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Question DetailsAsked on 7/4/2012

How much should it cost to have a thermocoupler on a water heater replaced?

My 8 year old water heater stopped working. (Bradford White, 40 gal). I had a repairman out who replaced the thermocoupler, valve and union, ground. He was here 45-60 min. total. Cost was $465.00. Afterward I looked online and found that the part is very inexpensive. I feel like I was overcharged. I asked if I needed to replace the water heater, but repairman said no.

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I had the identical repair on a 50 gal Bradford White earlier this year and the total charge was $89.

Answered 8 years ago by bigcatguy


Figure on about $100/hr for a good plumber. Since this job took less than an hour and the cost of the part so minimal, the total cost should have been right around $100. I can't explain why your guy charged you so much. You might call him and ask.

Answered 8 years ago by davidpsr


I had the same problem ... went to Lowe's bought generic thermocouple for $9.00, replaced it in about 15 minutes (not including travel), works great. I'm not a plumber or handyman, I just have good common sense. Unless you called after hours, I'd say you were way overcharged.

Honeywell probably has one of the most expensive thermocouples at about $60.00.

Answered 1 year ago by SensibleMe

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