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I have a gas water heater in attic. I currently have a new water heater sitting right next to it to replace old water heater. I also have all the required fittings for the new water heater (shark bite fittings).

I contacted a plumber and asked how much to disconnect old water heater and install new water heater. I advised it was in attic but the new water heater was already in attic next to old. I also advised I had the new shark bite fittings. I told him all he had to do was disconnect old and replace new.

His quote, $650 plus any parts. Holy shit, I think I will be doing it myself, which was my original plan. This is probably a one hour job, so $650 per hour. Even if you figure two hours, $325 per hour.

When I lived in Florida, I paid a plumber $100 cash to do this.


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His quote, $650


Did he hear you laughing?

Cause I would have laughed in his face as I hung up the phone.


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BlackPot
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Probably charging a lot for the removal. I would too to take that sob out of the attic.

See how much to only hookup the new one, and you just take care of getting the old one out.


Simon Gruber
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Probably too busy for this small of a job so he gave you a crazy quote.


WPBTiger
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Probably charging a lot for the removal. I would too to take that sob out of the attic.

See how much to only hookup the new one, and you just take care of getting the old one out.


All he had to do was hook up. I was taking care of everything else.


East Coast Band
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Long story short, I got reamed from a Home Depot water heater replacement a few years ago.
$650 by comparison is not that far off.


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CrawDude
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I had a neighbor who had this done year or so, he already had purchased the new water heater, but had not hauled it into the attic. His quote was $1K to haul it to the attic, install, and dispose of the old one. I suppose as stated part of your cost quote is hauling the old from the attic and disposing of it.

I need to do the same, replace 2 water heaters in attic, fortunately my BIL is a recently retired licensed master plumber, and going to do it for free. I’m going ask him what his normal charge would be for that job, but he did tell that one should expect a licensed master plumber to charge $100-$150 per hour for labor - and that was couple years ago when I asked him. I know he charged about $100 per hour but he was a one man company and didn’t have high overhead like larger plumbing companies.

Even at at 2 hour minimum, seems like that quote is ridiculously high. I’ve watched my BIL install a water heater at our in-laws - took him 1/2 hour.
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keakar
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Probably charging a lot for the removal. I would too to take that sob out of the attic.

See how much to only hookup the new one, and you just take care of getting the old one out.


this ^^^^^^

sometimes it takes a good hour to drain the old one just so it can be disconnected and removed so thats at least 2 hrs plus 1 hr cushion in his 3 hr estimate for 2 guys labor. and its gonna take 2 big strong guys to remove that beast.

add to that he has to add something in for possible sheet rock repair if something spills or leaks to cover those damages.

that was a very fair estimate with all things considered

now you can always do it much cheaper yourself, but his price isnt bad


shawnlsu
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You are going to take up at least half of his day., not 2 hours. $650 isn't that bad. (fuel, insurance, helper, better paying jobs, etc)
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UPGDude
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Doesn't sound like he needs that job. All the plumbers in my area are busy so not surprised by your experience.

I'm currently replacing both water heaters as we speak. I'm paying a plumber to do all of it. I wish it was $650 but I'm not crawling around in my attic anymore.


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shawnlsu
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Me too. I just paid one $1800 to swap out an old 50 gallon for a massive tankless (I already purchased the water heater). That of course included extending the water lines and changing out 10' of 1/2" gas line to 3/4".
The next closest quote was $3500. I'd say the OP got a straight price.
Best $1800 I've spent in a long long time. I can fill my wife's jacuzzi tub up, take a 20 minute steam shower, shave, and then go fill up our daughter's tub. Never run out of hot water again.
Gas bill goes brrrrrrrrrr


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I paid $750 last February to have one changed out in my attic. This price includes labor and the cost of the water heater.


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Shexter
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See how much to only hookup the new one, and you just take care of getting the old one out.


I know, trashy, but why couldn't you just leave the old one in the attic?


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BlackPot
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All he had to do was hook up. I was taking care of everything else.



Gotcha. In his quote, he's factoring in driving there, doing the job and driving back to office/home, or his other job. Probably take him 2 hours just working. Seems a little on the upper side, but not that crazy.

Now if you have the new one sitting there with old one out, all he has to do is connect it and go, then yea, that seems really high.


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I also advised I had the new shark bite fittings.


Yeah, I would charge you more just for expecting me to use that shite.


Hamma1122
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Actually not a bad price.


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alpinetiger
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I have a gas water heater in attic. I currently have a new water heater sitting right next to it to replace old water heater. I also have all the required fittings for the new water heater (shark bite fittings).

I contacted a plumber and asked how much to disconnect old water heater and install new water heater. I advised it was in attic but the new water heater was already in attic next to old. I also advised I had the new shark bite fittings. I told him all he had to do was disconnect old and replace new.

His quote, $650 plus any parts. Holy shit, I think I will be doing it myself, which was my original plan. This is probably a one hour job, so $650 per hour. Even if you figure two hours, $325 per hour.

When I lived in Florida, I paid a plumber $100 cash to do this.
If you can do it yourself, then you should do it yourself. Its a supply/demand issue.

My granddaddy, father, and now two nephews were/are plumbers. My father later opened a plumbing/electrical supply house when I was in HS. The biggest thing in most places right now is that there's just not enough tradesmen to do all the work they're asked to do. My two nephews run two trucks and are trying to expand to more but there's not enough responsible people out there for them to do so more quickly. They are in demand and charge more.

I'd tell any young person that's mechanically inclined right now to skip college altogether if you like a trade and are motivated by money. You can do really well as a solid, responsible contractor.
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ItzMe1972
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"there's just not enough tradesmen to do all the work they're asked to do"
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You are so correct. And this is across the board.


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baldona
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In my experience a lot of the bigger companies and really any place with more than 4-5 or so licensed workers like electricians, plumbers, etc. have quotes for certain types of jobs. So water heater maybe $650 and kitchen sink maybe $350 or whatever.

Fwiw I sure as hell wouldn’t use shark bites in an attic. Especially by a plumber. But if you have shark bites why would you pay someone? A water heater is a super easy job and it sounds like you have everything done.


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baldona
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You are going to take up at least half of his day., not 2 hours. $650 isn't that bad. (fuel, insurance, helper, better paying jobs, etc)


As someone that runs a business this is BS.

As a property owner that has installed multiple water heaters, if a plumber takes more than 2 hours to install a water heater that is already sitting there he has no business being a plumber. With all the parts and the heater on site it’s maybe a 60 min job with pex. It’s possibly under a 15 min job in that situation. Now that’s given it’s as said. The hardest part about most water heater jobs is getting the old one in and the new one out of their space. If they are somewhere like a garage it’s a piece of cake.

Fwiw OP I was recently quoted $488 in labor to install a water heater in a condo in Destin if I supplied it. But I also got a quote of $2900 for a plumber to supply and complete the job for an 80 gallon tank that costs about $1800.


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