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-Catherine G.

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"I couldn't get my pilot to stay lit, and I didn't know what was wrong. I called the company, and someone was out to me within a couple of hours. He inspected" the unit, showed me how to clean it, and then replaced the faulty part.

-Mandy M.

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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 Fort Wayne

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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.

All Water Heater Installers in Fort Wayne, IN

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1st Call Heating and Cooling Inc

8016 Bears Pass
Churubusco

Affordable Sewer Service LLC

1719 N Harrison st
Fort Wayne

All-Pro Plumbing Inc

PO Box 262
Kokomo

Amco Inc.

4808 Tirol Pass
Fort Wayne

AMERICAN CITY PLUMBING INC

14519 PLANK ST
Fort Wayne

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

AppliancePartsPros.com

16501 Ventura Blvd Ste 500

BENCHMARK PAINTING & CARPENTRY INC

432 West Boynton Beach Blvd

Besco Air Inc

5406 N Elston Ave

Burns Plumbing

10838 Gorden Setter Dr
Osceola

Certified Plumbing Company

6435 W Jefferson Blvd
Fort Wayne

Changes Unlimited

1005 Herman St
Fort Wayne

Chestnut Services, Inc

1927 Eminence Brake Pass
Fort Wayne

Colliers Heating & Air Conditioning

2499 E Winona Ave
Warsaw

Coy Plumbing Inc.

3432 Taylor Street
Fort Wayne

Coy Plumbing Inc.

3432 Taylor Street
Fort Wayne

Current Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning

2120 E Washington Blvd
Fort Wayne

D & R Electrical Services

2783 N Airport Rd

D.S. Feller Heating & Air

85 W Levi Lee Rd
Warsaw

Dantzer Heating & Cooling Inc

1241 N Wells St
Fort Wayne

David Schulz

5140 Norwaldo Avenue
Indianapolis

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis

Directflow Services, LLC

3924 Walden Run
Fort Wayne

Doc Dancer Heating, A/C & Generators

2309 S Anthony Blvd
Fort Wayne

DuHadway Corp

2214 Wayne Trace
Fort Wayne

EVENFLOW PLUMBING INC

2324 Blue Harbor Dr
Fort Wayne

Freedom Heating & Plumbing Inc

500 S Grandstaff Dr
Auburn

Freedom Mechanical

1017 S. Leeds St.
Kokomo

Gibson's Heating and Plumbing Inc

160 W Van Vleek St
Waterloo

Home Comfort Experts

136 W. Walker Way
Columbia City

Home Works Professional Handyman Services

4825 Lafayette St
Fort Wayne

Honorable Home Repairs

9018 Village Dr.
Fort Wayne

HPS Mechanical, Inc.

3100 E Belle Ter

Indiana Plumbing Service Inc

2520 Otsego Dr
Fort Wayne

J & T Mechanical

2525 Meadows Pkwy
Fort Wayne

J O MORY INC

8107 LIMA RD
Fort Wayne

John Harker Plumbing & Repair Service LLC

9006 Village Grove Dr
Fort Wayne

JPD Home Maintenance

2108 Lima Ln
Fort Wayne

K&B Plumbing

2324 Broken Oak Rd
Fort Wayne

Keck Services Home Maintenance

Po box 0341
Huntertown

Knueve & Sons Inc

102 E Water St

Korte Does It All

10920 Stellhorn Rd
New Haven

Legacy Heating & Air Conditioning

6502 Bluffton Rd
Fort Wayne

Louie's Plumbing Inc

8723 Sandpiper Ct
Fort Wayne

LOWES

1929 N COLLESIUM
Fort Wayne

MASTERS HEATING & COOLING INC

3512 Cavalier Dr
Fort Wayne

Midwest Air Solutions

15630 Joliet Rd
Westfield

MJM Mechanical

921 E Dupont Rd
Fort Wayne

Mr Plumber Inc

7918 Union Chapel Rd
Fort Wayne

North Side Plumbing & Heating Co Inc

2234 N Clinton St
Fort Wayne

Phoenix Mechanical

101 S Randolph St
Garrett

Plumbing Heating Paramedics

8939 Technology Dr
Fishers

Plumbing Services Inc

6008 Smith Rd
Fort Wayne

Precise Home Builders

6924 Canby Ave

PREFERRED MAINTENANCE

1920 WESTWOOD DR
Angola

Randy Rolf Heating & Cooling

14017 Raynham Rd
Fort Wayne

REDMAN PLUMBING & HEATING INC

309 W VAN BUREN ST
Columbia City

RENT A SPOUSE HANDYMAN SERVICES

12126 YODER RD
Roanoke

RFD Construction

PO Box 8592
Fort Wayne

ROBERT SHEETS PLUMBING

9400 Ardmore Avenue
Fort Wayne

Rolf Griffin Service Experts

1702 Fairfield Ave
Fort Wayne

Rosswurm HVAC Svc

8330 Bull Rapids Rd
Woodburn

Roto Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

4035 Transportation Dr
Fort Wayne

Royal Flush Plumbing, Inc of Winder

995 Patrick Industrial Court

Serenity Kitchen & Bath Inc

1912 Omee Ct
Fort Wayne

Service Plus Heating Cooling Plumbing

11771 Technology Dr
Fishers

Sheets A/C Heating And Plumbing Inc

1200 Leesburg Rd
Fort Wayne

Simmon's Plumbing

1915 Versailles Village Place
Ft Wayne

Sizemore's Handyman Service

1808 CR16
Waterloo

T&T Plumbing & Heating

11875 E 450 S
Laotto

Taylor Plumbing & Sewer Service

8506 Bass Rd
Fort Wayne

The Extreme Artisan

1116 W Washington Blvd
Fort Wayne

Thomas Electric LLC

PO Box 6524
Fort Wayne

Titan Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

1904 Coronet Dr.
Fort Wayne

W C Borchelt & Sons Inc

6332 Maplecrest Rd
Fort Wayne

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

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