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was very professional. He explained what he was going to do before starting and was quite clear that if we had any questions about what" he was doing, he would stop and explain, that he did not mind interruptions to make sure we were satisfied. Job was completed quickly, work area was kept neat and cleaned up nicely at end. Once complete,
provided recommended operating and maintenance guidance. He also made sure our existing hot water recirculating pump was re installed and functioning. Overall, I am very pleased and would recommend this company for future work.

-Marcella M.

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was a very good technician, friendly and on time.
followed up well with the appointment planning. Everything works well now.

-Rebecca Y.

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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?

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

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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.

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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 Charlottesville

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I live in a unique condominium that has the Water heater on the 3rd floor. I was given an assessment of what could be the problem. I was provided the same information on the internet that I found via my own investigation though he did provide a printed version which was greatly appreciated. I was given quotes to replace every component that could be the cause of the problem (approached it with a shotgun fix) as well the labor. The engineer/technician was very punctual and professional. I asked for several quotes on all the parts and labor as well quotes for a new Water heater before the technician left and he noted it. I waited from Wednesday until Monday before e-mailing them as I had not received any response to my quotes. Monday (after sending a reminder) I got a response from
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. He gave me a quote for all the parts and labor. I then asked for a quote on a replacement Water heater with all new components. He responded by telling me the following, "Our business expertise for 33 years has been water treatment and our licensed plumbers have much experience in plumbing, products and applications for water treatment. Your current water heater setup is something we are not familiar with. After talking with our licensed plumbers and our president, we recommend you contact a company with more experience in heater products and applications."
Now I have to start all over. Moreover, My water heater was working 95% of the time and I wanted to get it fixed before it stopped working entirely. After the technician left on Wednesday, it has not worked, at all, since.
I did ask if they specialized in Water heaters prior to requesting a specialist and they confirmed. Back to the drawing board for me.
I cannot say I would or would not recommend their services, but I can say that they were only willing to perform work under their conditions without offering any other professional and/or friendly advice.
Thank you,
Dissatisfied customer w/o any hot water
- Shannon C.
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On call workers made the repair on a Saturday, where given prompt notification by
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when to expect arrival. Guys where really trying to work a little faster than what I would of preferred which caused them to move a half filled water heater out on a 2 wheel cart. The cart broke my glued down
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to water heater room on my laminate floor getting a "run" to get over it, which in turn caused them to
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water heater off the cart onto my living room floor, what saved them from more damage was the fact they rolled my area rug up and trapped the floor. Overall this turned out to be a fast job and got hot water back into the home in timely manner.
- Johnie W.
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They had pretty good follow up. They called ahead of time to let me know when they were coming out and they arrived on time. They did have to come back a couple of times to make some adjustments.
- James L.
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The communication was good. He brought the new water heater with him, replaced it, and took the old water heater away. He cleaned up all the trash and left everything tidy and clean.
- Frederick M.
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Pulled 2nd floor toilet, used camera but unable to clear it or see anything. Used shop vac to suck out as much water as possible from sewer stack. Poured 2 bottles of antifreeze down drain to aid ice break. Used heater/hair dryer to heat up pipe. Used camera to keep knocking at clog until it broke up and cleared. Reset toilet, tested, and charged $625 when they said $225 per hour and it took about 2 hours.
- Sherrie S.
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Within 2 hours, they took out the old one, installed a new one, and vacuumed out all of the residual water that was flooding my home. Their service was excellent and they were very punctual. I mentioned I was a member of Angie's List and he even knocked off $45 of the total quote.
- Jim B.
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They came by, assessed our needs, installed the new water heater, took away the old one, and cleaned up after themselves. They were very timely. They didn't drag out the work. They did a great job.
- Sharon J.
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was on time to install hot water heater. He called in advance to let me know he was on his way. He installed quickly and filled me in on important things to know. Very professional and friendly. I highly recommend.
- Yetta L.

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A-Abel

440 Congress Park Dr

Absolute Plumbing

134 #3 Crossroad Center
Troy

Aim To Please Plumbing & Electric

3660 S Leonard Springs Rd

Air Flow Systems

1134 Rose Hill Dr
Charlottesville

Albemarle Heating & Air, Inc.

102 Keystone Pl
Charlottesville

Albemarle Plumbing

2150 Stonyt Point Road
Charlottesville

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

AppliancePartsPros.com

16501 Ventura Blvd Ste 500

ARS / Rescue Rooter Manassas - 9201

9070 Euclid Ave
Manassas

Baker Plumbing LLC

685 Flower Dr
Mc Gaheysville

Basic Plumbing

23025 Lahore Rd.
Orange

BB Service Co

12 Riverwood Ct
Palmyra

Beck Cohen

215 Avon Streeet
Charlottesville

Boyer & Sons Electrical

505 Mill Rd
Dillwyn

Brad Santmyer

1909 Cedar Hill Rd.
Charlottesville

Carlos Camayo

9290 Towerside Dr
Fairfax

CAVALIER ENTERPRISES

2025 Square Dance Ct
Virginia Beach

Constructive Innovations

1040 E Thornton Dr

Curtis Heating & Cooling

5391 Three Notch'D Rd
Crozet

Dave's Rent A Husband Handyman Service

9772 Louisa Rd
Gordonsville

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Fluvanna Plumbing Service

320 Fawn Lake Ln
Palmyra

Hanley Well Pump Service

166 Dale Rd
Bumpass

Home & Farm Services LLC

5402 James Madison Hwy
Fork Union

J Marsh LLC

735 Jefferson Drive
Palmyra

JLK Inc

1224 Monticello Rd
Charlottesville

John H. Coleman Co LLC

702 E Jackson Avenue

LAKESIDE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS

4344 DAVIS HWY
Louisa

LOWE'S

400 WOODBROOK DR
Charlottesville

Michael & Son Services Inc

5740 General Washington Dr
Alexandria

Michael & Son Services Norfolk

5845 N Hampton Blvd
Virginia Beach

Michaels Home Services

22 Red Cedar Road

MORRY THE HANDYMAN

24605 DIANNE DR

Murphy Family Electric

500 North Washington St
Alexandria

Myers Plumbing

2803 Burnt Mill Rd.
Charlottesville

Pat Scales Remodeling

5880 Linworth Rd

Paul's Plumbing

4 Apple Court
Waynesboro

Penfield Plumbing

533 West Commercial Street

Piedmont Facilities Management

2811 Hydraulic Rd
Charlottesville

Quality Services

Gordonsville

Richmond Window Corporation

2810 W Cary St
Richmond

Robertson Electric

2131 Berkmar Dr
Charlottesville

Robinson's Plumbing Service

420 Southlake Blvd
Richmond

RooterMan of Virginia

3675 Dobleann Drive
Charlottesville

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services

9836 Seminole Trl
Ruckersville

SELECT KITCHEN & BATH

5217 LONSDALE DR
Springfield

Smith Plumbing

3540 Buck Island Rd
Charlottesville

Speedy-Rooter, Inc.

P.O. Box 6337
Charlottesville

SULLIVAN HOME MAINTENANCE

55 TURKEY SAG TRL
Palmyra

Tarvin Plumbing

3749 Eastern Ave.

Trademark Construction Services

PO Box 72721
Richmond

Virginia Plumbing Systems

P.O. Box 621
Palmyra

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Williams Custom Carpentry and Handyman

403 riverside dr.
Schuyler

Zeh Plumbing Heating & Cooling

276 Arch Ave
Waynesboro

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