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Old 06-26-2016, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I replaced my water heater last year. A 50 gallon gas fired unit installed on a stand according to code. The brand was State. Total that I wrote a check for was $450.00. No coupons, no hassles, no frills, just hot water when I want it. I'd strongly suggest looking for a small plumbing company like an individual. There are tons of them out there.
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:03 PM
 
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That's right about average, perhaps a bit higher than what I've seen.....perhaps we're just doing a little advertising?
I have 9 written quotes none below $1,250 some well over 2k from larger companies. The "one man show" companies were consistent at $1,250 with the ATC=$1700. One company quoted additional $775 for the code upgrades alone.

I was also offered some "well, we can go lower to beat our competition" but based on that I couldn't say yes to that company. I wanted to say "Please tell me what the job costs, don't start out at a price that you want to get then lower it to what you have to get."
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:08 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Did my own recently for under $300. It's NOT that difficult - someone willing to take some time and ask questions can do it themselves fairly easily, especially an electric unit.

DIY and YouTube can be your friend. I'm fortunate in that I'm handy with tools, and this wasn't my first water heater - but even if it was, I could find out what I needed to do it properly and safely.
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:38 PM
 
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Just one question, in situations like this, who pays for the heater and the job, the landlord or the tenant?
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:47 PM
 
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Stupid easy to do, ask your neighbor ask a kid. its 3 pipes and a power cord.

if its gas its a little bit more involved but still very easy.
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:52 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Just one question, in situations like this, who pays for the heater and the job, the landlord or the tenant?
99% of the time, the landlord.
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Old 06-27-2016, 08:23 PM
 
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Thank you, TexasRedneck
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Old 07-02-2016, 02:02 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I've done several for myself and friends. Refuse to pay for the 'code upgrade' much less for the labor that a business must charge. Electricians and Plumbers write the codes and update them for us every year.

I remember when my mother's WH failed and I offered to replace it but without removing the old one from the attic (it would have been impossible for me working alone). The old ones are really heavy even when empty. No way, she did not like the idea of it adding to attic junk - she had it done professionally and then they (two guys) refused to remove the old one.
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Old 03-01-2017, 09:27 AM
 
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I remember when my mother's WH failed and I offered to replace it but without removing the old one from the attic (it would have been impossible for me working alone). The old ones are really heavy even when empty. No way, she did not like the idea of it adding to attic junk - she had it done professionally and then they (two guys) refused to remove the old one.
So, where was the replacement installed, also in the attic or elsewhere? And the old one ended up still in the attic?
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Old 03-01-2017, 04:08 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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So, where was the replacement installed, also in the attic or elsewhere? And the old one ended up still in the attic?
A sawsall, some sweat and a coupla beers - heater cut up into small enough chunks to handle, and a happy mom.

What more could one ask for?
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