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

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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 Sun Prairie

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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 Sun Prairie, WI

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4 Lakes Plumbing Inc

4617 Dovetail Dr
Madison

A+ Plumbing

11014 Blackhawk Dr
Blue Mounds

A-A Exteriors

N2575 Orchard Way
Waupaca

Adams Columbia Electric Cooperative

401 E Lake St
Friendship

Addie Water Systems

1520 Plainfield Ave
Janesville

Advanced Home Services

837 Royster Ave
Madison

Al Beyers Indoor Comfort Systems

209 W North St
Cambridge

All Clear Plumbing LLC

112 E Kohler St
Sun Prairie

All Comfort Services Inc

5245 Voges Rd
Madison

AppliancePartsPros.com

16501 Ventura Blvd Ste 500

Aqua Plumbing

Sun Prairie

Avid Plumbing LLC

2330 Vondron Rd
Madison

BADGER CHIMNEY , LLC

2710 MCDIVITT RD
Madison

Badger Water LLC

1001 N Page St
Stoughton

Benjamin Plumbing Inc

5396 King James Way
Madison

BigTen Plumbing LLC

979 New Hampton Dr.
Oregon

BUTLER W F PLUMBING INC

2602 MONROE ST
Madison

CaPaul Plumbing, LLC

624 W Mohawk Trail
De Forest

Cardinal Heating & A/C Inc

3361 Brooks dr.
Sun Prairie

Chris Elke Plumbing

4705 Lafayette Dr
Madison

Cooper Plumbing LLC

161 Horizon Dr
Verona

Culligan Total Water

5002 World Dairy Dr
Madison

DAVE JONES PLUMBING & HEATING INC

2225 KILGUST RD
Madison

Derek Frank Plumbing, LLC

1008 Fish Hatchery Rd
Madison

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

E & D Water Works Inc

915 N Parker Dr
Janesville

E-Z PLUMBING CO INC

400 LINCOLN ST
Verona

Easy Way

1310 Baitinger Ct
Sun Prairie

Electric Medic - A division of Gaffney Electric

1897 Broadway Rd
Wisconsin Dells

Fitchburg Plumbing

5241 Dommers Dr
Fitchburg

Footville Heating & Cooling Inc

421 Highway 11 W
Footville

Forest Plumbing LLC

6645 Glenview Rd
De Forest

Four Season Heating & Cooling Inc

215 W Netherwood St
Oregon

Fowler Heating & Air Conditioning

4503 Wisconsin Ave
Mc Farland

Hammer Builders LLC

9830 Dunlap Hollow Rd
Mazomanie

Harker Heating & Cooling

87 W Beltline Hwy
Madison

High Tech Heating & AC Inc

2395 Highway BB
Cottage Grove

Hometown Plumbing LLC

3610 Lexington Ave
Madison

J O Plumbing Incorporated

P. O. Box 646
De Forest

K & N Services

9920 W St Rd 213
Beloit

Landmark Services Cooperative

1401 Landmark Dr
Cottage Grove

laurie electric and contracting

6143 dell dr.
Madison

LICHTFELD PLUMBING

5001 FEMRITE DR
Madison

LORENTZ PLUMBING

2406 WILLARD AVE
Madison

MADISON PLUMBING

5021 W NETHERWOOD RD
Oregon

Mefford Plumbing LLC

5850 Knickmeier Rd
Mazomanie

Mr Sparky LLC

4840 Ivywood Trl
Mcfarland

Oasen Plumbing

3862 Johns St
Madison

OLIVER'S PLUMBING & REMODEL

PO BOX 72
Sun Prairie

PERKINS HEATING

6897 NORWAY RD
Sun Prairie

Pete's Plumbing Service LLC

3734 Richard St
Madison

Plumbing Specialist

676 Sugar Ave
Belleville

Prairie Pumbing & Heating Inc

402 John Quincy Adams St
Sauk City

PREFERRED ELECTRIC & HEATING

6891 LEONARD RD
De Forest

Project Home

1966 S Stoughton Rd
Madison

Property Image Llc

967 Jonathon Dr
Madison

Renovate This Place, LLC

17 Arial Cir
Madison

Robin Hood Plumbing, LLC

10 Iris Bloom Cir
Madison

S & S Plumbing LLC

N7333 Rock Lake Road
Lake Mills

Sauk Plains Plumbing & Pumps Inc

1620 Park St
Cross Plains

Schulz Plumbing

4684 Toepfer Rd
Middleton

Shackelford Heating & Cooling

2117 S Stoughton Rd
Madison

Solar Pro WI LLC

1213 Melby Drive
Madison

Stahl Plumbing Service LLC

PO Box 620425
Middleton

STOPPLEWORTH PLUMBING LTD

7750 US HWY. 14
Middleton

Sure-Fire Inc

617 Washington St
Horicon

Swinehart Plumbing

375 N. Burr Oak
Oregon

SYSTEM AND REPAIRS

PO BOX 3091
Madison

Terry Kahl Plumbing Inc

305 Industrial Cir
Stoughton

Terrytown Plumbing Inc

465 S Blvd
Baraboo

Triggs Plumbing

1723 Beld St
Madison

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Warren Heating & Air Conditioning

1741 Commercial Ave
Madison

WATER DOCTORS

901 NORTH GRANDVIEW BLVD
Waukesha

We Aim To Please

4023 E Tower Rd
Mc Farland

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