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Question DetailsAsked on 6/27/2016

How much should it cost to have a well water pressure tank installed in rural Connecticut?

Got an emergency quote for a "complete package" from my usual plumber and suffered instant sticker shock. Asked for details and here are the parts: 35 gallon Flex-lite FS12 pressure tank ($330 delivered to my door), Square-D 40-60 pound pressure switch ($20), no-name pressure gauge ($10-115), no name pressure relief valve ($20), tank-main line brass union with dual ports for pressure gauge and pressure relief valve ($30-40); a PVC-copper transition ($20) and a couple of 1" copper fittings ($10 max). Call it $450 all in internet retail cost for the parts - so maybe $650-$700 with plumber's markup?

Plumber didn't itemize cost for parts or labor, but the total was a lot more than $700. What's a fair price to pay for this installation?

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Tank cost is about $100 over what I see in price lists, but other than that looks OK on parts cost - though many plumnbers these days mark up 100-200%, not the 50% range you assumed - so that could be a lot of the difference. Markup on parts/materials is what keeps the business running in many contractor operations, to cover the overhead - labor charges many basically just break even on or maybe covers the labor plus small tools and the truck.


I have done this job a few times so pretty confident on time needed - I would figure 2 hours if doing it myself. Though I am not sure why you need all those parts if only the tank went out - this sounds like parts for a total new install on a well/pump system that did not have a pressure tank at all, which may be the case. Assuming decent working room and room for the tank - not working in a no-elbow room closet or small wellhouse or well cellar - 2-3 hours should handle it including chlorination and testing time, for about $200-300 bare minimum labor cost in really cheap labor area to more like $250-400 labor in normal areas, and possibly as much as $600-900 labor in the few extremely high cost plumber charge areas (mostly east coast major cities).


Add that to the parts list and you get about $700-2000 range total cost. Probably nearer lower to mid number if rural, mid to higher number if suburban/urban - but unless in a real low cost area I would expect your quote was something like $1200-1500 range ?


For competitive bids contact other plumbears, or a Pump and Well company - they tend to be cheaper for well/pump plumbing work in many cases.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD




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