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"Was an Angie's List Big Deal; flush water heater. They attempted to drain the water heater to flush it. It would not drain. Seemed to be clogged with a buildup" of deposits inside. The only gripe I have is that they didn't take the initiative to inspect the rest of my plumbing system for problems like the Big Deal said would be included. I would have asked them about it, but I didn't know that was included until I reviewed the offer after they were gone. Shame on me, too.

-Sean M.

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for over 7 years. I first met him when he was with
and installed my dishwasher. He has been back" several time to our home... Installed our water heater, installed 3 toilets, a few other things I can't quite remember. He is friendly professional, very knowledgeable, explains things when I look confused and if I have a diy, he will tell me how to do it to save a few bucks. We trust him explicitly.

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When Should I Replace My Water Heater?

Angie Hicks responds to a homeowner who says her water heater is past its expected lifetime.

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.

tankless water heater
Water Heaters

Your family’s needs play a large role in whether a storage or tankless water heater is right for you.

A tankless water heater takes up less room and heats water on demand. It can last more than twice as long as a standard tank water heater. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Patti C. of Mobile, Alabama)
Water Heaters

There are good reasons why many folks choose to go tankless. Learn why saving money isn’t one of them.

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Water Heaters

You never know when you will need to shut off the gas.

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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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 Repair And Installation reviews in Bristol

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The installation went smoothly, they were on time and professional. The water heaters work great and we've had no issues. The recirculating pump did not work, but the owner has been very responsive about coming back out to troubleshoot the problem. The problem has not yet been resolved, but we have a follow up appointment this week. Despite the issues with the pump, I would recommend their services.
- James R.
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Went well, short notice service call. Installer had all necessary parts and completed work in a very timely manner.
- John P.
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I ordered the 960.00 angies list coupon, for a full install of a new heater, and removal of the old one on a sunday afternoon. I was called a couple hours later and set up a next day install. The time was set for a window of 12-5. Around 3pm on Monday I got a call from
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the tech, saying he cant get there on time, I told him being late was fine, we need the heater. So we agreed on 5:30pm.
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noticed the heater might be too tall for my set up so he went and got a smaller one. He got started about 7pm. Around 9:30 he was done and on his way. Everything cleaned up and working properly. Great stuff.
- jeff M.
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No surprises, which is what I like.
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gave me a firm quote site unseen and said there would be no additional costs or fees and he was true to his word. After doing some research I feel I got a good price for a quality product. Another Angie's List contractor was a $100 higher while a third one was $1,200 higher. This was not an emergency job but they were able to replace both within a couple of days after I called. The two installers showed up on time, they were very polite young gentlemen and they did a great job despite the 100+ degree temperatures in my attic. When removing the old units they completely wrapped them to make sure no water dripped onto the carpet when they hauled them down, little things like that impress me.
I absolutely would use
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again and I highly recommend them.
- Stephen S.
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We had a communication issue regarding the date of service but once we worked that out, everything went smoothly. Our hot water heater was in out pulldown attic. We received quotes to put a tankless water heater down in our finished basement. They were $400 cheaper than the other quotes. They were professional and did a wonderful job. I highly recommend them
- alberto R.
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Customer service was great. Found
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through Angie's List. Also did some research and went to Home Depot to find out cost of water heaters. Turns out they also contract
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for installations. Angie's List had a discount so decided to use them directly as opposed to going through Home Depot. Service was great! They were on time, very professional, and courteous. They also installed a CO2 detector in our house since we didn't have one.
- Aileen W.
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They initially had scheduled to do it Friday evening but they had some truck problems and we had to reschedule for Tuesday morning. They were punctual, professional and done within an hour.
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was very professional and explained everything he did and his recommendations. They had to install an extra piece, so the total price was $1200.
- Sanka P.
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It went very smoothly. I called and spoke to the secretary and asked that someone come look at our water heater that was leaking water. She said they would be here between 12-5. At about 11-12, I got a phone call from
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and he said he was going to come down. He arrived about 15 minutes later. He was very personable and easy to talk to, very professional. We discussed what kind of water to get and called up his boss to make sure we could get it. He gave me the price for it which I agreed to. He went down in the basement and started taking the old one down. In the meantime, he had other people going to pick up the new one and get everything that needed to go with it. They came back at an appropriate time and were able to bring the new one in easily. They finished the job and everything went well. The water started getting warm as soon as it was hooked up and we tested all of the faucets to make sure they work. They took pictures for the warranty and said they are going to email me all of the information. Everything went smoothly and without a hitch. It was a little on the expensive side, but I wanted to make sure I got one with features that will make it last a long time so I don't have to have it replaced again soon.
- Paul K.

Water Heater Installers in Bristol, CT

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A & D Appliance, LLC

785 Terryville Avenue
Bristol

Absolute Mechanical Systems LLC

62 Berlin St.
Southington

Advance Plumbing & Heating Inc- Newington

700 D N Mountain Rd
Newington

Aiello Home Services

PO Box 548
Windsor Locks

Air Temp Mechanical Services

360 Captain Lewis Dr
Southington

All Plumbing Repair Inc

PO Box 853
Tolland

ALL TEMP COOLING AND HEATING, LLC

400 Chapel Road
South Windsor

Andy Wotton Plumbing & Heating

26 Kimberly Rd
West Hartford

Antares Design

20 Wilson Ave
Windsor

Apples to Apples Inc.

1204 Main Street
Branford

AppliancePartsPros.com

16501 Ventura Blvd Ste 500

Assurance Power Systems

1595 SW 4th Avenue

Atlantic Mechanical Services Inc

345 Nutmeg Road South
South Windsor

Automatic TLC Energy

64 Oakland Ave
East Hartford

BD Plumbing & Heating

266 Silas Deane
Wethersfield

Beacon Mechanical Service

12 Mechanicsville Rd
Granby

BEECH AIR

379 Goshen Rd
Torrington

BENDER KITCHEN DESIGN GALLERY

335 EAST ST
New Haven

Bill the Plumber

78 Rossi Dr
Bristol

Brookman Plumbing LLC

1112 Palisado Ave.
Windsor

Brooks Energy

1 Canal St
Terryville/Bristol

Bryans Plumbing

72 Peck St
Milford

Campbell Cooling LLC

419 Robbins Avenue
Newington

CARLYN MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS LLC

103 TRYON ST
South Glastonbury

Castle Developers, LLC

1131 Tolland Tpke.
Manchester

Chickos Energy Services

230B Rowe Ave
Milford

Chris's Plumbing

30 Dwight St
New Britain

Classic Plumbing by Reno

267 Beths Ave.
Bristol

Clog Master LLC

400 Middle St
Bristol

COASTAL INC PLUMBING AND HEATING

14 Marion Ave.
Milford

connecticutwindow

PO BOX 809
Somers

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Donald Sullivan and Sons

980 South Main Street
Plantsville

Douglas Mechanical Services Inc

47 Northhampton Ln
Plainville

DPMHANDYMANSERVICES, LLC

118 jude ln
Southington

East Coast Mechanical Inc

1187 Highland Ave
Cheshire

Empire Remodeling

27 Joseph St
Manchester

Field Plumbing and Heating

123 W Main St
Plainville

FJ CHARD & SONS

2 STONY HILL RD
Burlington

Fletcher's Plumbing & Heating

216 Central St
Bristol

G.J. Giacco, Corp.

10 Cooper St.
Meriden

Glasco Heating & Air Conditioning Inc

56 Glendale Rd
South Windsor

Greco & Haines Inc

1730 Derby Milford Rd
Derby

Handyworks Remodeling

50 Wild Life Dr
Wallingford

HARP Mechanical and Home Services LLC

483 Spring St
Windsor Locks

Hulse H Inc

294 Benton St
Stratford

Independent Mechanical

PO box 304
Uncasville

J & J Construction

2402 Harbor View Drive
Rocky Hill

Jamestown Technologies

280 Callegari Dr
West Haven

JIM T'S PLUMBING SERVICE

607 South Stone St.
West Suffield

JLS Design LLC.

1 Prospect St
New Britain

Joe the Plumber

45 Gordon Dr
South Windsor

K & M Plumbing LLC

31 Meadow Ridge Rd
Northfield

Kellner Plumbing & Heating, LLC

310 Nutmeg Road South
South Windsor

L-Train Electric

130 Marlborough St
Portland

Lassen Heating & Cooling LLC

230 South Washington Street
Plainville

LAURETTI PLUMBING INSTALLS LLC.

785 Middle St # 5
Bristol

Link Mechanical Services Inc

34 Walnut Street
New Britain

M WILCOX HEATING LLC

PO BOX 306
Naugatuck

Macca Plumbing & Heating

284 Locust St
Hartford

MALANGONE PLUMBING, LLC

17 Mix Avenue
West Haven

Marx Diversified Interests

70 Yorkshire Dr
Hebron

MASSELLI & SONS PLUMBING & HEATING

66 FREESTONE AVE
Portland

Master Mechanical LLC

2649 North Main Street
Waterbury

Matt's Pro Plumbing Inc

43 Brooke Meadow Rd
Berlin

Mechanical Medic LLC

31 Oakridge Rd
Bristol

Mikes Home Improvement LLC

460 Miller Rd
South Windsor

Miller Plumbing & Heating

147 Park Rd
West Hartford

Mirando Plumbing LLC

56 Elliott Dr
Plantsville

MTR, LLC

44 Goose Lane
Tolland

Mylo Plumbing & Heating

27 Commerce St
Glastonbury

Mystique Oil LLC

37 Twining St
Bristol

Northern Comfort Services LLC

160 Sandbank Rd.
Cheshire

Nutmeg Mechanical Services Inc

130 Utopia Rd
Manchester

Nutmeg Plumbing & Heating

78 Haddam Neck Rd
East Hampton

Oakwood Plumbing and Heating

15 Oakwood Ave
West Hartford

Pelletier Mechanical Services, LLC

194 E Main St
Thomaston

PerfectView Remodeling LLC

1640 John Fitch Blvd
South Windsor

Petro Home Services

9 West Broad St
Stamford

PETRONE PLUMBING & HEATING LLC

45 Black Birch Rd
Wethersfield

Phase 2 Services Inc

PO Box 22
Glastonbury

PHD Services LLC

PO Box 241
Cromwell

Plumbers Plus LLC

P.O. Box 131
Watertown

Plymouth Oil Service Inc

P. O. Box 297 25 Burr Rd
Plymouth

POSITANO PLUMBING INC

186 WEST ST #2
Bristol

Preferred Propane/ellington oil

64 Windsor Ave
Vernon Rockville

PSM Remodeling

244 Handel Road
East Hartford

Quality Home Systems

2328 Chamberlain Hwy

Rapid Plumbing Service Inc.

11 Homesteader Lane
West Haven

Ray Page Plumbing, Inc

24 Werner Drive
Vernon Rockville

Raymond Road Sewer and Drain

37 Raymond Rd
West Hartford

Reliable Plumbing & Pump Service

17A Herman Drive
Simsbury

Rhodes Pump Service

2351 Boston Post Rd
Guilford

Rick's Plumbing Service Inc

1050 Bridgeport Ave
Milford

Riley Plumbing & Heating

293 New Britain Rd
Kensington

RJ Riquier Inc Plumbing Heating A/C

415 Boston Post Rd
North Windham

Rogue Mechanical

30 Vanderbuilt Rd
Bristol

Rutkowski Plumbing and Heating

62A Broad St
New Britain

Scoville Plumbing & Heating

311 S Main St
Torrington

SEARS HARDWARE STORE

852 N COLONY RD
Wallingford

Service Stars Inc

48 Pembroke Road
Danbury

Shield St 24/7 Plumbing Co

152 Shield St
West Hartford

SM Welch Remodeling

16 Ogden Lord Road
Marlborough

STAR GAS SERVICE/ARROW GAS

195 COMMERCE WAY
South Windsor

STATE LINE OIL

514 SALMON BROOK ST
Granby

STAWSKI PLUMBING LLC

110 ALBANY AVE
New Britain

Superior Fuel Inc.

240 Railroad Hill St
Waterbury

Superior Stone and Fireplace LLC

3876 Whitney Ave
Hamden

Taylor Energy

152 Broadbrook Rd
Broad Brook

Titan Electrical Services, LLC

280 Schoolhouse Road
Cheshire

Tommy's Oil Service

309 Addison Rd
Glastonbury

Top Level Inc

180 Wetherell St
Manchester

Total Mechanical Systems LLC

140 New Britan Ave
Plainville

Trinks Brothers Oil

86 Sanrico Dr
Manchester

UGO DiGrazia HEATING & COOLING

436 FRANKLIN AVE
Hartford

Valley Energy Co

321 Albany Turnpike
Canton

Viglione Heating & Cooling Inc

259 Commerce St
East Haven

VIKING FUEL OIL CO

10 CROSSROADS PLZ
West Hartford

W L Heating & Cooling LLC

59 King Spring RD
Windsor Locks

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Water Dr LLC

14 Greenfield Dr.
Ansonia

Water Heater Medic

8 River St
Vernon Rockville

Water Heater Medic

8 River St
Vernon Rockville

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