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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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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.

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4107 Arcadia Road

4FastPlumber LLC

14381 Pine Ln

A & J Home Remodeling

3212 South 13th Rd

A H Jordan Plumbing & Mechanic LLC

1818 New York Ave NE Ste 113
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A-1 Heating And Air Conditioning

5641-J General Washington Dr

AAA HVAC Services

1043 Sterling Rd.

AAJA Plumbing Repairs

3211 Annandale Rd

Abe’s Plumbing in VA

7237 Calvert St

ABN Plumbing

300 Center Height

Absolute HVAC

5588 Shadybrook Dr.

Accel Heating And Cooling LLC

16021 Industrial Dr Ste 7

Accurbore Inc

11567 Lake Shore Dr

AERO ENVIRONMENTAL SVCS

8376 Sweet Cherry Lane

AHR SERVICES INC

6226 Berlee DR

Air Benders

23571 Pebble Run Pl

Air Express Appliances

7646 Fullerton Rd

Air Flow Systems

1134 Rose Hill Dr

Air Master 07, LLC

3152 Annandale Rd

AIR MASTERS

PO Box 2084

Air Novations LLC

14420 Dowden Downs Dr

Air One Tech LLC

200 Lawyers Rd

Air Plus Air Conditioning And Heating

7200C Telegraph Square Dr

Air Purifying Systems

3804 Roxbury Ct.

Air Pyramid Service

14800 Pratt St

Air quality hvac llc

25723 Lennox Hale Dr

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25723 lennox hale dr

Air Tech of Houston LLC

2114 Lou Ellen Ln

Air Treatment Co

518 Mill St NE

Air-Right Energy Design Inc

12167 Livingston Rd

Airflow Service Co

8832 Rixlew Ln

Aisner Management

11727 N Shore Dr

AJ Ross Service

5406 Riverdale Rd

All Plumbing Inc

921 N Jackson St.

All Pro Services Inc

1215 Ritchie Rd

All Season Aire

4480 Printers Ct

ALL SEASONS & A/C INC

344 MAPLE AVE W

AllTech Services

1323 Shepard Dr

ALPHA PLUMBING & DRAIN SERVICE

18004 Meadowsweet Ct.

Amercians Choice Services

11213 Smithfield Rd

American air inc

4209 aldie rd

American Decorating Center

40 Pidgeon Hill Dr

AMERICAN HOME SERVICES

34 Shining Willow Way

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

American Masters Plumbing Co LLC

1624 28th St SE
Washington

Ant Builders - Shy Nair

801 VARNUM ST NW
Washington

Any & Everything Plumbing

1148 Kellogg Mill Road

Any Brand Appliances

3440 Rock Spring Ave

Anytime Handyman Services

14356 Northbrook Ln.

Apple Plumbing

3370 N Hayden Rd

Appleton Campbell

100 E Franklin St

Appliance Mecca

7407 Colchester dr

AppliancePartsPros.com

16501 Ventura Blvd Ste 500

Arco Painting & Remodeling LLC

14405 Innsbruck Court

Aspen Air & Heat

12802 Kingswell Dr

Aspen Hill Plumbing LLC

2238 Distribution Cir

Atlas Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc

1220 Easy Street Ste: 100

Bair Necessities

763 Rte 3 N

Barr Plumbing LLC

89 Ruffed Grouse Ln

BAUMBACH PLUMBERS

11612 FAIRFAX STATION RD

Bayshore Plumbers

3158 Rolison Rd

BEALL INC

14844 Cranoke St

BECK'S PLUMBING INC

784 W WATERSVILLE RD

Bell Pump and Well

6100 Little Ox Rd

C & G Plumbing & Htg Co

4506 Sumerduck Rd

C.B.S. Enterprises LLC

904 Princess Anne St

C.R. Contracting LLC

9107 Paloma Ln

CALABRESE PLUMBING

3162 PLANTATION PKWY

Cameron Plumbing, Inc.

11900 Livingston Rd.

Cantrell Plumbing

219 Cedarwood Ct

Capital Climate Services

8913 Hilton Hill Dr.

Cardinal Contractors

18078 Purvis DR unit A

Cardinal Plumbing

2270 Marginella Dr

CARL'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

4101 Waterbuck Way

Carlos Camayo

9290 Towerside Dr

Casco Plumbing

106 Halifax Ave

CG Plumbing

4702 Maybury Pl.

Chad G. Etter

22674 Flowing Spring Sq

Charles A Klein & Sons

5220 Klees Mill Rd

Charlotte Mechanical LLC

1624-A Cross Beam Dr.

Chimney.com

10 Old Bonifant Rd

Cole Electric Inc

2093 Harbor Ln

Comfort MD

26001 Miles Rd

Comfort Solutions

7518 Fullerton Road

Comfortable Air Services LLC

3055 PS Business Center Drive

Commercial Restorations

13433 Tilford Court

Commonwealth Cooling & Heating LLC

7211 Telegraph Square Dr Ste B

Community Plumbing & Heating

2575 Irving St NE
Washington

Complete Enhancement, LLC

6103 Baltimore Avenue

Complete Heating & Cooling

41-B Clarion Drive

Costless Plumbing

PO Box 15008

CRA Home Improvement, LLC

2807 26th St, NE
Washington

Creative Design Contractors, LLC

902 K Street NE
Washington

Dender Remodeling and Construction

2910 Kerry Forest Parkway

DENMAX CONSTRUCTION

8466-B Tyco Rd

Denny & Gardner

506 Shaw Rd

Denver's Plumbing

3110 Hall Ct

DiCarlo's Home Improvements

9974 Blackberry Lane

DiGiulian Plumbing Co Inc

10805 Belmont Blvd

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

DMG Plumbing Inc

18 Cherry St Ct

Donald Hunt Plumbing Inc

12009 Falling Crk Dr

Donmar Co Inc

22821 Silverbrook Center Dr

Earth Friendly Services

3015 Sycamore Pl

East Coast Developers LLC

4524 Randolph Road

eco home air and energy llc

120501 timber hollow pl

EDGE HVAC

8804 Worsley Court

Efficient Home

3905 National Dr

Eire Plumbing

3124 Cardinal Dr

EJ Plumbing

PO Box 51864

Elite Development

4401 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington

Elkot's General Services

1509 s. george mason dr

EM Logan & Sons Inc

14795 Build America Dr

EMS General Contractors LLC

14614 Birchdale Ave

Enterprise A/C&HTG

7937 suite d Penn Randall PL

Environment Control LLC

1788 Tilletson Pl

EPR Plumbing

9200 Vermillon Ct.

Excalibur Construction

2111 N Courthouse Rd

Excalibur Plumbing

11880 OLD FARM TO MARKET RD 2243

Excellent Plumbing

3717 Singleton Terrace

Excellent Services

607 Forbes St

Expert Flooring Solutions

6485 S Rainbow Blvd #100

FIXTALLATIONS LLC

46942 Fairhills Ct

FLOWRIGHT PLUMBING

626 CONSTITUTION AVE NE
Washington

Foley Plumbing Inc

6583 Merchant Place

FOOTE'S PLUMBING

5714 16th St NW
Washington

FORT HUNT PLUMBING INC

1906 MALLINSON WAY

Franklin Construction LLC

10377 Green Holly Ter

Frecka Plumbing

1770 Newberry St

Free Line Inc

9244 E Hampton Dr

Freeway Construction

1402 North Capitol Street NW
Washington

Friedman Plumbing Express

13549 Flowerfield Drive

Friedman Plumbing Express

1319 Powhatan Street

Frosty Refrigeration Co Inc

7121 Windsor Mill Rd

General Remodeling Group

11722 Newbridge Crt, Reston, Virginia 20191

GeoContractorsInc.

15064 Sawgrass Place

Germantown Plumbing

13017 Wisteria Drive

Glenoak Plumbing Inc

12611 Harewood Rd

Glover Enterprises Inc

300 Chatham Heights Road

Golden Plumbing Services

20880 ISHERWOOD TER APT304

Graham Restoration LLC

11271 James Madison highway

Greenacre Plumbing

11681 Bacon Race Rd

Hague Quality Water of Maryland

814 E College Parkway

Hale Contracting

203 N Sterling Blvd

HALL'S HVAC

39200 Hodges Rd

HANN & HANN INC

12307 WASHINGTON AVE

Hannegan Construction LLC

1718 M Street NW
Washington

HARRY BRASWELL INC

312 CALVERT AVENUE

Harvey W Hottel Inc

18900 Woodfield Rd

Haynes Plumbing

10509 Lanham Severn Rd.

Haynes Plumbing LLC

2824 F Dorr Ave

HB McClure Co

600 S 17th St

HD Johnson Inc

5500 Macarthur Blvd NW
Washington

Heidler Inc

208 Taylor Ave

HFH PLUMBING

8799 D'arcy Road

HGH Mechanical Inc

2107 Emmorton Park Dr

High's Chimney Service

8045 Snouffer School Road

Home Air Services Inc

12288 Wilkins Ave

HOME DEPOT

21010 FREDERICK RD

HOME DEPOT

9955 PULASKI HWY

HOME DEPOT

901 RHODE ISLAND AVE
Washington

HOME DEPOT

6691 FRONTIER RD

Home Depot - Annandale

6555 Little River Trnpke

Home Depot - Dale City

14025 Foulger Sq

Home Depot - Falls Church

6210 Seven Corners Ctr

Home Town Plumbing, LLC

6423 Carriage Drive

Homedic

10476 Business Center Ct

Homepros Contracting

12612 Izaakwalgon Drive

Honest HVAC

6304 Aaron Ln

Honest Plumbing

9245 W53 Pl

House Doctors

218 N Lee St

HP Building Electric Llc

140 Little Falls St Ste 103

HPC Maintenance, LLC

4010 Brussels Way

Hugee Corp Inc

1818 New York Ave Ne
Washington

HVAC Unlimited

9704-A Gunston Cove Road

I S ENTERPRISES

1324 H STREET NE
Washington

Ian Goldman

14618 Sandy Ridge Rd

Ideal Air LLc

PO BOX 238

Ideal Plumbing Services

8024 Tyson Oaks Circle

J F PLUMBING & HEATING

15751 Crabbs Branch Way

J&J Mechanical

po box 8332

J&T Home Design

10008 Carpers Farm Ct

J.R Remodeling Inc

1485 Eden Drive

Jabs Construction Inc

17869 Fraley Blvd

Jaks Services Inc

9113 Glenville Rd

James A Wheat & Sons Inc

7834 Beechcraft Avenue

James Bailey

635 13th St

JCabido Remodeling

15605 Bradford Dr.

JCG Residential, Inc.

13564 Minnieville Rd.

Jeeves Handyman Services

21515 Waters Discovery Terrace

Jestar Plumbing Inc

23130 Ridge Rd

JM PLUMBING AND HEATING

5242 Port Royal Road Suite 1401

John C Flood of Virginia

6430 General Green Way

John G Webster

10738 Tucker St

JOHN G WEBSTER CO

215 4TH ST SE
Washington

John H. Seipel

6718 Newman Rd

Joy Plumbing

12411 Lisborough rd

JP Plumbing

1564 St Margarets Rd

JPG Plumbing Services, Inc.

8260 Patuxent Range Rd Ste H

JSC Handyman Services Inc.

11965 W Goldenrod Ave
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