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Replacing a Water Heater Cost


How Much Does Replacing a Water Heater Cost?

 
average costTraditional Water Heater: $300-$3,500+, Installedhigh costSolar Water Heater: $1,000-$5,000+; Tankless Water Heater: $1,800-$5,000+, Installed
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There are two basic types of water heaters: the traditional kind with a storage tank and tankless water heaters, which heat water as needed.

Typical costs:

  • With all needed parts and labor, hiring a plumber to install a traditional gas water heater costs $300-$3,500 or more, depending on capacity (with 40 or 50 gallons the most common sizes); length of warranty (typically 5-12 years); and the amount of repairs required to meet current building codes. CostHelper readers report paying an average cost of $948 for a 40 gallon unit (ranging $360-$2,800); an average cost of $1,211 for a 50 gallon unit; and an average cost of $1,937 for a 75 gallon unit (ranging $1,300-$3,588).
  • A tank-style gas water heater can also be purchased at a home improvement store, plumbing supply house or online retailer for $230-$2,000 or more, with installation done separately. Installation costs vary significantly depending on who does the work; the condition of the water heater hook-ups, and if any adaptations are needed to install a new, larger unit in the space. If extensive work is required, installation can cost as much as or more than the water heater. CostHelper readers report paying $70 -$1,706 for installation, for an average expense of $630.
  • An electric water heater can cost $400-$3,000 or more for complete installation of a conventional storage-tank model and $1,800-$4,500 or more for a tankless model (including a 220V/240V outlet). Electric water heaters typically cost less than gas units but are more expensive to operate.
  • Solar water heaters cost $1,000-$5,000 or more, with installation usually included in the purchase price.
  • A central, whole-house, gas tankless water heaters can cost $800-$3,000 or more, without installation. Because tankless systems typically require the addition of a 220V/240V outlet and/or larger-diameter gas pipes than found in an average home, installation can bring the total cost to $1,800-$5,000 or more.
Related articles: Re-Piping a House, Replacing Copper Pipes, Replacing Galvanized Pipes, Tankless Water Heater, Plumber, Electric Water Heater

What should be included:
  • Generally, a one- to two-person household needs a 30-40 gallon water heater while a household of five or more needs 50-80 gallons. However, a tank that puts out more than the household uses hourly wastes money and energy heating extra water. Tankless systems avoid that cost and take up less space, but more than one unit might be needed to shower and run a dishwasher at the same time. The U.S. Department of Energy describes the different types of water heaters[1] .
  • Replacing an old water heater with a similar but updated model is relatively straightforward, but new and more-energy efficient units are often larger, and might not fit the existing space or hook-ups.
  • Check with the local planning department; a permit and inspection may be required. Replacement water heaters typically are required to meet current building codes, which may mean upgrading the existing water and gas lines, installing new valves and other parts, and the addition of an expansion tank[2] to minimize pressure build-up.
Additional costs:
  • Less expensive units may cost the most to operate. The U.S. Department of Energy explains how to estimate and compare water heating costs[3] .
Discounts:
  • Do-it-yourself installation is possible, but can be challenging. This Old House explains how to replace a water heater[4] , calling it a moderate-to-difficult project that takes 2-4 hours and requiring basic plumbing skills plus the strength to wrestle out the old unit and carry in the new one. CostHelper readers report paying $385-$750 for do-it-yourself installation of new water heater, at an average cost of $574, while a New Jersey reader reports paying $2,500 a plumber (triple the normal rate) to fix the botched do-it-yourself installation of a 40-gallon water heater.
Shopping for replacing a water heater:
  • EnergySavers.gov lists tips for selecting a new water heater[5] .
  • CIDNetwork.com lists tips for choosing a plumber[6] .
  • Get several estimates. Request and check references, and be sure the company is properly bonded, insured and licensed[7] . Search for any complaints with the>AA www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews/>Better Business Bureau.
  • A written contract should include a detailed outline of the work required and materials to be used, and dates within which the project will be done.
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Micahel and Son rips off customers
Amount: $2,650.00
Posted by: mltjsong@gmail.com in Springfield, VA.Posted: August 15th, 2014 07:08PM
Capacity: 50Brand: State
Installer: Michael and Son
I have a power vent 50 GAL water heater would not work. M&S came over, offer $900 to fix existing one, but may take 7-9 days because need get part from RUUD. Offer to install a new one at $2650. After the start to work, I learned that Home Depot sells a Rheem 50 GAL power vent for about $1000, plus installation fee of $295. Feel like stupid and being ripped off today. I could made about $1200 in a few hours myself.
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Price of 40 gal ELECTRIC hot water heater purchased at Lowes
Amount: $238.00
Posted by: daniel, rental condos in wilmington, NC.Posted: June 19th, 2014 08:06AM
Capacity: 40 galBrand: Whirlpool
Installer: pages
promised 2.5- 3 hrs. But, billed me at 3.5 x 85.00, plus cost of unit; so, $238 new Lowes Whirlpool, and $322 for labor/install= 560 total in Wilm NC to one bedroom condo, second floor.
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Called in a professional
Amount: $860.00
Posted by: candmlyell in Fayetteville, TN.Posted: May 22nd, 2014 04:05AM
Capacity: 50 gallonBrand: US Craftmaster
We went from a 40 to 50 gallon tank. Pressure gauge was installed. New water pan under tank was included in total cost.
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Natural Gas Hot Water Heater replaced
Amount: $1,054.01
Posted by: Michael Baggett in Mount Olive, AL.Posted: May 2nd, 2014 10:05AM
Capacity: 40 Gal.Brand: Amcerian Co.
Installer: John's Plumbing
My 22 year old gas water heater started leaking badly from the bottom. I called a professional and they were here in about an hour and finished the job in about an hour. I had already turned off the gas and water to the hot water heater and drained the tank. By the looks of the average cost in these posts, I now feel like I came out really good. It's nice to have hot water! If you are reading this in expectation of replacing a hot water heater, be sure to open all of your hot water faucets in each room after the install to clear the pipes of rust and gunk. I was surprised at the gunk that came out of each faucet! You wouldn't want that junk on you taking a shower or on your first load of clothes washing clothes. Yes, turn the clothes washer to hot water and let it allow the dirty water to pass them too. To speed up draining a hot water heater, turn off water to hot water heater, duh... and turn on a hot water faucet. God bless.
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Water heater leak
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: Dzu Huynh in Lynnwood, WA.Posted: September 4th, 2013 07:09PM
Capacity: 50 GalBrand: Rheem
Installer: Washington Energy Services
I noticed my harwood floor in the hallway from the garage was warped. A week later, warping spreads further into the hallway. Checked water heater in garage which is next to hallway wall and found a small leak at bottom of tank in the rear. I was able to McGiver and direct leak to the front and into bucket. Got a few quotes and they were between 1500.00 and 1800.00 with a 10 year warranty. WES came out on same day of phone call and installed new tank, removed the old, new fittings, new expansion tank and permits. Work was completed 2.5 hours. I could go with a cheaper company but decided to go with WES due to excellent reputation in the area. Sale rep took time to explain all my questions and options. Other guys sounded like used car salesman trying to meet quotas.
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Water Heater Replacement
Amount: $1,300.00
Posted by: TE in Middletown, NJ.Posted: May 28th, 2013 04:05AM
Capacity: 50 gallonsBrand: AO Smith
Cost me about $1300 for new water heater and installation, including permit, removal of old heater and repairs to bring up to code. Work done by Peoples Plumbing
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Emergency - 40 Gallon Gas Water Heater leaked in basement
Amount: $1,075.00
Posted by: JH in Hillside, NJ in Hillside, NJ.Posted: March 20th, 2013 09:03AM
Capacity: 40 galBrand: GE
Installer: Local Plumber
Woke up in the morning and tried to take a shower and noticed no hot water. Went to the basement and heard the water leak alarm going off. I called a local plumber that I got off of Angie's List and used several times before. They always gave me a good price.

He came around 12:00pm and turned off the water to the house which stopped the water from leaking from the water heater that I was spending all morning trying to clean up.... He gave me a quote of around $1000 and would be back around 1:30pm to complete the job. Looking back it seems a little high. Especially since people were telling us that it should have cost around $450-$600. I think they used a handyman and did not get permits.
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pro water heater insall
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: David w w in Auburn, AL.Posted: February 28th, 2013 07:02AM
Capacity: 40 galBrand: ge
Installer: Ags (home depot)
I live in a rural area so I didn't have many options to choose from. Home Depot was the lowest bidder at 799. When the guy finally arrived (a day late) he dropped the price to 750 because I had drained the old one.
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Replacing water heater
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: R. Jimenez in Piqua, OH.Posted: February 22nd, 2013 12:02PM
Capacity: 30Brand: Rheem
Installer: Roto Rooter
The plumber replaced my water heater as well as some of the gas pipes and valves that were near it(within 24") and also replaced moved the house shutoff valve for the houses main water(again I say, all within 24" of water heater). I was given an initial estimate of $1600.00 and the final price was $1800.00. I personally think the cost is highway robbery but, it was my choice! The cost of replacing it 8 years previous was less than $700.00 and that was with a local plumber replacing it. If I need it done again I will hire a local plumber again.rnI will say this though, I have had Roto Rooter work done before and have up till now been pleased with the service received.
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Water heater
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Homer in Bloomington, MN.Posted: February 3rd, 2013 07:02AM
Capacity: 40 galBrand: GE
Installer: Me
18 yr old water heater went out on Sunday and I would be gone all week. Wife said fix! Didn't shop around. Went right to Home Depot. Took a few hours to install and couple of trips to hardware store. Found receipt for old heater-$158. Maybe I should have shopped around.
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Micheal and Sons Ripped Off Customer
Amount: $2,800.00
Posted by: VD in Sterling, VA.Posted: December 26th, 2012 06:12PM
Capacity: 50 GallonBrand: State Select
Installer: Micheal and Sons
I had a leak in the ceiling and so called Michael and Sons to check it out, it turned out that it was an open pipe that could be capped. The MS guy told me he would waive off the $200 bucks if I would install a new water as my current water heater had nearly overdone it's time.

He quoted me $2300, for a 6 year warranty 50 Gal State Select Water heater, with 1 year complete warranty on all repair, and 5 years of parts and pay for labor charge,it included 2, 3/4 valve replacements, a plumbing permit and 3 complimentary flushes.

I had not done my research and was thinking about saving $200 bucks and agreed for the $2300 job down the reapir, he mentioned the main valve and pressure divertor were dying and quoted me another $550 bucks for a total of $2800.

After having read the reviews her I feel disappointed, I am never going to call Micheal and Sons ever again for anything. They are a total rip off, please stay away from them.
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Electric water heater replacement 40 gallon
Amount: $588.00
Posted by: Mathis in Clearwater, FL.Posted: November 20th, 2012 02:11PM
Capacity: 40 gallonBrand: Rheem
Installer: Dunedin Plumbing, Inc
I was never told how much the actual heater costs; checking online the one I had installed was around $420, so I assume the balance was labor. Home Depo was about $120 over this cost. Another plumber wanted $288 for instalation.
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Customers have no clue
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: plumber in Edmond, OK.Posted: November 12th, 2012 05:11AM
Capacity: 40-50 gal hwtBrand: any
Installer: licensed plumber
customers really have no clue what they are talking about with these prices. they are giving all these people bad advice go buy a tank and call a handy man to install it? Really folks take that approach with an attorney, or a doctor, or a car repair. Water heater cost are the same across the board just call home depot or lowes they will tell you the price but what are the other cost involved? Well if the tank cost an averge of 400.00 dollars and the average install is 1000.00 to 1500.00 that leaves 600.00 to 1100.00 for installation of a pan,stand, 3/4 ball valve, thermal expansion tank or valve, water flex lines,t&p drain, vent pipping through roof with cap and collor with new flashing, permit and disposal, any type of water line modification, gas lines and drip legs, and gas cocks. It takes three yrs to get licensed, understand that its not the cost of the parts that should be looked at for the price of the job but how many people it takes to operate a company that you can call and talk to someone and to warrenty your water heater. Tht truck they pulled up in with all these tools on it, insurance,work comp, truck insurance, individual insurance for the technition and there family. Do you want a 10 dollar an hour so called plumber trying to install a new water heater. Really folks get a clue, take my advise call a real plumber and just get price quotes dont settle on the first guy that walkes in your home. If you dont mind risking your property or your families life settle for a handy man service. But for me I will always call a professional.
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Replacing gas water heater to electric
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: RonOmaha in Omaha, NE.Posted: November 9th, 2012 09:11AM
Capacity: 40 galBrand: GE
Installer: My self
I have worked in heavy construction in long time but never replace my own heater and when I ran into trouble all Im thinking is I can do this. I googled it first and surprise to find out how much it would cost for contarctors to do it. heres my break down cost.. electric water heater 204 + tax = to 218 , breaker 30 amps 12 dollors and 20 ft wire 10 gage for 220 which is around 20 dollors and 10 dollors pvc pipe and one day of work including electrical saves me money..Just always remember to make sure your tank is full of water before making electrical connections to avoid burning off your heater. Theres a procedure of doing this like turning your faucet on after you make your connections on cold and hot water and turn your main water switch. watch steady flow of water in the hot water faucet this will indicate the tank is full then shut it off to do the rest of work. And use teflon tape when making connections on your pipe securing a proper connections and to avoid all hassles makes sure to get the same height of the old heater your replacing so you can fit the new one right in place with out having to add new pipe.. and among other things make sure the breaker is off when making electrical work of somekind to avoid hassles and check the code for proper installation good luck. is this helpful
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Expensive but quick fix
Amount: $1,870.00
Posted by: a user in Oak Harbor, WA.Posted: October 10th, 2012 04:10PM
Capacity: 40Brand: GE
Installer: Home Depot/Fast Water Heater Company
Our gas water heater burst so we went to Home Depot since I generally trust the contractors that they use. The cost of the tank was around $464 and the plumbing company quoted us $839 over the phone for the combined cost of the water heater and the basic installation and removal of the old unit. We had to pay another $50 to pull the permit and the rep warned me that there may be additional costs to bring our water heater up to code. Now, our old heater was the original unit installed in the late 80s so we were expecting some additional cost, but after the final estimate ($833 in additional charges), we were speechless! Here is what we were charged for: $79 for earthquake straps, $99 for a shut off valve, $179 for an expansion tank, $89 to bond water and gas pipes with 6 awg wire and clamps, $240 to increase vent size to 4", $69 for 2x4 bracing (really?), and $39 to adapt hard plumbing to 3/4" fittings. I'm sure we overpaid, but we had to make a hard decision having no hot water and other plumbers were either unresponsive or unavailable for at least a week.
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50 Gals Water Heater Replacement
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Noli Calingo in La Mirada, CA.Posted: September 27th, 2012 08:09AM
Capacity: 50Brand: Bradford White
Installer: Butin's Plumbing
Saw my garage flooded from water heater leak. I tried not to panic, shut-off the gas and waterline. I YELP for a Christian plumbing for obvious reasons and found one in the area. I took picture and emailed to the plumber and gave me an estimate. !5mins later the service person came to check. They will be back by noon to install. I have faith that they will fix and install the new water heater right.
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electric type water heater
Amount: $684.00
Posted by: microsoft in fort edward, NY.Posted: August 30th, 2012 01:08PM
Capacity: 40gallonBrand: ?
Installer: brunnell P&H
Will find out tomorrow afternoon the brand they installed and how well the job was done when i get home from work; hopefully i get home in time while their over there
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Hot water heater
Amount: $560.00
Posted by: Paulao in 14606, NY.Posted: August 21st, 2012 08:08AM
Capacity: 40 galBrand: Ge
Installer: Home dept
$350 for the tank, Home dept only charged $220 to replace no matter if gas or electric. Rotor Rooter came. Excellent job, same day service.
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Replaced Elec Water Heater
Amount: $875.00
Posted by: Wood in Fredericksburg, VA.Posted: August 2nd, 2012 02:08AM
Capacity: 40>50GalBrand: GE/Rheem
Installer: Local Plumbler
Leaking Ge Smart Water heater w/ 12 year warranty, leaking in last month of warranty. GE units sold by HD are made by Rheem. Called & got repl credit for heater. Then you must buy new one from HD which the pices have MORE then doubled from 12 years ago. Unit we bout 12 years ago for 236. is 525 now with same 12 year warranty! Now they offer 6 year, 9 yr and 12 yr warranty models.. of wither 40 or 50 gal units. Prices are sky high for water tanks... Is it the metal involved? I thought the tanks were fiberglass surrounded by insulation then a metal shell now.
Plumber mad 2 trips and 1.5 book time for removal an replaced/installed 2 shutoff valves. THen 2nd trip installed 50 gal unit I had gotten.. HD didn't have 40 gal 9yr unit had to get 50 gal 9 yr unit to save time and $$. Plumber installed (Metal pan and drain valve to pan (brought it up to Code now) and took 2 hours to installed new one. I had job of Taking old one back to HD so I could get warranty replacement.August 2012
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Replaced Gas Water Heater
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Jim Yates in Salt Lake City, UT.Posted: July 18th, 2012 10:07AM
Capacity: 40Brand:
Installer: Fix It Handyman LLC
I had my old water heater replaced last year the heater itself was about $250.00 and Fix It Handyman installed it for $150.00 I felt like it was a fair price and they did such a great job they were in and out done with the project in about an hour. I would def call them again. If you live in the SLC area of Utah give them a call. 801-717-8757 and this is there website. www.Utah-Handyman.net
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Replaced natural gas water heater
Amount: $1,300.00
Posted by: endlesshotwaterHO in Orange County, CA.Posted: March 6th, 2012 10:03PM
Capacity: 75 gallonBrand: Bradford White
Installer: Crandall\'s Plumbing
extra recovery! Old water heater went out, needed a new one. Did the research and found BW had an excellent reputation but a plumber was the only one who could install it. Searched Yelp and found a few candidates, this was the one I felt most comfortable with. Price just a bit more than a 60 gallon Home Depot heater installed. Feel the BW was a good value. Price included draining and removal of old heater. Did not include pulling city permit, unfortunately. Plumber had to pull door jamb off exterior closet to get the unit in. Install took about 2.5 hours or so. 75 gallon ER tank...1 hour to hot shower- nearly endless hot water for my family of 5.
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Replace TWO Gas Hot Water Heaters
Amount: $1,900.00
Posted by: a user in Garland, TX.Posted: February 23rd, 2012 11:02AM
Capacity: 50 Gal eachBrand: State
Installer: Heritage Plumbing
Friday evening discovered 1 heater (10 yrs old) burner was out and the other(20 yrs old)was leaking badly. Called Rusty Speakes at Heritage Plumbing (972-494-6700). He told me an easy way to seal off (cost $16 in parts)and drain leaky heater until he could get replacements. He installed 2 heaters, 2 drain pans, 4 cutoff valves, and replumbed my system so I could isolate either heater and use the other if I have problems in the future. Rusty has helped me with advice over the phone several times. He is honest and reliable. Rusty does not know I am giving him this recommendation.
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Replacing gas water heater
Amount: $900.00
Posted by: a user in Fremont, CA.Posted: December 27th, 2011 12:12AM
Capacity: 40 galBrand: Bradford
Installer: Plumbing Connection Inc
Gas water tank was found leaking in the garage the day after Christmas. Called Plumbing Connection (had good ratings on Google) in the morning and someone was able to come early afternoon. Able to get $50 off the bill w/ online coupon. Replaced unit and took away the old WH in the same same day. Everything went pretty smoothly.
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Replaced Natural Gas Hot Water Heater
Amount: $450.00
Posted by: VegasSmitty in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: December 17th, 2011 06:12PM
Capacity: 50 galBrand: GE
Installer: Me
How hard is it to replace 2 water pipes and a gas line. Why would you need a permit for a replacement, sonds like some of you are getting ripped off. HWH was $400, Parts kit was $50. Took me 2 hours, and thats with a lunch break.
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New water heater
Amount: $1,300.00
Posted by: CG214 in Dallas, TX.Posted: December 15th, 2011 12:12PM
Capacity: 500Brand: Rheem
Installer: Flow Plumbin
Flooding from water heater, so I had my mom call Home Depot to fix/replace it, but they told her they don't do that kind of work! Don't understand when they have a huge splash on their website with a 1-800 #.rnrnLeak has been going on for a long time until finally it started pouring out from the attic through the pipe that it made the pipe fall off, so I knew it had to be replaced. Flow Plumbing had done work for me before, so they got the job once home depot was a no go. Repair men showed up and said they would get the new heater I wanted, install it, and remove the old one for flat fee of $1300 (new 50 gallon Rheem versus old one was 40 gallon). He said it's usually $1800 but because I already had the pan, pipe and stuff, he took that pricing off the bill. whoa! Since I live out of state and my elderly mother lives in my house, I had to just go with it. My stepfather's friend said he'd do it for alot cheaper but I wasn't sure if he was licensed and could guarantee work. The Flow plumbing repairman explained that the city permit people would come by, and they showed up the next morning to inspect the work. So I feel better, but I am wondering about overpaying for labor.
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Gas Water Heater Replacement
Amount: $1,100.00
Posted by: Sanders in NJ in Willingboro, NJ.Posted: November 18th, 2011 09:11AM
Capacity: 40Brand: A.O. Smith
Installer: Contractor thru PSEG
Obtained quotes from HomeDepot, Lowes and Sears. Cost ranged from $1100-$2000 which included installation. Yes you can buy water heater for $350, but you will have additional cost for installation, delivery,disposal and permit.
Through my PSEG worry free contract the price range was $900-$1300. Includes permit/installation/removal of old water heater. If you call before 1 pm they can replace same day.
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Gas water heater
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: Nawar in Baltimore, MD.Posted: November 15th, 2011 10:11AM
Capacity: 60Brand: GE
Installer: unknown yet
My 15 year old gas water heater busted a month ago. I've been shopping around for a new one. HD quoted me $982 installed with permit, labor and the tank. A plumber was willing to install the unit and realign the water pipes all for 600. had not permit to do it. i.e. total cost would be 800. rnShould a non-licensed plumber be allowed to install a gas water tan heater? what are the consequences?
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water heater replacement
Amount: $755.00
Posted by: hurricane in texarkana, AR.Posted: November 6th, 2011 12:11PM
Capacity: 30 gBrand: whirlpool
Installer: a-1 plumbing
a bit steep but, you pay for what you don't know.
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broken water heater-gas
Amount: $2,200.00
Posted by: bildig in milwaukee, WI.Posted: November 5th, 2011 10:11AM
Capacity: 50gBrand: bradford
Installer: Blau
leaking heater- friday am-called Blau- upfront quote $2200 plus-replaced the same day-I was out of town- I think my wife signed overcharged quote -seems like the highest price on this site.11 yr warranty
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Water Heater replacement
Amount: $842.00
Posted by: TS in mission viejo, CA.Posted: October 3rd, 2011 08:10PM
Capacity: 40 gal gasBrand: Bradford White
Installer: Orange Coast Plumbing
Got tired of replacing Rheem every 9 years which was the reason for the switch to BW. Quotes were all over the place some as high as $1,300. Orange Coast Plumbing were fair, honest and very responsive, work was completed in 2 hours. Hopefully this U.S. made unit will last longer.
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Water heater replacement
Amount: $849.00
Posted by: JC in Union City, CA in Union City, CA.Posted: October 1st, 2011 10:10PM
Capacity: 40 galBrand: Bradford White
Installer: Tom Krauss
18 year old AOSmith started leaking. Called several plumbers from yellow pages and got phone
estimates from 800 to 1400 (learned 2 lessons: don't bother with the first few companies listed in the yellow pages and don't bother with companies that hire receptionists to give estimates, in both cases the estimates will be higher). Also called HD and got phone estimates of $809/919/989 for GE water heaters with warranties of 6/9/12 years. But a technician from Fast Water company would have to come by to give me the final quote. I could smell a scam already and didn't bother having them come out. Went online and put in a request for estimates with Service Master. Three companies were recommended: (1) Better Water Heaters, (2) Juan's Plumbing Services, and (3) On Demand Water Heaters. The first one, BWH, is rated the highest and also had very high ratings on yelp. Got an estimate for $800. When the plumber came, he changed the estimate to 1025 because the hot/cold water lines had to be replumbed, and the gas and T&P lines needed replumbing as well. This was flabbergasting (you always need those lines replumbed when changing water heaters). So, I turned the guy away. The owner of BHW called me back right away and said that his technician's quote was very fair, but I didn't buy it. Finally went back to Action Plumbing Service that I used 8 years ago for my rental.
Tom Krauss is honest and very experienced. But I started shopping around because his quote of $849 was much higher than his $550 quote back in 2003.
Lesson 3: the highest-rated company soon believes they can charge a lot more because they are the highest rated or maybe they paid a lot to Service Master or yelp to get the very high ratings.
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Water heater replacement Quotes
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Carlos in Queens, .Posted: September 20th, 2011 09:09AM
Capacity: 40 GallBrand: AO Smith/12YR/Gas
Installer: Local Plumber
This is the quote i'm getting in Queens NY from two local Plumbers for AOSmith XCV-40. Seems high, as 4 years ago I had a 40 Gal/12YR American WH brand installed by keyspand for 729, including removal. I will get a few more quotes and compare.
Is this a high price?
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Local Plumber + GE 6 YRS LoNox
Amount: $875.00
Posted by: Bobb in Hayward, .Posted: September 17th, 2011 09:09PM
Capacity: 40Brand: GE
Installer: Local Plumber
Heater aprox $500 (inc tax) + 385 install.
Consulted with 8 local plumbers, 3 of which actually showed up + Home Depot install service. Plumbers quoted $1,050 to 1,400. HD, with an initial phone quote of $979, went up to $1,450 after the guy showed up with the heater, which I promptly sent him away. Their HDQ called me 15 minutes later to offer a one time deal, which I promptly rejected, I didn't care what it was, I just don't like playing games, but if you do, try them out see if they blink. I had no good vibes from the install guy anyways. HD may force an inspection fee on you so you must ask. HD also surcharges you if the guy has to climb more than 14 steps. The plumber I finally picked was someone who was installing a heater at my neighbor 6 month ago, and his immediate quote of $875 after actually looking at the job (2nd floor, tight closet) earned him a quick "lets do it." Took him just over an hour.
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Water heater replacement
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: montgobell in Belle Meade, NJ.Posted: September 12th, 2011 08:09AM
Capacity: 75GBrand:
Installer: jersey plumbers
i replaced a water heater. include labor and equipment it cost me $1800.
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  1.  energy.gov/energysaver/articles/selecting-new-water-heater
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