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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 Washington DC

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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 Washington, DC

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2010 Corporate Ridge

495 HVAC

4107 Arcadia Road

A & J Home Remodeling

3212 South 13th Rd

A & K PLUMBING INC

14300 CHERRY LN CT

A H Jordan Plumbing & Mechanic LLC

1818 New York Ave NE Ste 113
Washington

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

Acute building construction, llc

2017 Vermont Ave NW
Washington

Adams Heating Co

8185 Beechmont Ave

Air Benders

23571 Pebble Run Pl

Air Express Appliances

7646 Fullerton Rd

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

air quality hvac llc

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

ANS MECHANICAL LLC

10026 Wedge Way

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

Aquia Stafford Area Plumbing Inc

35 Potomac Creek Drive

Arco Painting & Remodeling LLC

14405 Innsbruck Court

Area Construction

12339 Folkstone Drive

Argent Heating And Cooling LLC

501 Church Street NE

AROUND THE CLOCK PLUMBING SVC

125 Cottonwood Drive

B.K. Services

504 kibler circle

Bair Necessities

763 Rte 3 N

Barr Plumbing LLC

89 Ruffed Grouse Ln

Bathroom Remodeling Maryland

401 * Russell ave #105

BAUMBACH PLUMBERS

11612 FAIRFAX STATION RD

Bayshore Plumbers

3158 Rolison Rd

BEALL INC

14844 Cranoke St

Burtonsville Fuel Co Inc

15408 Old Columbia Pike

Butel Construction Inc

733 N La Brea Ave

C & G Plumbing & Htg Co

4506 Sumerduck Rd

C.B.S. Enterprises LLC

904 Princess Anne St

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

Castro Property Management, Inc

11427 Scottsbury Terr

CC WILLIAMS PLUMBING & HEATING

14621 Peach Orchard Rd

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.

Chaud Co

320 S First

Chevez HVAC, Inc.

4005 Underwood St.

Chimney.com

10 Old Bonifant Rd

Chryst Brothers Construction

6450 Old Dominion Dr

Clog Busters Inc

10 Montague St

CM KING

14726 Featherstone 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

Commonwealth Cooling & Heating LLC

7211 Telegraph Square Dr Ste B

Community Plumbing & Heating

2575 Irving St NE
Washington

Cortez Services LLC

6130 Marshall Dr

Costless Plumbing

PO Box 15008

CRA Home Improvement, LLC

2807 26th St, NE
Washington

DB's Plumbing & Drain

4137 Marjon Ct

Dender Remodeling and Construction

2910 Kerry Forest Parkway

DENMAX CONSTRUCTION

8466-B Tyco Rd

Doe's Plumbing

12424 Ronald Beall Rd

Donald Hunt Plumbing Inc

12009 Falling Crk Dr

Donmar Co Inc

22821 Silverbrook Center Dr

Duvall Corp

8103 B Centreville Rd

Dwyer Plumbing Corp

8394-J Terminal Rd

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

FIRST CLASS PLUMBING LLC

13220 WISTERIA DR

FixShine Property Services, Inc.

13000 Well House Court

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

General Remodeling Group

11722 Newbridge Crt, Reston, Virginia 20191

GeoContractorsInc.

15064 Sawgrass Place

H Plumbing, Inc.

26609 High St

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

Hollister Home Center

4007 West Jackson St

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

3308 Mt Vernon Ave

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

HVACR Intelligence

22414 Frederick Rd

I S ENTERPRISES

1324 H STREET NE
Washington

IAM Services Inc

9 North 3rd St

Ian Goldman

14618 Sandy Ridge Rd

Ideal Air LLc

PO BOX 238

Ideal Plumbing Services

8024 Tyson Oaks Circle

Indoor Air Quality Medics

3039 P.S. Business Center Dr

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 Ave

James Bailey

635 13th St

Jav Remodeling

1320 Old Chain Bridge Rd

JBI Services LLC

7836 Airpark Rd

JC Hanson Enterprises; LLC

161 Double Church Rd

JCabido Remodeling

15605 Bradford Dr

JCG Residential, Inc.

13564 Minnieville Rd.

Jeeves Handyman Services

21515 Waters Discovery Terrace

Jestar Plumbing Inc

23130 Ridge Rd

John C Flood of Virginia

6430 General Green Way

John G Webster

10738 Tucker St

John H. Seipel

6718 Newman Rd

John Nugent & Sons Inc

1387 Chain Bridge Rd

Jones-Rogers Inc

14522 Lee Rd

Joseph C Bauer Inc

8035 A Penn Randall Pl

Joy Plumbing

12411 Lisborough rd
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