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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.

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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 Columbia

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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 Columbia, SC

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1 Source Services of SC

3503 Palm Blvd
Isle Of Palms

3"D" Electric LLC

P.O. Box 342
Camden

A & S Electical Heating and Air Inc.

122 Amaker Drive
West Columbia

AAA Accurate Backflow Testing & Repair

124 Woodcraft Dr
Lexington

AAA Heating & Air

960 Bakersfield Rd
Columbia

ADVANTAGE PLUMBING COMPANY

239 TIMBERMILL DR
Lexington

Aero Plumbing

8551 Old Percival Rd
Columbia

Air Waves Heating & Air Inc

1457 Bella Vista Dr
Columbia

Alltek Remodeling

7001 St Andrews Rd
Columbia

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

American Plumbing Service

7324 Fairmont Dr
Columbia

AppliancePartsPros.com

16501 Ventura Blvd Ste 500

ARS / Rescue Rooter Columbia - 9052

121 Windhill Rd
Columbia

ASAP MECHANICAL LLC

1710 DUTCH FORK RD
Irmo

Assurance Appliance Repair, LLC

4458 Augusta Rd
Lexington

B & M PLUMBING

431 CharingCross Rd
Irmo

B.A.B Services

812 Seay Drive
West Columbia

Blanton's Mechanical & Son's

110 Plymouth Ave
Charleston

BR McGinty Mechanical Contractor

24320 Interstate 30
Lexington

CAPTIAL CITY PLUMBING

P.O. Box 155
Columbia

Carolina Plumbing of SC, Inc.

1821 2 Notch Rd
Lexington

Caulder Plumbing Co

829 Mill St
Camden

Construction Management Services

4689 Fish Hatchery Road
Gaston

Cool Care Heating and Air

3102 Bronx Rd
Columbia

CoolBack HVAC LLC

1174 coralbean way

Cottrell & Co., Inc.

151 Whiteford Way
Lexington

Crew Plumbing LLC

116 Wicklow Dr

Danielsen Plumbing Repairs

2732 Trotter Rd
Columbia

David A. Curtis Sr.

106 Aldbury Court
Columbia

David's Construction Services

9 Cardross Ln
Columbia

DELTA MECHANICAL

7 SURREY CT
Columbia

Delta Mechanical Inc

2486 Lawrenceville Hwy

DELTA MECHANICAL INC

7 SURREY CT
Columbia

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Dutch Heating & Air Conditioning

230 Ermine Rd
West Columbia

E F Martin Mechanical Contractors Inc

4233 W Beltline Blvd
Columbia

Easy Electrical Solutions LLC

525 Graymont Ave
Columbia

Exclusive Homes

1095 Hilldale Dr.
Lancaster

Flowers Heating & Cooling

PO Box 881
Camden

Freedom Plumbing Inc

130 Belo Ridge Rd
Lexington

GreenAir Inc

9400 Two Notch Rd
Columbia

Hammond and Sons Plumbing Solutions

844 Gardendale Dr
Columbia

HANDYMEN FROM HEAVEN

946 GREAT PLAIN AVE

Horizon Heating and Air

P.O Box 258
Irmo

Horizon Heating and Air

P.O Box 258
Irmo

Huckabee Plumbing & Gas

324 Water Tank Rd
Pelion

J & H Painting

3475 Old Hill Rd.
Columbia

Jonathan Services Inc

405 Thomaston Ave
Summerville

Jonny's Home Services

640 Cedar Field Lane
West Columbia

JP Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Co Inc

1045 Munson Springs Dr
Columbia

JP Plumbing Htg & AC Co Inc

1045 Munsen Spings Dr
Columbia

Kay Plumbing Services

6030 St Andrews Rd
Columbia

Knight’s Plumbing Co

104 Lloydwood Dr
West Columbia

Lexington Plumbing

350 Railroad Ave
Lexington

Lowe's

10106 Two Notch Rd
Columbia

LOWE'S

7420 GARNERS FERRY RD
Columbia

Lynn Heating & Air

400 Forest St
West Columbia

Mack Heating & Cooling

742 Old Barnwell Rd
West Columbia

Meetze Plumbing Co Inc

10009 Broad River Rd
Irmo

Midland Air Service Experts

1720 N Lake Dr
Lexington

Moore Quality Builders

132 Walter Rawl Rd
Lexington

Mr. Rooter Lexington/columbia

Po box 407
Lexington

Nipper & Son Plumbing

329 Poets Walk
Irmo

Plumb Krazy

PO Box 407
Lexington

Plumb Pro

9433 Hwy 78
Ladson

Plumb Pro

4204 Augusta Rd
Lexington

Plumbing Solutions

40 C Trotter Road, Unit B
West Columbia

Precise Pipe Plumbing Llc

103 Hilly Rock Rd
Lexington

PRECISION CARPENTRY & PLUMBING LLC

28 SCARLETT STREET
Greenville

Premium Repair Solutions

PO Box 918
Elgin

PROFESSIONAL HEATING & COOLING

361 Myrtle Beach Hwy
Sumter

PSNC ENERGY

PO BOX 100256
Columbia

R&J Remodeling

109 Tavern Fare Rd.
Columbia

Rightway Plumbing LLC

546 Griffith Road

Rise & Shine Plumbing Services, LLC

825 Langford Road
Blythewood

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

2149 E Blackstock Rd
Roebuck

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

7725 Saint Andrews Rd
Irmo

Sandhills Electrical

12 Turtle Creek Way
Columbia

Servant Plumbing of Mt. Pleasant / Columbia

POB 2070 Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant

Sherwoods Plumbing Services

1776 Morninglo Ln
Columbia

Shulers Plumbing Inc

842 Holland Ave
Cayce

Smoak's Comfort Control

1781 Harmony St
Charleston

Solutions Heating & Air

3623 Harrogate Rd.
Columbia

Specialty Heating & Cooling Inc

7500 SW Tech Center Dr

Starr Mechanical Services LLC

149 Frye Rd
Lexington

Stoudenmire Heating & Air

PO Box 4558
Columbia

Sunstore Solar Energy Solutions

1156 Bowman Road
Mt. Pleasant

Superior Plumbing & Gas

P.O. Box 50643
Columbia

TAYLOR SERVICES

1162 kenneth dr
Lexington

The Kinsey Company

129 Wilmont Drive
Lexington

TOMMY CAMPBELL HEATING AND AIR

141 DREHER RD
West Columbia

Tucker Electric Services

17 Northlake Rd
Columbia

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Webster Plumbing & Gas

708 Ermine Rd
West Columbia

WJA Construction Repairs & Maintenance

2124 Greenville Cir
Sumter

Wrights Plumbing & Gas

1619 Westover Acres Ln
Lugoff

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