBING

703 SONNET DR
San Antonio

Leon Builder

3535 Fallen Leaf
San Antonio

Liles Plumbing

5115 Old Seguin Road
San Antonio

Lone Star State Construction Inc

10740 Hillpoint Dr
San Antonio

Lowe's

1455 S Interstate 35
New Braunfels

LOWES

11333 BANDERA RD
San Antonio

LOWES

2211 IH 35 S
San Marcos

Lujan Plumbing

6731 spring hollow
San Antonio

M E Plumbing

925 S. Austin St
Seguin

M L GARCIA ROOFING & REMODELING

272 MOHAWK ST
San Antonio

M R PLUMBING

PO BOX 158
La Vernia

Martin G Plumbing

4111 County Rd 382
San Antonio

Mastercrafts

781 Knoll Creek Dr
San Antonio

MB Plumbing Inc

159 Sabyan Dr
San Antonio

McCleary Plumbing

28130 George OBrien
San Antonio

MIMS PLUMBING

PO BOX 402
Bulverde

Mr Plumber Plumbing Co

7966 Mainland Dr
San Antonio

Mr Rooter Plumbing of San Antonio

10927 Wye St
San Antonio

MyPlumb-Sure

225 Primrose Way

Parker & Sons Plumbing & AC

6335 Camp Bullis Rd
San Antonio

Picture Perfect Remodelers

2810 Warbler Pass
San Antonio

PR center

6821 Bandera Rd
San Antonio

PRECISION PLUMBING CO.

6803 REVE DR.
San Antonio

Primo Plumbing Inc

11403 Jones Maltsberger
San Antonio

Pro Construction & Rehab Consulting, LLC.

802 Winding River Lane
Spring Branch

Pronto Rooter Inc

6645 Poss Rd
San Antonio

Quarter Moon Plumbing, AC & Heating

18838 FM 2252
San Antonio

Quest Plumbing

4738 Shavano Oak
San Antonio

R & R SERVICES Inc

122 E BYRD BLVD # 102
Universal City

R R R Pump Sales & Service Inc

1405 Blue Water Dr
Canyon Lake

R- S Electrical

4631 Green Acres Woods St
San Antonio

React Fast Plumbing

PO Box 171053
San Antonio

Remodeling & Construction San Antonio

12422 la albada
San Antonio

RICHARDS HANDYMAN SERVICE

323 STUTZ DR.
San Antonio

Rios and Sons Plumbing

Po Box 762181
San Antonio

Riteway Service Company

9010 Broadway St
San Antonio

Rittimann Plumbing Inc

111 Shooting Club Rd
Boerne

Roberts Plumbing Service

115 Compton Ave
San Antonio

ROLAND'S PLUMBING SERVICE

330 W BROADVIEW DR
San Antonio

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

3603 Metro Pkwy
San Antonio

RR PLUMBING SERVICES, INC.

10702 Buckskin Way

Russell Pajestka Company

PO Box 325
Holland

RUTKOWSKI PLUMBING

19330 Frank Madla Rd
Helotes

S & R Plumbing

San Antonio

S & S Contracting

2917 Barton Hill
Bulverde

S&S Plumbing Contractors

8707 Business Circle
Converse

S.A.'s Best Plumbing Co.

1221 Triplett
San Antonio

SA Mechanical

23402 Canyon Bridge
San Antonio

SANDOVAL SERVICE A/C-HEAT AND REFRIGERATION

11115 Burr Oak Dr
San Antonio

Sbetter Construction

7131 Whittney Ridge
San Antonio

Seguin Appliance Repair

1062 H St
San Antonio

Setcon

12706 Uhr Ln
San Antonio

Shafer Services

315 Burnet St
San Antonio

Silver Star Plumbing

2305 Fm 1518
Schertz

Simply Water Heaters

IH 10 West
San Antonio

Sonny's Plumbing

PO Box 739
Castroville

SPECIA PLUMBING & ELECTRIC INC

5917 SAN PEDRO AVE
San Antonio

Steve's Plumbing

7344 Caribou St
San Antonio

Sunny's Plumbings

9107 Tourney St
San Antonio

T n T Remodeling & Construction, LLC

700 Millcreek Ln
Leander

TDT Plumbing

4918 Pinemont Dr
Houston

TECHSUN SOLAR INC

18292 SAN MARCOS HWY
Martindale

Texas Home and Lawn

8239 Creekline
San Antonio

Texas Plumbing Diagnostics

24123 Boerne Stage Rd
San Antonio

TEXAS SPLASH INC

28580 IH 10 W
Boerne

Texas Water Solutions, Inc.

4630 Highway 290 West
Dripping Springs

THE HOME DEPOT

5101 CAMBRAY DR
San Antonio

The Home Depot - Culebra

5638 W Loop 1604 N
San Antonio

The Mendez Group

PO Box 700188

The Toolman

6610 Honey Hill
San Antonio

Timber Construction LLC

191 Cardinal Dr
New Braunfels

Todd's Home Services

11148 Elk Park
San Antonio

TOPP'S PLUMBING CO LLC

10247 Southcreek
Converse

Tuttle Plumbing & Air Conditioning

808 W Byrd
Universal City

Universal Home Improvements

1607 Terrell Bend
San Antonio

Vera Plumbing of San Antonio LLC

4208 Culebra Rd
San Antonio

VOGES PLUMBING CO

903 LANDA ST
New Braunfels

WALT MILLER CONSTRUCTION

9215 CAMBORNE
San Antonio

Ware Roofing & Construction

6435 Marcum
San Antonio

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Will Fix It San Antonio

1920 Grandstand
San Antonio

Will's Plumbing & Testing Service

318 E Nakoma
San Antonio

Y's Guys Handyman Service

PO Box 1448
Helotes

ZEUS PLUMBING, INC.

24123 Boerne Stage Rd
San Antonio

ZN Plumbing

205 W Byrd Blvd
Universal City

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