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arrived on time and explained all the work he was going to do, let me know when he was shutting off the water, and when he was done. He cleaned" up and explained his work and told me what to check for if there was a problem. He was very pleasant and helpful, I would definitely recommend him and
to anyone who needs a repair or a new water heater.

-Angela V.

made it easy to set up an estimate at the house. He came in person and gave me time to explain my observation regarding the boiler and water" heater. His knowledge and expertise were evident. He was concise and gave me several estimates on different units and efficiencies.
work was completed very timely with respect for my home and pets. An outstanding experience from start to finish.

-Jennifer J.

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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 Honolulu


Everything went Great! Very professional beautiful work done as well as very nice prices.
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was just great. Very nice clean up after the work was complete. We have used
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on a couple of occasions, they have always provided us with very nice service and prices. Theses fellows really do care about their customers and their needs. Recommend.
- Christine B.

I was very impressed with their work.
Quite a shock for the hot water heater to stop working. A few other providers were unhelpful and had a few weeks wait.
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and team were able to get to me within 24hrs.
They arrived timely, worked efficiently and now my hot water is back to normal!
Price wise, they were as expected with the competition
- James H.

Since moving into a new house, we have had a variety of little plumbing and HVAC issues arise - needed to move our condenser unit for some backyard work, replace a leaky faucet, hook up a broken outdoor hose line -
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is very responsive and cost effective, and will be honest in telling you what is going on and what makes the most sense to do. Definitely our go-to plumbing and HVAC contractor - initially recommended by our very experienced home inspector.
- Elizabeth A.

Sunday installation went well. Installer communicated thoroughly throughout installation process. Answered all questions to my satisfaction. Closed cabinet, kitchen corner water heater location in my 1926 house is tight, and installer handled the close quarters easily and well. So far, six months following installation, there has been no interruption of hot water from the new water heater installed at the end of March by
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. My understanding is that
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services the equipment they install.
- J L H.

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.
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replaced the water heater at a very fair price.
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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
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, and will use their services again in the future.
- Ron and Nancy G.

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
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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.

Water Heater Installers in Honolulu, HI

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A-1 Budget Plumbing

131 Hekili St

A/C & Appliance Sales Service

941102 Lumikuke Pl


815 Waiakamilo Rd

Aina 1 Plumbing

PO Box 971555

Alaka'i Mechanical Corp

2655 Waiwai Loop

Allens Plumbing

360 Papa Pl #104

Alternate Energy Inc

803 Ahua St

Anything Guy Production Services

1108 Fort St Mall


16501 Ventura Blvd Ste 500

Aquatic Solutions Hawaii

1334 Kalaniiki street

B J Genz Plumbing LLC

549 Halemaumau St

Banzai Plumbing, LLC

111 Hekili St.

Bills Handyman Services

91-1040B Hoomaka Street
Ewa Beach

Budget Appliance Repair

2065 S King St

C&J Solar Solutions LLC

45-605 Uhilehua St

CJ Plumbing

PO Box 1184

Commercial Plumbing Inc

1820 Colburn St


5 Sand Island Access Road

DaSu Distributors

150 McGee Drive

Drain Daddy

99-446 Kekoa Pl


PO Box 1013



Fast Rooter Plumbing

3850 Kilauea Ave.

GMX of Hawaii

111 Hekili

Greekz Plumbing LLC

59 425 Makana Rd

Honey Do Handyman

520 Kaimake Lp



k max plumbing

94-426 alapine st

K. Ahsing Tile & Stone LLC.

99-231 Ohekani Lp.

KFP Enterprise, LLC

98-025 Hekaha St. suite3

Kings HandyMan Services LLC

2015 Ala Wai Blvd Apt 6C

Kwik-Fix Home Improvement & Repair

823 Koko Isle Circle

Little Big Plumbing LLC

PO Box 89541

Low Cost Drain Plumbing

6370 Hawaii Kai Dr.

Mercury Solar

850 W Hind Drive

Mr. Rooter of Oahu

1616 Kahai St

Muscles 4 Hire

950 Lehua Ave
Pearl City

Pacific Plumbing Inc

PO Box 30425

Point Plumbing Inc

PO Box 1185

Poncho's Solar Service

1333 Opua St

Professional Yacht And Marine Services

1620 Ala Makani Pl

R & R Plumbing Hawaii

PO Box 2096
Ewa Beach

RayCo Plumbing

94-547 Ukee Street, Suite 310

RevoluSun Smart Home

210 Ward Ave

RG Builders Hawaii

Heina Lane

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

1631 Democrat St

Shipman Service & Repair

3206 Ahinahina Pl

Solar Cool Hawaii

238 Sand Island Access Rd

Solar Help Hawaii LLC

1846 Lusitana St

Steve's Plumbing Service Inc

270 Lalo st

T and C Plumbing LLC

2472 Komo Mai Dr.



Vent and Cover

306-7337 137 st

Waialae Plumbing

825 Halekauwila St

Zecka Home Improvement Inc

45-015 Waikalualoko Loop

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