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"It went OK as far as the water heater is working but the work done was not entirely completed, I had to hire an handyman to complete the service as plenty of holes" were left despite the high price tag. In comparison, I did another water heater with another company and paid only $1,000 for a better job.

-Laurent R.

"Whole house inspection identified some areas for future plumbing work. Water heater was flushed but the anode rod would not remove and there was unexpected damage" to the existing unit.
replaced the water heater at a very fair price.
was very professional and made sure that the customer was well taken care of and satisfied with the results. The work was timely and we were very happy with
, and will use their services again in the future.

-Ron and Nancy G.

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When Should I Replace My Water Heater?

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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 Washington DC


I was anxious about the leaky water heater and relayed that I needed them out as soon as possible, which they were out the next morning. Repair man checked everything and gave me a price, which was $400 over the Angie's list price. When I asked him, he got very upset that the office hadn't informed him this was an Angie's list job. He got on the phone and voiced his disapproval for about 15 minutes.
All in all, it took about 2 hours. He cleaned everything up. I paid the bill. He gave me a prechecked evaluation form to sign. Told me the city would send an inspector in 4-6 weeks. Still haven't heard from the city. (Today is October 5) and he left.
Water heater works great.
- Melody M.

I had just had a new water heater installed and it quit working within 12 hours. I was referred to
Washington DC Water Heater Installers Provider Name Locked
for the warranty work. It turned out that the hot surface igniter had died. They were very courteous and helpful in diagnosing the problem and getting the parts ordered. The parts arrived overnight and the water heater was repaired that day.
- Neil V.

Provider measured water pressure at certain points, checked
water flow into the house, reviewed piping system. Also suggested and estimated
price for improving the flow. As I learned it was not the best solution and price.


Our hot water heater started leaking Saturday afternoon. They gave me a quote on the phone, and then came out Sunday and replaced the heater with a new one, and a new
Washington DC Water Heater Installers Provider Name Locked
, and new lines in. Normally they don't come out on a Sunday but they were really nice and made an exception for us. The installer
Washington DC Water Heater Installers Provider Name Locked
was on time and very professional.
- Beth S.

I believe that this company took advantage of my mother. The representative from this company told her that if she left it the way it was, it could potentially cause more damage down the road. Rather than giving her any options for repairs or different levels of quality machines, they pushed her into purchasing the most expensive top of the line water heater that they offer. She's 87 years old and she was extremely nervous and felt pressured during the sales process. I called the company to speak with one of their representatives,
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, who seemed to feel that the servicemen did what was necessary to bring everything up to code. She lives in a historical home neighborhood and the normal code updates don't apply when it comes to changing out a product, only when you're doing renovations etc. I'm not upset with the quality of work, I'm upset that the price was so high for something that wouldn't have needed to be done with the most expensive product.
- Robbie H.

After claim was filed Water Heater Only contacted me with a 30 minute time frame for tech to show up,
Washington DC Water Heater Installers Provider Name Locked
arrived and was very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Had job completed in 3 hours. Never used company before but will hightly recommend to others.

Water heater went out, called home warranty insurance and
Washington DC Water Heater Installers Provider Name Locked
agreed to come out at 3 pm and make the change.
Washington DC Water Heater Installers Provider Name Locked
was very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Finished in 3 hours.

The relationship got off to a very rocky start. The day they were supposed to arrive for the installation of the original hot water heater I called four times to determine when they would arrive as well as get more information on the tank. The first three times I was told to be patient and that the person would arrive within my time window which was in itself far too wide (4 hours). 15 minutes before they were to arrive I called again to find out that there was no one coming as the person assigned to the job was not scheduled to work that day! When I was rightfully upset, the original person I talked to had nothing to offer but a grudging apology. And, when I asked to speak to a manager, apparently there was only one manager and she was "in a meeting" and could not take the call.
At this point I was prepared to call the whole thing off. The reason I went with Angie's List was to minimize the prospect of being ripped off or finding myself with bad service and here I had just spent half a day waiting for someone that the company told me repeatedly was going to show up only to tell me at the END of this FOUR HOUR WINDOW that that person was not even at work AT ALL the whole day. They had three opportunities to let me know that this appointment needed to be rescheduled and they blew it.
But then, the manager actually did call me in the middle of my first review and I decided to give them a second
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. The technician did come the second time. He was able to help problem solve a very difficult installation (sitting in a small closet that required surgery to get it out and change of regulations in the 20 years since the last one was installed). The unit that I ended up purchasing was superior to the one I originally purchased and it was installed in a timely manner and it is performing well.
A final note, it has taken two months and I have not received the paperwork for a warranty or the paperwork for the permit. I called two weeks ago and someone from Fast called last week to tell me the paperwork is in the mail. The inspector from the city is coming on Tuesday for the final inspection. I don't know if he needs this paperwork or if he has a copy that has been filed with the city. We shall see this Tuesday.
- Allison F.

Water Heater Installers in Washington, DC

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1402 North Capitol Street NW

1,2,3 Plumbing LLC

203 Yoakum Pkwy

4 Service Pros

2010 Corporate Ridge

4FastPlumber LLC

13841 Pine Ln

A & J Home Remodeling

3212 South 13th Rd

A + Services LLC

11329 Old Prospect Hill Rd

A Action Home Services

6404 Telegraph Rd

A Action Services LLC

6404 Telegraph Rd

A H Jordan Plumbing & Mechanic LLC

1818 New York Ave NE Ste 113

A-Pro Renovation

1629 K St. NW

Air Benders

23571 Pebble Run Pl

Air Express Appliances

7646 Fullerton Rd

Air Novations LLC

14420 Dowden Downs Dr

Air Purifying Systems

3804 Roxbury Ct.

AJ Ross Service

5406 Riverdale Rd

Alfa Group, LLC

4601 Pinecrest Office Park Dr

All Plumbing Inc

921 N Jackson St.

All Pro Services Inc

1215 Ritchie Rd

All Renovations Inc

6920B Braddock Rd

All Season Aire

4480 Printers Ct


18004 Meadowsweet Ct.

Amercians Choice Services

11213 Smithfield Rd

American Decorating Center

40 Pidgeon Hill Dr


34 Shining Willow Way

Anders Plumbing

8209 Chestnut Grove Rd

Anderson Construction

12004 Mastbrook Lane


10026 Wedge Way

Ant Builders - Shy Nair


Any Brand Appliances

3440 Rock Spring Ave

Appliance Mecca

7407 Colchester dr


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

Aspen Hill Plumbing LLC

2238 Distribution Cir




14844 Cranoke St



BGE Home

1409 Tangier Dr

BK Contracts

120 Halifax Ave

BK Tech Contractor, LLC.

12346 Cliveden St

Brookland Plumbing

1611 Monroe St NE

Brown's Plumbing & Drain Service

3816 Old Silver Hill Rd

BST Plumbing & Heating

8802 Lew Wallace Rd

Bull Run Kitchen & Bath

11696 Sudley Manor Dr

byron`s construction

12804 connecticut ave

C.R. Contracting LLC

9107 Paloma Ln

Cardinal Contractors

18078 Purvis DR unit A

Cardinal Plumbing

464 Herndon Parkway Suite 216

Cardinal Plumbing Inc

464 Herndon Pkwy


4101 Waterbuck Way

Carlos Camayo

9290 Towerside Dr

Casco Plumbing

106 Halifax Ave

Castro Property Management, Inc

11427 Scottsbury Terr


14621 Peach Orchard Rd


12929 Centre Park Circle Unit 115

Chryst Brothers Construction

12028 Heather Down Dr

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

Complete Plumbing Services LLC

433 Stratford Avenue

Copper Fox Plumbing

12404 Vint Hill Rd.

Cortez Services LLC

6130 Marshall Dr

CRA Home Improvement, LLC

2807 26th St, NE

Creative Design Contractors, LLC

902 K Street NE

Denny & Gardner

506 Shaw Rd

District Plumbers

2300 4th Street Northeast

DNS Total Construction LLC

12253 Fairfield House Dr

Doe's Plumbing

12424 Ronald Beall Rd


14004 - J Willard Rd

Eire Plumbing

5606 Randolph Road

Elite Development

4401 Connecticut Ave NW

EMS General Contractors LLC

14614 Birchdale Ave

EPR Plumbing

9200 Vermillon Ct.

F W Harris

PO Box 392

Faith Contracting, LLC

10452 Lonesome Road

Fire & Ice HVAC, Inc.

2801 PS Business Center Drive






5714 16th St NW

Force Construction

2921 wickersham way

Franklin Construction LLC

10377 Green Holly Ter

Free Line Inc

9244 E Hampton Dr

Freeway Construction

1402 North Capitol Street NW

Friedman Plumbing Express

1319 Powhatan Street

Gauto J Corp

3500 Courtland Dr

General Remodeling Group

11722 Newbridge Crt, Reston, Virginia 20191


39200 Hodges Rd



Hannegan Construction LLC

1718 M Street NW



Harvey W Hottel Inc

18900 Woodfield Rd

Haynes Plumbing

10509 Lanham Severn Rd.

Haynes Plumbing LLC

2824 F Dorr Ave

HD Johnson Inc

5500 Macarthur Blvd NW

Home Air Services Inc.

12288 Wilkins Ave

Home Breakthrough LLC

606 Swallowtail Dr





Home Depot - Annandale

6555 Little River Trnpke

Home Depot - Dale City

14025 Foulger Sq

Home Depot - Falls Church

6210 Seven Corners Ctr

Home Depot - Silver Spring

2300 Broadbirch Dr

Home Energy Medics

817 22nd St S

Homepros Contracting

12612 Izaakwalgon Drive

Honest Abe Plumbing Heating & Cooling

7095 Milford Industrial Rd

Honest HVAC

6304 Aaron Ln

House Doctors

3308 Mt Vernon Ave



HP Building Electric Llc

140 Little Falls St Ste 103

HPC Maintenance, LLC

4100 whiting ct

Hugee Corp Inc

1818 New York Ave Ne



Ideal Air LLc

PO BOX 238

Indoor Air Quality Medics

3039 P.S. Business Center Dr

Inspiring Renovation

5406 Ludlow Dr.

J.R Remodeling Inc

1485 Eden Drive

James A Wheat & Sons Inc

7834 Beechcraft Ave

Jamsco Plumbing LLC

1818 Beaver Creek Ln

Jav Remodeling

1320 Old Chain Bridge Rd

Jazzie Pools Spa's & Fitness L.L.C

900 S Wahington St. G14

JBI Services LLC

7836 Airpark Rd

JCabido Remodeling

11502 Nevis Dr

JCG Residential, Inc.

13564 Minnieville Rd.

Jeeves Handyman Services

21515 Waters Discovery Terrace


5242 Port Royal Road Suite 1401

John C Flood of Virginia

6430 General Green Way

John G Webster

10738 Tucker St

John Nugent & Sons Inc

1387 Chain Bridge Rd

Joseph C Bauer Inc

8035 A Penn Randall Pl

JP General Contractor

1604 Indiana Ave


4223 58th avenue

K4 Associates LLC

649B Lofstrand Lane

Long Engineering

3700 Enterprise Rd.,

Long's Corporation

11215 Lee Hwy

M & M Mechanical, Inc.

7964 Conell Court


5840 Cameron Run Terrace

M.K.B. Remodeling

14360 Surrydale Dr

Mac's Pro Service

7210 E Enwood St



Magna Construction

2405 Benning Rd NE

Marin Mechanical LLC

7208 Normandy Ln

Marines Plumbing

7001 Bears Den Ct

Mark Brew Plumbing & Heating Inc

13419 Clarksville Pike

Martillo Contractors,LLC

1700 Elton Road Silver Spring

Martinez Irrigation

12138 Central Ave


7610 Rickenbacker Dr

Master in Building

7205 Lockport Place

Maximum Mechanical

5037 Grand Beech Ct



MJ Plumbing

104 Flaim Ln

Murphy Family Electric

500 N. Washington St.

My Hunny Do

PO Box 6091

My HVAC Doctor

4094 Majestic Ln



Nicholson Plumbing

Metropolitan Ave

Nolasco Plumbing

1801 mountpisgah ln

NOVA Green Energy LLC

3426 Lakeside View Drive


14810 Build America Dr

O'Neill Plumbing

1010 Cannon's Court

Old Town Craftsman

8622 Reicher st

Old Towne Plumbing Inc

518 W Deer Park Rd

Olde To Better Yet

9404 Brandywine Rd

Omar's General Contracting

3705 Plyers Mill Rd

Omega Services Contractor

10434 Haywood Drive

Petro Home Services

8900 Citation Rd

Pinkney Services

143 Kennedy St. SW
Washington D.C.

Pipe Kings

14418 Round Lick Lane

Plumb Right Plumbing

9315 Mathis Ave


9821 Godwin Dr


9012 McPherson St

Plumbline Plumbers Inc

1629 A St NE

Pressley Plumbings

6803 Groveton Dr

Prettier Homes Remodeling LLC

11802 Kimberly Woods Ln

Pristine Water Treatment

912 Courthouse Rd

Pro Home Services

7301 Mill Run Dr

Professional Home Solutions LLC

5509 4th St NE

Prudencio Services

5239 Navaho Dr



Quality Ambient, LLC

3470 Olney-Laystonesville Rd # 192

Quality For Less LLC

7900 Quinta Ct.

R & B Inc

1710 Mt Vernon Ave

Ramos Plumbing LLC

206 Mount Vernon Pl

Rapp Renovations

23 Quarterpole Ct

Real Plumbers

7321 Livingston Road

reddy services

43676 trade center pl #140-2a

Redline Projects LLC

2314 Kansas Ave

Reeds handyman services

3787 Port Hope Point

Referred By Renovators Inc

1494 Governor Bridge Rd

Remodel America Inc

6301 Heritage Landing Ct



Rumialdy Development, LLC

1815 Monroe St.N.E.

Rush Co Of North Virginia

5510 Franconia Rd


152 56th pl se

RW Burtons Plumbing

12309 Manship Ln

S & E Appliance Repair

4924 A Beauregard St

Safari Investment

301 G Street NE #14


800 3RD ST SW

Sal's Contractor Corp.

11121 Superior Landing

Sam and Sons Services

5649C General Washington Dr

Sanchez and son construction LLC

3920 14th st nw

Santimos handyman services

3216 Patterson st nw

Savant Contractors INC

1624 A Street NE

Scardina Home Services

8082 Veterans Highway

Scott Ison Plumbing LLC

12822 Greenhall Dr


701 Russell Ave

Sears Stores - Fairfax

12000 Fair Oaks Mall

Select Kitchen & Bath

5217 Lonsdale Dr

Select Services

301 Ellsworth Pl

Service Force

1022 Baltimore Rd.

Shary's Plumbing, LLC.


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