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How much should labor be on new water heater?

I think we're getting rooked for labor to install a new gas water heater with self igniter. The water heater itself is under warranty, but not labor. 50 gallon. Anyone know how much it should be for a two man job?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

I did it myself, so it was free.
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

Is it a direct replacement or do the lines have to be fitted?
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

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Is it a direct replacement or do the lines have to be fitted?
I am not absolutely positive as I was not here, the last was leaking, so perhaps lines need fitting?
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

Is it soldered in with rigid pipe, or does it have flex pipe attachments at the top? If it's flex pipe, a modest difference in size and shape won't matter. If they have to make cuts and solder new pipe, it's a bigger job.

If you think you're getting rooked, have you called some other plumbers to find what they would charge to replace a water heater?
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

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I did it myself, so it was free.
Yep. Especially after reading about $300-600 installation costs after they start with permit fees, required back pressure relief bladder, etc.. not that difficult to do yourself as long as read up on what to do.
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

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I think we're getting rooked for labor to install a new gas water heater with self igniter. The water heater itself is under warranty, but not labor. 50 gallon. Anyone know how much it should be for a two man job?

Thanks in advance.
Depends...are they illegal or American?
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

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Is it soldered in with rigid pipe, or does it have flex pipe attachments at the top? If it's flex pipe, a modest difference in size and shape won't matter. If they have to make cuts and solder new pipe, it's a bigger job.

If you think you're getting rooked, have you called some other plumbers to find what they would charge to replace a water heater?
Flex pipe. I didn't call around bc these guys were licensed to do work for maker of water heater that is under warranty, A.O. Smith.
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

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Depends...are they illegal or American?
They are illegal Americans.
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

We just dropped 450 (including village permit) for labor plus a partial payment on the water heater. It was technically under warranty but we had to pay the difference price between the old and the current model, plus the labor (two guys, and it was in the basement).
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Absolutely ridiculous. This is a one person job... unless they also delivered the heater. But still, hooking up a water shouldn't take more than one person.
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She should pop that baby out between 4 and 20 hours from now. Hang in there, and turn the temperature down so you don't scald the baby.
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Well, how much are they charging to install it? You could always call Lowes and Home Depot and ask how much they would charge for installation of the same. When I was in jr high school back in the mid 70's I had a lady art teacher and everyone knew her husband recently died and someone asked her how he died and it was a water heater had exploded as he was doing something to it.
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

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I did it myself, so it was free.
This, but I'd watched people do it before--probably not a good idea if one hasn't.
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

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They are illegal Americans.
The correct term is "undocumented citizens" ... and you may begin referring to me as the "unelected President of the United States of America."

As for the OP's question ... are you paying in cash or trading for sex?
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

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Absolutely ridiculous. This is a one person job... unless they also delivered the heater. But still, hooking up a water shouldn't take more than one person.
Yeah, I was wondering why it took two people.

Get some quotes, and really watch what these guys do. You just might be calling them back in a month after something mysteriously goes wrong...
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

If you are at all mechanically inclined just do it yourself. It isn't rocket science - there is a connection for water in, a connection for water out, gas in (or an electric plug I guess), and a vent for the fumes (I have a gas water heater). Use flex tubing.

But to answer your question, if I were to hire a plumber to do it I would expect to pay $250 or so.
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

I think Scott could do it himself if he just asked us enough questions.
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

I did mine myself. I had never done before and only took a about 2 hours.

My only concern was to solder as I had never done that. However, I found a "sharkbite" (I think the name) connection kit. So no torch needed. It was incredibly easy. Now I did have a gas shut off right there. So it was easy with that. The sharkbite kit is used for water (hot and/or cold) but not gas.

This spring ill replace my 2nd unit I have. It was so easy and cheap with DIY, I see no reason to wate for this WH to fail as it is the same age as the one I did replace and did a lot of water damage when it did fail.
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

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Absolutely ridiculous. This is a one person job... unless they also delivered the heater. But still, hooking up a water shouldn't take more than one person.
They delivered it, wrestled it down a steep and narrow basement walkout and hooked up all the gas lines and took away the old one.

There's no way I could have done the gas lines and absolutely no way I could have gotten it down the walkout steps by myself.
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

45 minutes, tops. I had mine replaced a few months ago, and that's how long he took from bringing in the new water heater into the house to him handing me the invoice.

It should also be a one man job.
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

I deal with handymen and tradesmen weekly. Electricians, mostly.

There is NO WAY you can be sure how much troubleshooting might be needed, or what could pop up. You just have to get a plumber you can trust.

Easy in, easy out would probably be an hour. Some guys will 'quote high', so they don't get screwed. And some guys will 'quote low', and then eat it (or beg you for more money) if things don't go easy.

It's like when I'm working with spreadsheets. Sometimes it's simple in simple out. And sometimes I'm ready to throw my PC out the window because something isn't working right.
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

I think a lot will depend on the location in the house. My water heater is in a closet about ten feet from the garage. You can't get much easier than that. I tapped out the hinge pins from the closet door and had all the room I needed.

But when I visited a friend's house that was under construction, I was horrified when I saw that his water heater was in the rafters above a closet. How the heck is someone supposed to get that thing out after it has accumulated 200 pounds of sediment?
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

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I think a lot will depend on the location in the house. My water heater is in a closet about ten feet from the garage. You can't get much easier than that. I tapped out the hinge pins from the closet door and had all the room I needed.

But when I visited a friend's house that was under construction, I was horrified when I saw that his water heater was in the rafters above a closet. How the heck is someone supposed to get that thing out after it has accumulated 200 pounds of sediment?
And I hope it was sitting on a drain pan. Can you imagine the mess when that thing rusts out.

I really can't believe WH makes are allowed to build them that way. I get a life span of 10 years or so. But an item should fail, not cause damage when it does fail. It's like saying my toaster only lasted 5 years. Ok, get that. But when it failed should it burn down your house? Yet it is all but impossible to go after the manufacture after 10 years. My insurance company didn't even bother picking up the unit saying "it's over 10 years old we really have no chance of going after them".
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Re: How much should labor be on new water heater?

It was free. My landlord paid.

And the work was done by one guy only. And he kept calling me "brah".

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