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Old 03-17-2012, 06:16 PM   #1
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1500$ for 30 gal gas water heater too expensive?


Hello,
we have to have 5 gas water heaters replaced at our 4-plex. One of them leaked, and we had a licensed plumber come in and stop the leak and tie up the tube.(260$).
The next day he came in and installed a new 30 gal water heater with catch and drain pan, which cost us another 1250$. Is this a fair price?
Are there any less expensive solutions? The gas water heater at Sears costs 350$. Should we have a Sears assistant install it? They claimed it will cost around 200-300 installation fee for each water heater. Seems more cost-effective...
What's your opinion?

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Old 03-17-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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Unless there was some major replumbing that price was way to high if it was in my area.

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Old 03-17-2012, 06:36 PM   #3
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I agree... We live in San Diego, CA... So I am expecting expensive, but not THIS much!!
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:37 PM   #4
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CRAAP! Where do you live? I'll move there that's double that what we get!
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:40 PM   #5
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Plumber 101,
we live in San Diego, CA! Everything is expensive here! Usually plumbers charge 130$/hour.

Should we go with Sears associate to be more-effective?
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #6
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Sorry I should have said. Cost vary depending on the area you live in.

No thanks moving to CA

Here in Ks a typical water heater $650-750

Have a friend in Denver who just had a water heater replace and his bill was $950. So it does vary from place to place.

Have another friend in New York and labor rate last we talked was $175 per hour. Here labor rate is $40-65 p/hr
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:43 PM   #7
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I had heater die on a week-end and spring a leak (they always do it then). I paid through the nose for labor and the plumber had on in his warehouse. Old one out and new one in and hauled away in 2 hours for $750 on a week-end. The installation was a big improvement and it took the inspector about 2 minutes to inspect it (no permit cost, but could have been included somewhere in the $750 because a permit could not be taken out on a week-end, but the inspector knew it was put in.

It was not a super high efficiency heater, but our actual usage is low and the heating cost in the summer months (no house heating then) is less than the monthly hook-up and service charge, so the lower efficiency is not a big factor.

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Old 03-18-2012, 05:39 PM   #8
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Just replaced a 40 gallon natural gas water heater charged the customer $1150.00 heater 417 hand to bring up to code. New valve (ball) re pipe hot and cold Install heater stand .repipe gas line long with sediment trap. cut flew. Open additional opening in exterior for fresh air with grills misc, materials 256.77 the remaining was labor and old tank disposal fee about 25 bucks, time on job 4 hours plumber with helper. Two expensive or reasonable? all water ridgid copper except for gas,
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:26 PM   #9
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might consider installing unions and ball valves on the water lines in/outs if there just stand alone static flue types(not induced drafts)you could change them with those fittings installed in the future..so soldering required.if you don't have at least a ball valve on the entering cold feeds your deserving that $260 tube tie up...

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