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explained everything he was doing, and after about 7 hours, spent a lot of time explaining the entire install and operation. We are pleased with the performance of the system and the professionalism of the entire experience.

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"The service provider was punctual and courteous . They discovered the existing venting system was not in good shape and not up to code and returned a second day" to replace all pieces and get it to code. They were very professional. We highly recommend tis provider.

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When should I replace my water heater?

Dear Angie: My water heater is past its expected lifetime. Should I automatically replace it or wait until it fails?

Water heaters

Standard storage tank water heaters typically need to be replaced after about a decade, but they can last years longer with some homeowner maintenance. When the time comes to buy a new one, there are more options for consumers to consider.

More energy-efficient water heaters are coming this year. Learning the facts will help you to replace your water heater on your terms, rather than letting it become a last-minute problem. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Joseph K. of Boston)
Water Heaters

Changes coming this year will make water heaters more energy efficient, but may create some difficulties for homeowners.

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Electrical, Heating & A/C, Water Heaters

It's smart to take action to reduce energy use when you're away from home. But find out why top electricians say turning off circuit breakers isn't a good idea.

If you notice moisture around your water heater, you may need to replace it. But first, make sure the water isn't coming from a leak in the fittings or connections to the tank, or from the temperature/pressure overflow pipe, instead of the water heater itself. (Photo by Water Heaters Only Inc.)
Water Heaters

Rumblings? Leaks? Rusty water? More than 10 years old? Don’t wait for a catastrophe: Be alert for these indicators that your water heater is about to fail.

Not only should you know where your water heater is, you should have clear access to it, says Carpenter. (Photo courtesy of Water Heaters Only Inc.)
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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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The primary complaint about tankless water heaters is that, unless you pay for a really oversized one, they do not keep up with high demands like clothes washer or tub or shower, or if you have multiple hot water demands going at one time.

The reason hot water heaters are used is because they can heat up and store enough water for an ordinary demand like a shower or clothes washing, and larger ones like 50-60 gallons can handle multiple simultaneous demands. Out 60 gallon heater handles washing machine, dish wahser, and a shower simultaneously without going from hot to warm. An on-demand system heats the water as it flows through the heater, with production of hot water having to equal the total demand at any instant. This they can rarely do - especially gas-fired ones, for which the power is usually much cheaper than with electricity.

Google the search phrase - on demand water heaters

to read articles on the issue, and EPA and EnergyStar program writeups. Consumer Reports also has comparisons and evaluations (though you have to subscribe to read review articles).

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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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was very responsive to my request through Angie's list. He answered initial questions I had via email and when we were ready for a quote, we were able to set a mutual date within a couple of days. On the day of install, there was a delay in receiving the unit.
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kept me well informed by phone of the situation. He received the unit around 11:00 AM and was on site and ready to start around noon. The installation took about eight hours.
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had to open a hole through a 15 in solid rock foundation (1940's construction) for the intake and exhaust pipes, which made the installation take longer than normal. When he was finished he cleaned up and left the area in fine condition and we now have endless hot water. Throughout the process,
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was attentive and responsive to my questions and concerns. He did a very professional job and I am well pleased. I will be using him for annual maintenance in about 12 months. (Rinnai requires maintenance be done on the unit annually to keep the warranty in effect).
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's quoted charge for annual maintenance is very reasonable for an investment of this amount. I am very glad I had the opportunity to deal with
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and
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and would recommend him without reservation.
- STEPHEN H.
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We had a new 40
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water heater installed which is a $600 12 year model from Home Depot. The basic installation cost was $469. We did end up paying for additional things like a drip
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, a new gas shutoff valve since the old one was undersized, etc. but still the overall cost was still lower than other numbers I had seen. And we declined some suggested work, which is always an option. Everything went very smoothly.
- David M.
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We had a new 40
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water heater installed which is a $600 12 year model from Home Depot. The basic installation cost was $469. We did end up paying for additional things like a drip
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, a new gas shutoff valve since the old one was undersized, etc. but still the overall cost was still lower than other numbers I had seen. And we declined some suggested work, which is always an option. Everything went very smoothly.
- David M.
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They were friendly and professional both on the phone and in person.
We had bought and scheduled an install from Lowe's on Thurs pm. They said we would be the first on the schedule. When I called on Fri. am. they said someone would be calling me. A couple hours later Lowe's called back to see if the installer had called. I said no. The installer.
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, called a bit later and said they could have someone out on Sat. between 1-4. I was not happy. I called Lowe's and asked if they had another installer. They said they didn't. I said we would never bought from them if I knew it was going to take almost 2 days to get service. I suggested they look at a different installer.
I called
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and got a better price and quick service. While I was on the phone the Lowe's installer called and left a message that they had a cancel and could come right away.
I called Lowe's and cancelled. They were very friendly and said they understood and.
Thumbs up to
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and thumbs down to Lowe's and
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- shari G.
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I found
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through an Angie's List deal and it worked out great. I came home Thursday night to discover my water heater leaking. I called in on Friday morning and I talked to
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in the office to set up an appointment and they were able to come out on Saturday morning to do the replacement.
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was very knowledgeable and patient in talking me through the different types of water heaters to choose from and I ultimately went with the Rheem 50
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. gas unit. T was the guy who came out to do the work and he was great as well - very friendly and efficient. Overall, they made this stressful situation much easier to deal with and they did great work!
- David G.
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Called 8pm Thursday night after discovering leaking hot water heater in lower level.
Got an excellent quote ($1350) to replace a 75
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gas hot water heater. I had gotten other quotes of $1700, $2100, range of $2000-$3000 from others listed here on AngiesList.
They called me on Friday and arrived at the house at noon....More /> They removed and replaced the heater in 1 hour!!
No mess, cleaned up after themselves.
I am VERY Pleased!!
I will use these guys again for other plumbing needs.
- John S.
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Poor, never got response on multiple calls and emails for a finished receipt. Receipt was supposed to be sent to me electronically, never came. Plus, I got multiple phone calls and bills from AHS Home warranty about their $75 deductible, that was included in the check I wrote to AP Plumbing. Not sure if this is an AHS issue, or if it was AP Plumbing.
- Robin R.
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The gentleman who came arrived on time and was very polite and professional. He explained what's involved in a changeover of provider (it's not that
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) and recommended waiting until the tanks were nearly empty. The price per
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that he quoted was much better than I'm paying now. When I do make a change, I'm very likely to go with this company.
- Mary O.

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1 Source Services of SC

3503 Palm Blvd
Isle Of Palms

1-800 Plumbing Solutions

40 C Trotter Rd
West Columbia

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

Handyman Services LLC

202 W Main St
Lexington

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

Moore Quality Builders

132 Walter Rawl Rd
Lexington

Mr. Rooter Lexington/columbia

Po box 407
Lexington

Nipper & Son Plumbing

329 Poets Walk
Irmo

Oke Plumbing

PO Box 32

Palmetto Water Solutions

234 Jacques Haven Rd
Gaston

Parker Construction

134 Rufus Rd
Swansea

Plumb Krazy

PO Box 407
Lexington

Plumb Pro

9433 Hwy 78
Ladson

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 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

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. #130

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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