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Question DetailsAsked on 6/26/2015

Standard 38 gal water heater cost me less than $1000.00. Can someone assist me with the installation for less

My water heater cost me around $400.00, and I want it installed, however, the labor appears too high for me, and I can't afford to pay over $1000.00 for a 38 gal water heater. Is there other sources I can use to assist me on this. Please let me know. thank you.

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Cost for heater sounds right. All you can do is call several plumbers - cost varies by plumber of course, and also on how much piping reconfiguration is needed - different brands space the piping differently and make different height units, so there is almost always a bit of replumbing needed to make the cold and hot water pipes fit, and commonly an adapter or such in the exhaust duct too.

$1000 installed cost is in the normal range for a 40 gallon range gas heater. Simple very minor hookup adjustment might cost only about $200-300 for the install, on up with more adjustments, and up to several hundred more if newer code requirements require an expansion tank be installed as well - this is a common reason for installs costing more than expected, as do requirements for the newer rtype gas shutoff valve and flex tubing, which can add $50-100 to the job too.

Only way to get cheaper is if you are on public assistance, then there may be a local assistance program to assist the impoverished - call the customer service department at your natural gas utility, and also United Way to see if one of their members does this. Some areas also have programs to assist elderly and disabled with home repairs.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


Sorry to tell you-----Someone ripped you off. I live in Florida and replaced my 40 gallon Rheem water heater with a new Rheem Professional Energy Saver water heater after having it for 25 years and paid $540 cash including installation . I'm talking about a brand new water heater. I can shower for the longest time and the water never turns cold. At this point I think all you can do is get prices from a plumber to install it According to what I paid fo a 40 gallon with installation figure you should get it installed for no more than $140. Whoever is charging is ripping you off. My water heater is located in the rear of my garage My unit is electric not gas.. Everything here is electric. Don't know if that makes a difference.Plumber did have to put it a few new copper pipes but they were not long in length.

Answered 4 years ago by eexotic1011


Find eexotic1011's plumber and put him on ice for future use after he does yours - that kind of price is almost unheard of today. His Rheem 40 gallon water heater is going for right around $600 retail today - with no installation cost. Sounds like he hit the minimumm pipe fitup case - just a couple of elbows and/or short sections to hook up to the existing piping, maybe zero exhaust duct mods - simple drop in and hook up job, which in only the best cases might run $150-200 range labor and materials.
I wouldl not say you necessarily are getting ripped off - more like he got an incredible deal.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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