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Old 01-25-2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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So we've eebn trying to install this GE electric 40 gallon hot water
tank for 2 weeks now. lol I give up. I called this plumber I found on
only licensed contractors.com and he wants $450 just for the labor. The whole tank only costs $349. Is this price too high. I will say that this very popular plumbing service wanted almost $1,000 for and expansion tank install and a bunch of nonsense, but i was thinking about $200. Am I being unrealistic?

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Was the price given over the phone, site unseen?

Are you replacing an existing electric tank----electrical service already there?

Is the tank already in place? and does the contractor know that?

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What is it you're having problems with installing yourself? If you already had a standard electric water heater before, all you should have to do is remove the old one, put the new one in it's place, hook up the water lines, fill it up, and re-connect the electricity. This is a DIY forum. Maybe post a picture or tell us more about the problems you're having installing it. I'm sure someone here can help walk you through it.
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OK, without sounding too awfully sarcastic or offended, I will ask you this; If YOU can't install the water heater yourself, how are you going to assume that a price given by a LICENSED PLUMBER is "too high". It's exactly the same as saying that a lawyer charges too much when you know nothing about law.
Being that code REQUIREMENTS change every 3 years or so, the old water heater may have not been up to current code. And any plumber who values what he does for a living, will do the job the right way in accordance with those codes. America is a free market economy and every business has the right to charge what they please depending on what kind of profit margin they are seeking. So if you choose to use that particular business or not is your choice. If you want to hire some SCAB who works out of the back of a beat-up pickup truck, go right ahead. But just make sure you get that "tail light" warranty that you get with most of those type folks. When you call a respectable company, you tend to pay more for their services. They tend to pay for QUALITY employees and have benefits, insurance, 401k, and... well.... you get my drift.
Just don't assume that a price is "too high" unless you know exactly what it is you're getting FOR that money.
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So we've eebn trying to install this GE electric 40 gallon hot water
tank for 2 weeks now. lol I give up. I called this plumber I found on
only licensed contractors.com and he wants $450 just for the labor. The whole tank only costs $349. Is this price too high. I will say that this very popular plumbing service wanted almost $1,000 for and expansion tank install and a bunch of nonsense, but i was thinking about $200. Am I being unrealistic?
I gonna guess the "popular plumbing service" is Roto Rooter. Am I right? The only way you can know if the 450 is right is to get estimates from 2 other reputable contractors and leave the nationwide franchise out of the equation. I have had good luck finding contractors on the Better Business Bureau's website.
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450 is a reasonable price
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I've just got two estimates on replacing and moving my water heater from one spot to another and $450 sounds pretty reasonable. I've had one estimate for 4500$ which included moving the system with a new high efficiency unit. I've recieved another quote for ~$1700 for moving locations with a low efficiency unit and about 3500$ for a tankless high efficiency (gas). The amount of work is minimal as both units will sit under the main water supplies so he basically has to cap two copper tees and put in two more copper tees and connect the water heater. He also needs to extend the flexible gas line which shouldn't be that big of deal b/c it is a straight shot. I'm doing the additional electrical work needed, punching the new hole for the vent, and capping the existing vent. All in all I'd say he is getting about 300$/hour for labor.
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OK, without sounding too awfully sarcastic or offended, I will ask you this; If YOU can't install the water heater yourself, how are you going to assume that a price given by a LICENSED PLUMBER is "too high". It's exactly the same as saying that a lawyer charges too much when you know nothing about law.
Being that code REQUIREMENTS change every 3 years or so, the old water heater may have not been up to current code. And any plumber who values what he does for a living, will do the job the right way in accordance with those codes. America is a free market economy and every business has the right to charge what they please depending on what kind of profit margin they are seeking. So if you choose to use that particular business or not is your choice. If you want to hire some SCAB who works out of the back of a beat-up pickup truck, go right ahead. But just make sure you get that "tail light" warranty that you get with most of those type folks. When you call a respectable company, you tend to pay more for their services. They tend to pay for QUALITY employees and have benefits, insurance, 401k, and... well.... you get my drift.
Just don't assume that a price is "too high" unless you know exactly what it is you're getting FOR that money.
Man, so much anger for the intertubes. The OP was ASKING if it was too high? But definitely thank you for the education in the free market economy that our great nation provides. Heck, our great nation even gives us the freedom to ask if a price they are getting quoted is too much!

Ol guy above me is having some one do work for $300 an hour for one person. Pretty sure for that price you wouldn't even give a 401k, that is straight pension type money.
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Cindy,
No idea where you live, costs vary by city.
Ask a neighbor or look in your church bulletin's advertising section for another name or two. Get additional quotes, then compare them. $400 sounds a bit high to me but not too far off. They have to come, uninstall old heater (drain time), get rid of it, bring in new one, hook up properly, fill, and test. Time is the issue, not the labor per se. Figure ~$80/hour (WAG) and 2 hours minimum you are at 160. Figure in another helper to help lift/move, and double it for 320.
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It doesn't sound unreasonable if it takes the person a at least an hour. If you are worried about 400 for 20 min of work see if they'll work on an hourly rate. Either way you're paying someone skilled to do what you can't and expecting them to stand behind it.

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