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"I was able to make an appointment for the next day to have the heater replaced. On that call I was informed that the price did not include the cost of the permit" required by the city of SF, and that this would cost me an additional approx. $188, but that they would secure the permit for me. That seemed reasonable, and I said okay. Then the contractor arrived at the very end of the five hour window of time they provided, and presented me with a form to sign before they would do the pre-paid work, stating that (1) they would NOT be getting a permit, and that the work would be performed by an UNLICENSED contractor. I come to Angie's List to find high quality providers, and because I needed to restore hot water to a tenant quickly I was over a barrel. I had pre-paid for an Angie's List deal, from a supposedly high quality provider, but had no choice but accept an unlicensed worker and non-compliance with city codes. In fact, the installer told me that when they make calls in response to Angie's List deals, the installer is told to just "quickly slam it in, and leave." I had to persuade the installer to strap the heater in the same manner as the adjacent heater, installed last year by Home Depot, with a permit. (albeit at greater expense.) Next time I will ignore Angie's List, go to Home Depot, and have the job done by someone I know I can trust. That said, in the end the work seems (to my untrained eyes anyway) to be of adequate quality.

-Neil L.

installed a water heater 14 years ago at our residence. It finally bit the dust on the weekend (naturally). I called
" up on Sunday. He gave me the installed price, said that he could get one ordered on Monday for installation on Tuesday. He called on Monday to confirm the installation time on Tuesday. He showed up as promised and we had hot water before noon. He found during final testing that the draft from the water heater was quite slow. He went outside and proposed a possible solution. I followed up with a chimney sweep company that fixed the problem.

-Barry L.

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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 Fort Wayne


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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
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to anyone who needs a repair or a new water heater.
- Angela V.

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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.
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work was completed very timely with respect for my home and pets. An outstanding experience from start to finish.
- Jennifer J.

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.

Water Heater Installers in Fort Wayne, IN

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1st Call Heating and Cooling Inc

8016 Bears Pass

Affordable Sewer Service LLC

1719 N Harrison st
Fort Wayne

Amco Inc.

4808 Tirol Pass
Fort Wayne


14519 PLANK ST
Fort Wayne


16501 Ventura Blvd Ste 500

Changes Unlimited

1005 Herman St
Fort Wayne

Chestnut Services, Inc

1927 Eminence Brake Pass
Fort Wayne


7414 W Dupont Rd
Fort Wayne

Coy Plumbing Inc.

3432 Taylor Street
Fort Wayne

Coy Plumbing Inc.

4435 Leeward Cove
Fort Wayne

Current Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning

2120 E Washington Blvd
Fort Wayne

D.S. Feller Heating & Air

85 W Levi Lee Rd

Dantzer Heating & Cooling Inc

1241 N Wells St
Fort Wayne

DaSu Distributors

150 McGee Drive

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


2324 Blue Harbor Dr
Fort Wayne

Fire & Ice Heating/Cooling Inc

1928 Inwood Dr
Fort Wayne

Freedom Heating & Plumbing Inc

500 S Grandstaff Dr

Gibson's Heating and Plumbing Inc

160 W Van Vleek St

Hamm Integrity Plumbing

14928 Wesley Chapel Rd

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

Indiana Plumbing Service Inc

2520 Otsego Dr
Fort Wayne

J & T Mechanical

2525 Meadows Pkwy
Fort Wayne


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

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


Fort Wayne


3512 Cavalier Dr
Fort Wayne

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

Plumbing Services Inc

6008 Smith Rd
Fort Wayne

Randy Rolf Heating & Cooling

14017 Raynham Rd
Fort Wayne


12126 YODER RD

RFD Construction

PO Box 8592
Fort Wayne


9400 Ardmore Avenue
Fort Wayne

Rolf Griffin Service Experts

1702 Fairfield Ave
Fort Wayne

Rosswurm HVAC Svc

8330 Bull Rapids Rd

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

4035 Transportation Drive
Fort Wayne

Serenity Kitchen & Bath Inc

1912 Omee Ct
Fort Wayne

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

Taylor Plumbing & Sewer Service

8506 Bass Rd
Fort Wayne

Thomas Electric LLC

PO Box 6524
Fort Wayne

Titan Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

1904 Coronet Dr.
Fort Wayne

Vent and Cover

306-7337 137 st

W C Borchelt & Sons Inc

6332 Maplecrest Rd
Fort Wayne

Wake Contracting

9929 S Country Knl


12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Wheeler Mechanical Services LLC

309 Diamond Ave
Columbia City

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