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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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Water Heater Installation And Repair reviews in Bessemer

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Outstanding service. Very courteous and efficient with collecting details to get me an estimate. Their estimate was much better than two other companies I checked with first. Their replacement expert
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was right on time, and called me in advance to let me know he was on his way and going to be right on time. I needed to have them come out twice...not their fault, but
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showed me that my 22-yr old platform was not the right height. He showed me on his smart phone a new stand I could get on my own (saving me some extra $$) that would be perfect for a 75-
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heater and at exactly the right height. That meant that
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needed to make a 2nd trip out to my home, but I didn't get charged extra for the 2nd trip. He was right on time again for the 2nd visit. The work was professional, efficient, and I'm extremely happy with the price I was quoted...and the fact that no extra charges got "slipped in" between the time of the original estimate and when all the work was completed. Very happy with
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- Kenny G.
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Great. Diagnosed need by email photos, installed heater as scheduled. thoroughly professional. Cleaned up completely, hauled away old heater next day. No extra charges or up selling. New heater working well.
- MICHAEL N.
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I called them because it was a leaking. They came few hours after the call and replaced it the same day. They did a great job and they were very professional. They cleaned up after replacing it and didn't left anything behind. It was a great experience. I didn't have any problems with them. The price was very reasonable.
- Gary R.
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is always dependable and knowledgeable. He can repair just about anything. He has a lot of experience and ability. we've had
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out many, many times and he always does a great job. He's done everything from replacing our water heater to doing a fairly extensive kitchen remodel and installing laminate flooring. He's great.
- Brenda B.
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It was absolutely outstanding. They gave me a very good price. He came out here when he said he would going to be here, he got the job done and it was perfect. He was out here an hour after I called him.
- Jerry O.
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They did a good job but the only issue we had was getting them back out to remove the old water heater. It just would have been nice if they had stuck to their word instead of us having to call them to get them to come back out.
- Nancy M.
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When I messaged him he told me that due to new regulations he could not sell me the water heater in the deal. He said he had contacted Angie's List to take down the offer and he continued to give me excuses. He wanted to sell me a
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product for the same price. I accused him of bait and switch. He tried to talk me into not putting a review. He told me he was disgusted with me.
- Timothy W.
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Everyone I dealt with was professional and punctual. The install was clean and looks great. The system works even better! The warranty on the product and labor were the best in the area. After the large tax rebates the cost of this is about $1500- then you will have the savings of minimal electric usage for over 10 years. Financing is available.
- Jacob W.

Water Heater Installers in Bessemer, AL

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A Flush Above

1939 Croydon circle
Birmingham

About Contractors

776 Hwy 438
Wilsonville

Ace Plumbing Service

7227 Deer Haven Road
Pinson

AGS Installations

250 Cahaba Valley Parkway N
Pelham

AJ'S Plumbing & Gas

1667 Rex Lake Road

Alagasco

Birmingham

All State Plumbing Inc.

102 Mohawk Dr
Trussville

All Trades Inc.

5885 snowville brent rd
Dora

ALLIANCE PLUMBING SOLUTIONS

146 SALISBURY LN
Birmingham

American HomeCrafter Inc.

4249 4th Ave S Apt D1
Birmingham

American Plumbing Services

1142 Alford Ave
Hoover

AppliancePartsPros.com

16501 Ventura Blvd Ste 500

armstrong and self maintenance llc

4751 red valley rd
Remlap

Around The Clock Plumbing

2560 Alton Rd
Birmingham

Aux Mechanical Inc

PO Box 910
Bessemer

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

2406 Valleydale Rd
Birmingham

Big E's Plumbing

1706 Tudor Drive
Birmingham

Birmingham Income Properties

5330 Stadium Trace Parkway Suite 100
Hoover

Blake Construction Inc

516 20th Ave. N.E.
Birmingham

Border's Plumbing

3632 Tall Timber Dr
Birmingham

Brandon's Plumbing

304 Summerchase Dr
Calera

Budget Rooter & Plumbing

1532 Valley View Circlw
Birmingham

C & G Development, Inc.

P.O. Box 424
Gardendale

Cahaba Plumbing

3990 Christopher Dr
Vestavia Hills

Completion Specialist

1552 29th court
Birmingham

Construction & Management Solutions, LLC

115 Walter Davis Dr Ste B
Birmingham

Craftsman Plumbing Inc

925 Eastern Valley Rd
Bessemer

David's Plumbing & Remodeling

903 26th Ave N
Bessemer

Deca Construction

7213 Groundhog Rd
Morris

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

DRAINBLASTER PLUMBING SERVICE

2004 Draper Way
Fultondale

Driver Refrigeration Inc

3191 Lee St
Pelham

Eagle Eye Home Inspection

228 Garrison Rd
Gardendale

EAGLE SERVICE COMPANY

2601 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham

EES Energy Consulting

5821 W. Sam Houston Parkway N #400

Funky Plumbing Inc.

308-A 2nd Place Sw
Alabaster

GRISSOM SERVICE COMPANY

4907 POWELL AVE S
Birmingham

Guin Service LLC

10 55th St S
Birmingham

H&H Controlled Comfort Systems

2616 Alta Vista Cir.
Birmingham

Henderson Plumbing & Drain

2413 Jamestown Dr.
Birmingham

Home Depot

4995 Hwy 280
Birmingham

Hoover Plumbing LLC

110-B David Green Rd
Birmingham

John Dunn Construction

1507 Morning Sun Circle
Birmingham

K Wood Plumbing

311 N Burbank Dr
Birmingham

Keith The Plumber LLC

26131 State Hwy 79
Trafford

KENNEDY PLUMBING & HEATING

1629 SHANNON RD
Bessemer

Latta Plumbing Service

333 Decatur Hwy
Gardendale

LOVELADY PLUMBING CO

3115 Old Ivy Rd
Birmingham

LOWES

5291 HIWY 280 S
Birmingham

Mcclellan Plumbing Inc

2205 Marion St
Hoover

MORGAN PLUMBING SERVICES

6843 Scooter Dr
Trussville

Norrell Service Experts

2524 Commerce Sq W
Irondale

One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating

2406 Valleydale Rd
Birmingham

Pickle Construction and Plumbing

2631 Torrance Rd
Warrior

Pike’s Plumbing & Gas

PO Box 66
Oneonta

Pipes Plus

Columbiana

PLUMB PRO

105 WOODVIEW CIR
Chelsea

Plumb Tech Inc

100 Cloverdale Dr
Alabaster

Plumbing Professionals

126 Victory Trail
Pelham

Plumbsouth Service LLC

591 County Road 453
Cullman

Positive Plumbing & Gas LLC

4340 VANDERBILT RD UNIT B

Precision Mechanical, Inc.

P.O. Box 34
Trussville

Precision Services LLC

6632 Warrior River Road
Bessemer

PRO CONSTRUCTION LLC

1104 DUNNAVANT VALLEY RD
Birmingham

Ralph Bidwell ( Handyman )

1301 Meadow Ln
Mulga

Rent A Hubby

1817 Red Oak Place

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

3865 Industrial Dr
Birmingham

Sentry Heating, Air, Plumbing & Generators

2490 Rocky Ridge Rd
Birmingham

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning

2524 Commerce Square W
Irondale

Sewell Service Co

4316 B Centerpoint Rd
Pinson

Shawn Davis Plumbing

1522 Arcade Ter
Bessemer

Southern Renovations & Construction, LLC

5235 Pinson Valley Parkway
Pinson

Standard Heating & Air Conditioning

520 8th Street South
Birmingham

STEGALL MECHANICAL LLC

2800 5th Ave South
Birmingham

STEPHENS PLUMBING INC

2070 MONEVALLO RD SW
Birmingham

SUPERIOR PLUMBING

PO Box 570
Alabaster

The Neighborhood Plumber

608 6th Ave SW
Alabaster

The Plumbing Dr LLC

PO Box 711
Pelham

Triple B Construction

755 County Road 15
Heflin

W C Wright & Son Heating and AC

3008 4th Ave S
Birmingham

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Whitfield Plumbing Co.

P O Box 209
Vandiver

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