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50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Scammed ()
Date: January 02, 2012 02:30PM

Can someone please tell me how much they've paid in labor in the past 6 months to replace a gas water heater. I just paid $1750 for a new heater, valve and labor. The valve was $100, the heater about $895 (per Internet prices) and labor $755. The labor expense seems very high. It took 2.5 hours to install. Feedback is appreciated.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: KeepOnTruckin ()
Date: January 02, 2012 03:01PM

The thing is heavy, did you make the guy move your new heater down a set of stairs and your old heater back up them? I would charge 200 just for moving the damn things, let alone connecting all the piping. Since it's gas he has to be extra careful connecting the gas lines, leak test it, etc, a lot of tedious work

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Scammed ()
Date: January 02, 2012 04:11PM

No, both the new and old were bought into the basement from ground level via a sliding glass door.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: graymoose1 ()
Date: January 02, 2012 04:16PM

You got fucked

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W.W.S.D. what would Scooby Doo

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: coldwater ()
Date: January 02, 2012 04:20PM

lolllllllll


BURNED



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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: kid dynomite ()
Date: January 02, 2012 04:20PM

yup, you got fucked.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: 6X ()
Date: January 02, 2012 05:07PM

Didn't they tell you how much it would be before they replaced it?

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Hatemotor ()
Date: January 02, 2012 05:19PM

Also, did they take the old one with them? , dumping those things isn't free,,,

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Scammed ()
Date: January 02, 2012 05:20PM

I was out of town so my wife had to handle the situation. They told her the old heater was leaking gas. Figured I'd handle pricing when I got home. In the end they'll (a supposively reputable contractor) will pay in that I'll post the info on-line which will make at least one or two individuals think twice about using the contractor.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: 6X ()
Date: January 02, 2012 05:35PM

Are you going to tell us who, or should we guess? I know one that uses subs that can make up their own price.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Al Gore ()
Date: January 02, 2012 05:39PM

This is why I invented Angieslist. You got robbed. Next time, do your homework. Pay the ho, read the reviews, and see what others in the area paid for their water heater.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: 6X ()
Date: January 02, 2012 05:59PM

Scammed Wrote:
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> I was out of town so my wife had to handle the
> situation. They told her the old heater was
> leaking gas.

Every time I had a water heater go bad it was leaking WATER not gas.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Boiled Rabbit ()
Date: January 02, 2012 06:15PM

I paid $1200 for 50 gallon gas water heater installed by Croppe Metcalf

I wanted and researched the heck out of the tankless water heaters but in a townhouse there is no way to meet ventilation code unless it is an end unit.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: mjs ()
Date: January 02, 2012 06:33PM

hosed big time...

cost of installing a hot water heater should not be any mroe than 2-300 bucks tops. now if you live in a mcmansion you regularly get hosed on pricing. I love crop.... but as of late their prices have been going up. I just got a price to plumb in 15 feet of gas line Simple job, exposed ceiling. 1700 bucks from micheal and sons..

Angies list is almost as a big a scam as the BBB. Angie will ask contractors for money for premium placements and removal of bad reviews.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: 6X ()
Date: January 02, 2012 06:43PM

mjs Wrote:
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> hosed big time...
>
> cost of installing a hot water heater should not
> be any mroe than 2-300 bucks tops. now if you
> live in a mcmansion you regularly get hosed on
> pricing. I love crop.... but as of late their
> prices have been going up. I just got a price to
> plumb in 15 feet of gas line Simple job, exposed
> ceiling. 1700 bucks from micheal and sons..
>
> Angies list is almost as a big a scam as the BBB.
> Angie will ask contractors for money for premium
> placements and removal of bad reviews.


Um, Did someone say M & Sons was high?

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Realist327 ()
Date: January 02, 2012 07:38PM

Scammed Wrote:
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> I was out of town so my wife had to handle the
> situation. They told her the old heater was
> leaking gas. Figured I'd handle pricing when I
> got home. In the end they'll (a supposively
> reputable contractor) will pay in that I'll post
> the info on-line which will make at least one or
> two individuals think twice about using the
> contractor.


You got a water heater that was leaking gas replaced for less than 2k and you are pissed off????
You need to go volunteer at a burn center for a few days.
Sounds like this contractor took care of your family when you could not.


selfish prick.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: antagonist ()
Date: January 02, 2012 07:44PM

they fucked the shit out of you.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: 6X ()
Date: January 02, 2012 07:49PM

So, why did your wife call? Did she smell gas? Was it leaking water? Did she run out of hot water in the shower?

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Scammed ()
Date: January 02, 2012 07:56PM

6X Wrote:
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> So, why did your wife call? Did she smell gas? Was
> it leaking water? Did she run out of hot water in
> the shower?


I told my bitch wife to turn off the gas and take cold showers for awhile but she could not wait for a few days while I was in AC.
This plumber guy came along and ripped me off, she paid him with my mastercard and this caused me to run short of cash in AC!
I barely had enough cash to make it home.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: 80 gallon water heater ()
Date: January 02, 2012 08:00PM

We paid $1,300 for a new 80 electric water heater. Included everything.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: 6X ()
Date: January 02, 2012 08:02PM

Scammed Wrote:
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> 6X Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > So, why did your wife call? Did she smell gas?
> Was
> > it leaking water? Did she run out of hot water
> in
> > the shower?
>
>
> I told my bitch wife to turn off the gas and take
> cold showers for awhile but she could not wait for
> a few days while I was in AC.
> This plumber guy came along and ripped me off, she
> paid him with my mastercard and this caused me to
> run short of cash in AC!
> I barely had enough cash to make it home.


Ok, troll, you got what you deserved.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: mjs ()
Date: January 02, 2012 08:45PM

6X Wrote:
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> Um, Did someone say M & Sons was high?

i think 100 bucks per foot of gas line installed is high...

nice guy who quoted the price adn all, very professional. but thats a bit steep IMO.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Hey ()
Date: January 02, 2012 09:00PM

Hi,
We pay about $400-450 for 50 gallon gas.
We charge $400 including one new ball valve for labor.
We mark up the heater $250.

$1100ish.
We do 10 per week.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Who? ()
Date: January 02, 2012 09:28PM

Who the fuck ARE you then?

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: wnrsm ()
Date: January 02, 2012 11:00PM

Michael & Son are scammy. If you are getting prices and they insist that your spouse be with you to review the quote, they're going to upsell the shit out of you. I pressed them for a price and they priced themselves out of the running.

Also, why even buy a hot water heater? If the water is hot, it does not need to be heated. Do you get your water from a hot spring under your house?

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: _Gunner ()
Date: January 02, 2012 11:04PM

mjs Wrote:
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> Angies list is almost as a big a scam as the BBB.
> Angie will ask contractors for money for premium
> placements and removal of bad reviews.


Instead of using Angie's List, recommend you use Washington CheckBook Magazine.

http://www.checkbook.org/

When you subscribe, you're given access to their on-line ratings and reviews which list all of the plumbers servicing Fairfax County along with consumer reviews and a grade on a scale of 1-100 for providing "superior service."

Subscription price is $34 / 2 years - a small price to pay.

Tne top plumbers are (minimum 25 ratings):

Ferlo's Plumbing 100%
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-273-8080

Calabrese Plumbing 98%
3162 Plantation Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-277-1906

Hawkey Plumbing 98%
8248 Sunset Dr
Manassas, VA 20110

Waterworks 96%
4033 Hunt Rd
Fairfax, VA 22032
703-323-8289

Andrews Plumbing 96%
10816 Colton St
Fairfax, VA 22032
703-273-5554


Neighborhood Plumber 92%
9756 Rehanek Ct
Burke, VA 22015
703-866-5500

Star Plumbing & Water Heater Express 91%
PO Box 2351
Springfield, VA 22152
703-569-4480

I've used Star for many years, they are oustanding. They specialize in 24 hour response for hot water heater replacement and work with customers on makes/models/pricing. (I have not used them for h/w heater replacement, but customers on Checkbook praise their service. I've only used them for faucets, toilets, garbage disposals and such.)

By the way, with a 51% rating is

Michael & Son Services
5730 General Washington Dr
Alexandria, VA 22312
703-658-3998

and at 60% is

Cropp Metcalfe
2816 Dorr Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
703-751-9500

Pulling up the rear is

Scott A Gallagher 36%
8300 Kay Ct
Annandale, VA 22003
703-645-9350

Acclaimed Plumbing 32%
8621 Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22031
703-642-6500

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Fairfax ()
Date: January 03, 2012 02:29AM

Also stay away from 'MY PLUMBER’. They also are extremely expensive. Charged my father $1850. It was on a Sunday. I suggested he wait until Monday and call a few other places but he had the "must have it to NOW" syndrome. The 'MY Plumber' people prey on these people and likely the fact that he is elderly too.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Fairfax ()
Date: January 03, 2012 02:36AM

I agree. Checkbook magazine is great. I have subscribed for 15 years. It will pay for its self several times over on the first repair. Totally non profit, non bias.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: educated consumer2 ()
Date: January 03, 2012 05:13AM

_Gunner Wrote:
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> mjs Wrote:
> --------------------
> > Angies list is almost as a big a scam as the
> BBB.
> > Angie will ask contractors for money for
> premium
> > placements and removal of bad reviews.
>
>
> Instead of using Angie's List, recommend you use
> Washington CheckBook Magazine.
>
> http://www.checkbook.org/
>
> When you subscribe, you're given access to their
> on-line ratings and reviews which list all of the
> plumbers servicing Fairfax County along with
> consumer reviews and a grade on a scale of 1-100
> for providing "superior service."
>
> Subscription price is $34 / 2 years - a small
> price to pay.
>
> Tne top plumbers are (minimum 25 ratings):
>
> Ferlo's Plumbing 100%
> Fairfax, VA 22030
> 703-273-8080
>
> Calabrese Plumbing 98%
> 3162 Plantation Pkwy
> Fairfax, VA 22030
> 703-277-1906
>
> Hawkey Plumbing 98%
> 8248 Sunset Dr
> Manassas, VA 20110
>
> Waterworks 96%
> 4033 Hunt Rd
> Fairfax, VA 22032
> 703-323-8289
>
> Andrews Plumbing 96%
> 10816 Colton St
> Fairfax, VA 22032
> 703-273-5554
>
>
> Neighborhood Plumber 92%
> 9756 Rehanek Ct
> Burke, VA 22015
> 703-866-5500
>
> Star Plumbing & Water Heater Express 91%
> PO Box 2351
> Springfield, VA 22152
> 703-569-4480
>
> I've used Star for many years, they are
> oustanding. They specialize in 24 hour response
> for hot water heater replacement and work with
> customers on makes/models/pricing. (I have not
> used them for h/w heater replacement, but
> customers on Checkbook praise their service. I've
> only used them for faucets, toilets, garbage
> disposals and such.)
>
> By the way, with a 51% rating is
>
> Michael & Son Services
> 5730 General Washington Dr
> Alexandria, VA 22312
> 703-658-3998
>
> and at 60% is
>
> Cropp Metcalfe
> 2816 Dorr Ave
> Fairfax, VA 22031
> 703-751-9500
>
> Pulling up the rear is
>
> Scott A Gallagher 36%
> 8300 Kay Ct
> Annandale, VA 22003
> 703-645-9350
>
> Acclaimed Plumbing 32%
> 8621 Lee Hwy
> Fairfax, VA 22031
> 703-642-6500


Checkbook magazine is a non profit org. when idiots like yourself post copyrighted data on a public forum it makes it very hard for them to continue their work. Please think before you post.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: In chantilly ()
Date: January 03, 2012 07:59AM

You got scammed - we just had a new one installed last month - total bill for water heater and installation was 950 dollars -they were in and out in 2.5 hours

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Bill.N. ()
Date: January 03, 2012 09:18AM

educated consumer2 Wrote:
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>
> Checkbook magazine is a non profit org. when
> idiots like yourself post copyrighted data on a
> public forum it makes it very hard for them to
> continue their work.

Perhaps, but that isn't the way it works.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: here we go again ()
Date: January 03, 2012 10:18AM

$985 total installed price. Top commerical brand.
Consumers Choice Heating and Air Conditioning.
703-690-2100.

Installed 2 months ago :)

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Lloydster ()
Date: January 03, 2012 12:32PM

You know they are supposed to pull a permit for this in FFX County. A gas install that is. They did of course I'm sure.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: _Gunner ()
Date: January 03, 2012 10:05PM

Fairfax Wrote:
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> I agree. Checkbook magazine is great. I have
> subscribed for 15 years. It will pay for its self
> several times over on the first repair. Totally
> non profit, non bias.


Hopefully, they'll pick up a few more subscribers. Plumbing is just one of the 287 areas they rate. $34 for 2 years gets a person access to lots of great information.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: wnrsm ()
Date: January 03, 2012 10:42PM

Do you need a permit to replace an existing gas water heater?

Seems that if it is connected like the old one and doesn't leak gas or water, would the county know or care?

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Lloydster ()
Date: January 04, 2012 07:55AM

wnrsm Wrote:
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> Do you need a permit to replace an existing gas
> water heater?

Yes, anything gas I believe. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/construction/whenapermitisrequired.htm

> Seems that if it is connected like the old one and
> doesn't leak gas or water, would the county know
> or care?

Most contractors don't get it, and it's more of a formality/visual inspection to make sure they hooked it up correctly.

I bring this up because yes, the OP got overcharged, and if the contractor didn't get one the OP could, at his disgression of course, approach the contractor for amends using this as ammunition.

We would need more info as to the contractual terms that were signed for and the actual work that was performed.

I could be wrong but I'm right 99% of the time.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: You're an Idiot ()
Date: January 04, 2012 11:41AM

Do any of you dumb fucks ever go to Home Depot/Lowes when you're shopping for window treatments and rugs and shit and look at what a HWH would cost should you need to replace it?

Do you dumb fucks know where the angle stop valves are if your toilet or faucet starts leaking?


I love it when you dumb fucks bitch and cry about getting raped over something shit simple as a HWH replacement. Serves you right. DO YOUR FUCKING HOMEWORK FIRST. The reason these rat outfits make so much money is because of the idiots like YOU.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Date: January 04, 2012 11:46AM

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_04233115000P?mv=rr&i_cntr=1325695565597

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"...your suffering will be legendary even in Hell!"

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Jeremy White ()
Date: January 04, 2012 11:48AM

mjs Wrote:
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I just got a price to
> plumb in 15 feet of gas line Simple job, exposed
> ceiling. 1700 bucks from micheal and sons..
>



WTF?

Was it 4" Sch80?
Were they going to install seismic restraints?
Pour concrete housekeeping pads and erect supplemental steel?

I'll bet it was a 1/2" line that they would coupling the shit out of with random length pieces they already had on the truck, use regular teflon dope and only put two hangers, the cheap wire hook kind, on it and call it a day.

$350 max job.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Guyritt needs to STFU! ()
Date: January 04, 2012 02:20PM

Cary: Can you ban this retard?

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: exbcmc ()
Date: September 26, 2012 04:11PM

9/25/12 just paid $1300 for a 50 gal bradford white heater. now, the guy that is making "fun" of people that have questions,need help, etc is an ass. As we get older, those of us that can no longer do things we COULD do in the past, now have to hire those that still can. I thought $1300 was high, but I now see that it is w/in range. Ours was leaking gas, too. I was at work and my wife called our plumber. Enough said. He may have saved our lives too.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: exbcmc ()
Date: September 26, 2012 04:13PM

PS: we are in so calif

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: res ()
Date: September 26, 2012 04:28PM

Sounds good, glad your happy with your purchase. People, a few tips to save yourselve $$ and frustration;

- Learn the basics. At the very least know how to turn of the gas to your water heater and the main water line coming into your home.
- Doing so will buy you time in cases of emergency.
- Try to do a little research before buying. Before you have someone come out find out what brands they use and look them up. I looked up the Bradford heater you mentioned and it looks like they gor for $400 to $600. Any competant repair man should have been in and out in 2 hours. You have to decide if $350 an hour (give or take) is a fair price to pay.
- Get a Carbon Monoxide detector so you don't have to wonder/worry.

Lastly, don't sell yourself out with questions and statements like "its worth your life", "he may have saved our lives", etc... OF COURSE YOUR LIFE IS IMPORTANT, but these are sucker statements schlepped by salesman. There's a lot of dangers and risks around the house, gas is just scarier because it spooks people. Just because one company charges a lot more doesn't mean their going to do it better than someone else...the profit may go to the owners new boat or whatever. Don't let your guard down with someone making a fear based argument.

Good luck....

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Was a doctor now a plumber ()
Date: September 26, 2012 05:25PM

Scammed Wrote:
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> Can someone please tell me how much they've paid
> in labor in the past 6 months to replace a gas
> water heater. I just paid $1750 for a new heater,
> valve and labor. The valve was $100, the heater
> about $895 (per Internet prices) and labor $755.
> The labor expense seems very high. It took 2.5
> hours to install. Feedback is appreciated.


You were fucked.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: contractor ()
Date: September 29, 2012 06:22AM

There is no set price for a water heater. You get a bid and you have the right to turn it down. This is America!
If you have gas piping in your home you need to know how to shut it off. Get an emergency shut off wrench and keep it handy. The emergency shut off wrench has directions printed on it so almost any idiot can get the gas shut off.
Attachments:
gas.jpg

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Anti Angie's List ()
Date: September 29, 2012 07:30AM

Angie's list is definitely NOT the place to look. They accept advertising and give preference to those that pay........my go to for most products is Consumers Report dot org......they accept no free items, test independently, are non-profit and will not "endorse" any product in company's ads.....have not tried Checkbook.........only thing is Consumer Reports does not evaulate contractors.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: A Plumber ()
Date: September 29, 2012 08:08AM

There are many different types and brands of gas water heaters. Most of my customers have no idea what they have or need -- just that it is a xx gallon gas water heater. Most customers, when they call, tell us they need a new water heater -- not really knowing if they really DO need a new one -- there are several things that can happen with a gas water heater that would lead one to think they need a new one, when, in fact, all they need is a repair. When a customer of mine thinks they need a new water heater I first go out and see what the problem is. Half of the time I have them back in business within half an hour without the expense of a new water heater.

Other companies will take advantage of a customer who tells them they need a new water heater by giving them what they asked for -- a new water heater, whether or not the needed one.

As far as gas water heater variants, there are too many to list, but here are a few: natural vent, power vent, direct vent, standard recovery, quick recovery. There are huge differences in cost of each of these units and, usually, substantial differences in the amount of labor and material required to install them, whether they are simple swap-outs or new installations. A 50 gallon gas water heater replacement can vary in price from roughly $1,000 to $3,000, depending on these factors.

Most of the 50 gallon gas water heater replacements that I do end up costing around $1,100. This would be for a basic swap-out of a 6-year warranty, natural gas, natural draft State or A.O. Smith water heater. This includes me hauling away the old unit and replacing any valves that don't work. I also take care of any problems (pilot won't light, leaks, etc.) that may arise with the water heater for the 6 years that the unit is warranted by the manufacturer. I don't know of any others who will do this. Some other companies charge a little less, but most charge much more -- somewhere in the range of $1,500 to $1,800.

You don't always get what you paid for, but sometimes you do -- sometimes you get more. All it takes is a little research online and talking to family, friends and neighbors. For online research go to Yahoo, Yelp, Consumers' Checkbook, Angie's List, etc. Read the reviews and don't just base your decision on the number of "stars" a company has been given.

If you're handy, do it yourself, but don't buy a water heater at Lowes or Home Depot -- go to a plumbing supply house and buy a State, A.O. Smith, Rheem, Ruud or Bradford White -- my preference is State, but all of these brands are basically the same. Stay away from Whirlpool, Maytag, GE and Kenmore, unless you are very handy and can tackle the occasional replacement of the gas control valve and pilot assembly after waiting a few days to receive it from the manufacturer. You will pay a little more for the unit from the supply house, but it is definitely worth it in the long run.

Doing the job yourself will save you several hundred dollars up front and is relatively simple. But if you make one little mistake, it could end up costing you a lot more than if you had hired a plumber who had previously installed a thousand of these things. I have seen many do-it-yourself installations that caused several thousands of dollars in damage. I have also seen many that were just fine. I have only seen a few bad installations by plumbers.

I know that either way you go, it's an expense that you probably didn't plan for and you want to spend as little as possible. Hopefully, my input will help you make the right decision and save you a little bit of that hard-earned cash.

Good luck.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: here we go again ()
Date: October 02, 2012 04:45PM

Consumers Choice Inc. still installs a Bradford White (top brand) with (10) year warranty for $985.00. Just checked.

:)

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: barelyableman ()
Date: October 03, 2012 05:36AM

My hat is off to "a plumber" for the best post on this thread. Thank you sir for
sharing your wisdom and your hard won experience. You obviously know what you are talking about. I will be saving your remarks both for myself and to share with my clients. Your point about servicing the unit over its life cycle is well taken. Most of us are not thinking of the long haul; we just want that hot water/shower right now. Those of you who have taken cold showers or even "navy" showers are a hardier breed. I think some outfits take advantage so it is good to hear there are decent people out there doing real work for fair prices. Thank you

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: RustyNail ()
Date: October 04, 2012 08:41PM

Go to Lowes and save yourself the headache. 50 gallon brand-name heater AND installation for LESS than $1000.

Sick and tired to be taken advantage of by fly-by-night HVAC contractors...

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Karma2rats ()
Date: October 08, 2012 09:39PM

My 12 yr old Rheem kicked the can today. Called a local plumber advertised in our homeowner assoc. magazine and he came out on Columbus Day. Every major hvac/plumbing contractor was booked with appts. The local plumber quoted me 965 for an A.O. Smith gas 50 gallon htw, new shut off valve, install and haul away. He can do it in 3 hours. Looked up the model he wants to use and it retails for about 475 online. We'll give him our business.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: plumber guy ()
Date: November 24, 2012 12:39AM

here it is. a water heater is not hard to install. a pain in the ass if you have never down it. if you have it done by a plumber it can become costly depending on what is needed. several estimates are advised. all parts can run as much as $500.00 or more depending what is needed. pay now or pay later if it is in need or questionable then replace it while you are there. if you can't do the install yourself than $350.00 is not a bad price for labor. $800.00 to $1000.00 is not an out of range price and is pretty much standard. just my opinion. thanks

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Atom ()
Date: November 24, 2012 07:47AM

Angie's list is more a form of paid advertisement than a non-biased endorsement from your peers.

Try google instead.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Angie's List ()
Date: November 24, 2012 08:15AM

I have been a member of Angie's list for three years. I have had only one minor problem with a contractor off the list.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Atom ()
Date: November 24, 2012 08:35AM

I've used google to research service providers and have never had a problem.

Angie's list is unnecessary. They're trying to middle your transaction by providing false piece of mind. But if it makes you feel better.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: what the heck ()
Date: November 24, 2012 09:14AM

Why would anyone want a "hot water heater"?




I use a cold water heater in my home.

Why would you want to heat water that is already hot??

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: wenbsyiwll ()
Date: December 01, 2012 05:43PM

is that alot?

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: bondo ()
Date: April 25, 2013 06:34PM

Finally someone that makes perfect sense. thanks A PLUMBER... GOOD INFO.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: jonah ()
Date: May 26, 2013 01:55AM

you got ass raped and fucked

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: mVy9b ()
Date: May 26, 2013 08:02AM

theyre really not that hard to buy and install yourself... if you are handy and have some help.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: easyyy ()
Date: May 26, 2013 09:33AM

I did my first one 6 years ago moved and did another this year - its easy. You need a hand truck ($40), a torch for sweating the pipes, pipe cutter, solder, teflon tape, wrench, copper pipe(s) maybe a new flexible gas pipe and dope for that. Basically its a big burner over a tank you just have to hook it up. So you can get that and the tank for $500 easy. Plan on a half day of running around and installing. Your garbage co. will take it for $50 or you can put the old in the box the new one came in and run it up to the FFX Co transfer station yourself.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: v6mtK ()
Date: May 26, 2013 11:15AM

easyyy Wrote:
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> I did my first one 6 years ago moved and did
> another this year - its easy. You need a hand
> truck ($40), a torch for sweating the pipes, pipe
> cutter, solder, teflon tape, wrench, copper
> pipe(s) maybe a new flexible gas pipe and dope for
> that. Basically its a big burner over a tank you
> just have to hook it up. So you can get that and
> the tank for $500 easy. Plan on a half day of
> running around and installing. Your garbage co.
> will take it for $50 or you can put the old in the
> box the new one came in and run it up to the FFX
> Co transfer station yourself.

This guy is right. If you're still not sure just take an HVAC class at NOVA or something ($160 or so a credit?), you still come out cheaper AND you know what you are doing for next time.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Pia ()
Date: November 27, 2013 04:10PM

Please let me have your contact info at virgniashopper1000@gmail.com
Thanks

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Hassam ()
Date: November 27, 2013 04:15PM

Michael and Sons can do it for a cool $2,500....

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: _ ()
Date: November 27, 2013 05:05PM

Hassam Wrote:
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> Michael and Sons can do it for a cool $2,500....


Probably not far off... I would guess around $1,600 - $2,000 from them. Somebody's gotta pay for all those ads.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Chris-A ()
Date: November 27, 2013 06:11PM

Buy from big box stores and have one of their installers do it. Following Angie's list advice I had a quote from Richard's for 2.4K for 50 gal unit. It cost well below 1K from Lowes. Angie's list signup and Richard's visit cost me about $200, 20% markup for nothing!

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Anonymous Coward today ()
Date: November 28, 2013 08:12AM

_Gunner Wrote:
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> mjs Wrote:
> --------------------
> > Angies list is almost as a big a scam as the
> BBB.
> > Angie will ask contractors for money for
> premium
> > placements and removal of bad reviews.
>
>
> Instead of using Angie's List, recommend you use
> Washington CheckBook Magazine.
>
> http://www.checkbook.org/
>
> When you subscribe, you're given access to their
> on-line ratings and reviews which list all of the
> plumbers servicing Fairfax County along with
> consumer reviews and a grade on a scale of 1-100
> for providing "superior service."
>
> Subscription price is $34 / 2 years - a small
> price to pay.
>
> Tne top plumbers are (minimum 25 ratings):
>
> Ferlo's Plumbing 100%
> Fairfax, VA 22030
> 703-273-8080
>
> Calabrese Plumbing 98%
> 3162 Plantation Pkwy
> Fairfax, VA 22030
> 703-277-1906
>
> Hawkey Plumbing 98%
> 8248 Sunset Dr
> Manassas, VA 20110
>
> Waterworks 96%
> 4033 Hunt Rd
> Fairfax, VA 22032
> 703-323-8289
>
> Andrews Plumbing 96%
> 10816 Colton St
> Fairfax, VA 22032
> 703-273-5554
>
>
> Neighborhood Plumber 92%
> 9756 Rehanek Ct
> Burke, VA 22015
> 703-866-5500
>
> Star Plumbing & Water Heater Express 91%
> PO Box 2351
> Springfield, VA 22152
> 703-569-4480
>
> I've used Star for many years, they are
> oustanding. They specialize in 24 hour response
> for hot water heater replacement and work with
> customers on makes/models/pricing. (I have not
> used them for h/w heater replacement, but
> customers on Checkbook praise their service. I've
> only used them for faucets, toilets, garbage
> disposals and such.)
>
> By the way, with a 51% rating is
>
> Michael & Son Services
> 5730 General Washington Dr
> Alexandria, VA 22312
> 703-658-3998
>
> and at 60% is
>
> Cropp Metcalfe
> 2816 Dorr Ave
> Fairfax, VA 22031
> 703-751-9500
>
> Pulling up the rear is
>
> Scott A Gallagher 36%
> 8300 Kay Ct
> Annandale, VA 22003
> 703-645-9350
>
> Acclaimed Plumbing 32%
> 8621 Lee Hwy
> Fairfax, VA 22031
> 703-642-6500


This is the best post in the history of FUnderground. Most posts have no value.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: RG ()
Date: March 31, 2014 10:45AM

200-300 for installation ! ! !
What . . . did you hire the next door neighbor after normal work hours handiman? And, Was the new tank already on site? And, did the installer leave the old tank for the homeowner to dispose? If not,

what century (the 20th) and where do you live - - in rural South Carolina or Mississippi)?

Licensed plumbers these days charge 100.00 just to make the trip! If you call them after hours, they charge 180-185 per hour.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Water Heater ()
Date: March 31, 2014 11:29AM

we bought one 6 months ago from Sears. $ 400.00 for the heater and 259.99 to install and remove the old one.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Free removal ()
Date: March 31, 2014 12:55PM

If you live in Fairfax and want to save a few bucks, send me an email and I'll haul away your broken water heater for free. Michael.recycle@yahoo.com

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: you're getting ripped off too ()
Date: March 31, 2014 01:10PM

RG Wrote:
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> 200-300 for installation ! ! !
> What . . . did you hire the next door neighbor
> after normal work hours handiman? And, Was the
> new tank already on site? And, did the installer
> leave the old tank for the homeowner to dispose?
> If not,
>
> what century (the 20th) and where do you live - -
> in rural South Carolina or Mississippi)?
>
> Licensed plumbers these days charge 100.00 just to
> make the trip! If you call them after hours, they
> charge 180-185 per hour.

Let me guess, your plumber is Michael and Sons, or HH FURR?


If my plumber was charging me $100 just to come to my house, I would tell him to fuck off.

I got a 50 gallon AO smith installed for $850.00


I had my shower faucet valve replaced for $220.00. (He had to solder, took a couple hours.)

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Wb smith ()
Date: April 10, 2014 11:54AM

Sorry people but 950.00 is a fair price for a 50 gal water heater and working with gas is really no big deal ! I'm a contractor and don't believe in ripping people off !

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Phvy4 ()
Date: April 10, 2014 08:54PM

The labor expense seems very high. It took 2.5 hours to install. Feedback is appreciated.

----------------------------
well if you had pros install it from a respectable and insured company maybe

but no your fucked you had mexicans install it and if the damn thing blows up they'll likely be nowhere: my guess is fx. co. would help them do it

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so no. not worth it.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Jen-2 ()
Date: April 10, 2014 08:58PM

That's a better deal than Richard's gave me and more than twice the price from typical installer or HD or Lowe's.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Mmmmmmm ()
Date: April 10, 2014 11:54PM

Purchased 50 gal gas Hot Water Heater ($800) from the plumbing place behind Marlo Furniture. They delivered it for free.

My plumber installed it with overflow valve with a pan under the heater for $250.

One needs to obtain estimates before buying and getting service/installation.

Take your time and research before buying.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: LucYT ()
Date: April 11, 2014 10:29AM

uh huh and twisting on a valve you didn't make is how hard ?

did they recalculate the gas pressure since it was incompatible with the new made in china equipment ? was it rocket science ?

a homeowner getting a gas heater isn't assumed to be a builder, and a builder is assumed to know better

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: EXMDE ()
Date: April 11, 2014 10:34AM

if your county owns and runs businesses that pay crap pay to migrant or illegal workers to do skilled labor, because the town is a sham

you come into court saying you have damage (likely caused intently so that they will be hired again to do the same job)

should the insurance company have to pay out? could not the insurer argue you lapsed your contract by taking a bottom basement price in a county running illegals to vote democrat ?

if i were the insurer, i'd say: no. you didn't hire skilled labor and gave them incentive to botch the job. the insurance pool is for people who aren't scamming the system

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: fake name ()
Date: May 04, 2014 11:31AM

I agree that copyright must be respected. In this case, however, I'm going to immediately subscribe because that is great data and I want to see the whole thing.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Plumber ()
Date: June 15, 2014 02:00AM

I installed a 50 gallon gas water heater today and I charged 900 for parts and labor. The water heater cost $440.00 that is not including the copper pipe I had to use to reroute the plumbing. Getting the old one moved can be a pain as it is full of sediment and weighs a ton, then placing the new one on a stand, it is heavy too. And then changing the plumbing to make everything fit. But the amount you were charge was very steep unless you got an 80 gallon water heater.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: Angie G. ()
Date: June 16, 2014 07:23PM

Plumber Wrote:
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> I installed a 50 gallon gas water heater today and
> I charged 900 for parts and labor. The water
> heater cost $440.00 that is not including the
> copper pipe I had to use to reroute the plumbing.
> Getting the old one moved can be a pain as it is
> full of sediment and weighs a ton, then placing
> the new one on a stand, it is heavy too. And then
> changing the plumbing to make everything fit. But
> the amount you were charge was very steep unless
> you got an 80 gallon water heater.


I got an 80 gallon water heater for $1200 about five years ago. And they took away the old POS. Fucking steal.

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: steelersfan ()
Date: June 17, 2014 05:46PM

Scammed,

Who was the contractor that you used?

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Re: 50 Gallon Gas Hot Water Heater Install Cost
Posted by: most likely.... ()
Date: June 17, 2014 06:06PM

steelersfan Wrote:
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> Scammed,
>
> Who was the contractor that you used?


Those scammers at Michaels and Sons (scam, fraud, rip off)

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