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Home Depot: Water heater unit and installation: $643 total

indyillini2002 333 221 May 14, 2011 at 08:11 AM in Home & Home Improvement
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My water heater is going out. Instead of paying $200 to repair it (1 year warranty), I am buying a new gas GE (Rheem) 40 gallon tall water heater with a 6 year warranty. It is being installed by a Home Depot contractor for $643 (unit and installation). This includes take away of my old Rheem water heater.

The regular price is $661 in my area (Indianapolis) so it is on a small sale. In addition, I should get 5% back on my Chase card through June 30th.

A 50 gallon is a little more. Extending the warranty to 9 or 12 years is quite a bit more.

Plumbers are significantly higher (over $1000 total) for a similar model and warranty water heater installed.

Lowe's also does water heater sales and installation, but their Whirlpool brand has gotten awful reviews.

I did not see any other water heater threads and since the savings using Home Depot over a local plumber is huge, I thought this might help people out.

You can call 1-800-HOMEDEPOT to order. Going into the store was pretty worthless.
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good deal but water heater isn't something one would stock up and when it's gone you need it fixed or replaced right away, when it costs $1000+. good price installed indeed.
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You might want to check with your local gas utility, mine (Teco in FL) is offering fairly significant rebates for switching from electric to gas, and even for replacing a gas water heater with another gas one (see attachment).

My neighbor's across the street whose house is one year older had his water heater start to leak. A replacement by a plumber that night was indeed $1000. These water heaters are ~$400 at Home Depot, so having it be a planned event is much cheaper, especially if you do it yourself.
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i'd be surprised if con-ed give us a break. they're going to jack up the price of utilities in june i think.
so, calling home depot can give u a better deal than in the store? i need a hot water heater real soon. it's still under warranty but i know the plumber's going to rip u off anyway, and i can't find the receipt. so, i'm sol anyway.
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Quote from BosuxRedsux View Post :
i'd be surprised if con-ed give us a break. they're going to jack up the price of utilities in june i think.
so, calling home depot can give u a better deal than in the store? i need a hot water heater real soon. it's still under warranty but i know the plumber's going to rip u off anyway, and i can't find the receipt. so, i'm sol anyway.
The GE/Rheem model that HD sells is a good one. IMO better if you go for the 9 or 12 year warranty model at HD than the low end one. The increased energy efficiency will pay for it self in the time that you will own the water heater. Also a lot of the local utility companies offer rebates only on the higher efficiency units. You might want to check your utility companies website first to see if this is available to you. Also know that HD will contract the installation to a local plumber. It is usually a good idea to check with your local HD to get the name or phone number of the plumber that will perform the installation. Talk to the plumber before hand and know what to expect from them. Don't be surprised the day of the installation when they tack on a bunch of extra parts at a premium cost. Items like unions, water pan, fittings can add easily add $100 to the cost of the HD standard install cost. If you know the parts they will need you can buy these items on your own to have handy. For instance they will usually charge $50+ for a water pan when you can get the same pan from HD on your own for $20.
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Quote from indyillini2002 View Post :
My water heater is going out. Instead of paying $200 to repair it (1 year warranty), I am buying a new gas GE (Rheem) 40 gallon tall water heater with a 6 year warranty. It is being installed by a Home Depot contractor for $643 (unit and installation). This includes take away of my old Rheem water heater.

The regular price is $661 in my area (Indianapolis) so it is on a small sale. In addition, I should get 5% back on my Chase card through June 30th.

A 50 gallon is a little more. Extending the warranty to 9 or 12 years is quite a bit more.

Plumbers are significantly higher (over $1000 total) for a similar model and warranty water heater installed.

Lowe's also does water heater sales and installation, but their Whirlpool brand has gotten awful reviews.

I did not see any other water heater threads and since the savings using Home Depot over a local plumber is huge, I thought this might help people out.

You can call 1-800-HOMEDEPOT to order. Going into the store was pretty worthless.

Depends which Whirlpool you are buying. Some of the Whirlpool electric ones are rated quite good and have better features to save energy especially when you don't use it/off peak time.
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The GE/Rheem model that HD sells is a good one. IMO better if you go for the 9 or 12 year warranty model at HD than the low end one. The increased energy efficiency will pay for it self in the time that you will own the water heater. Also a lot of the local utility companies offer rebates only on the higher efficiency units. You might want to check your utility companies website first to see if this is available to you. Also know that HD will contract the installation to a local plumber. It is usually a good idea to check with your local HD to get the name or phone number of the plumber that will perform the installation. Talk to the plumber before hand and know what to expect from them. Don't be surprised the day of the installation when they tack on a bunch of extra parts at a premium cost. Items like unions, water pan, fittings can add easily add $100 to the cost of the HD standard install cost. If you know the parts they will need you can buy these items on your own to have handy. For instance they will usually charge $50+ for a water pan when you can get the same pan from HD on your own for $20.

appreciate the suggestions, thanks!
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about five years ago I purchased a GE water heater from home depot. Installed it myselft. I paid an extra $100 and got a lifetime warranty on the heater and if it needs replacing, they would send someone out and replace it even though I installed it! . Seems to good to be true, I called and verified it after purchasing it.. I even bought a second one for a rental house. Not sure if they are offering this any more. I had to buy the higher end water heater (the one with the longest warranty) in order to be eligible.
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Anybody gotten a tankless? Our water heater is 16 years old and due...I've looked into them somewhat but it looks like there's still a lot of problems, more than the offset heating bills would be worth.
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I'd say, buy a plumbing book and replace it yourself using sharkbites and a copper pipe cutter. Sharkbites require no special skills or tools to use, they just slide on the copper or PEX pipe and that's it. They have a 25 year warranty against leaks and are awesome for small projects like replacing a water heater.
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Anybody gotten a tankless? Our water heater is 16 years old and due...I've looked into them somewhat but it looks like there's still a lot of problems, more than the offset heating bills would be worth.
I did a lot of research on tankless as my 50 went out after 13 years.

Tankless gas requires special venting, so your existing venting will not work. Discounted I priced the tankless unit and install kit at $1000, plus my dad and I would need a full day to install it. Installed you are looking at $1600-2000. After reading more then a few reviews on amazon about different tankless models, most claim that the energy savings is BS.

I bought a 50 gallon from amazon here. [amazon.com]

Installed it myself in 4 hours easy.

If I was going to spend $2000 I would get a A. O. Smith GDHE-50 Vertex 100, you might also be able to get a 30% rebate with it. Read more about it, other models and some great info here. [consumersearch.com]
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Not to TC but I recently had a new one put in by Lowes and I think it came to around $500 total. $320 for the water heater (ater 10% coupon) and $200 (180 I think actually) for the install.

I don't know why anybody would ever use a plumber and pay them $1k to replace a water heater...

Check with your local building office as shockingly some locations require a permit, even to just replace a water heater with another one of the same exact type. Mine didn't.

I was actually very happy I went through Lowes because they installed it and all was fine until the next morning when I went in my garage and the smell of propane was everywhere. Manually opened the doors, shut off the gas and called them out. They checked their install and all seemed fine. There was a pinhole leak in the unit itself. As I bought the unit from Lowes and they did the install they had to come out, take the old one out, bring me a new one, and put it back in. If I went through a 3rd party I would have been screwed as he didn't sell me the water heater after all... Didn't cost me anything extra and in the end it's working like a champ. My gas bill has dropped dramatically as well. Seemed the old one was really inefficient compared to the new one!

Those tankless are cool but after using one at a friends place for a while I didn't really like them a whole lot. Not to mention I would have had to repipe to support the increase in BTUs. If you really look at the savings i don't think it's a whole lot because it still has to heat the water and the tank water heaters don't really let the water get much cooler once it's heated up. It's one thing I suppose if you don't use much hot water and it just sits and sits but if you cook, clean, shower, etc. you're cycling through it anyways... Simply put I couldn't justify the increase in cost with any savings.
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I'd say, buy a plumbing book and replace it yourself using sharkbites and a copper pipe cutter. Sharkbites require no special skills or tools to use, they just slide on the copper or PEX pipe and that's it. They have a 25 year warranty against leaks and are awesome for small projects like replacing a water heater.

Wow, never heard of sharkbites - I checked out the website - looks good to me! I am installing a under sink reverse osmosis system in a coming weeks. Was going to just call a plumber because I absolutely HATE working with water (water & fire two most damaging things!) Seems like Sharkbites takes out everything I hate about plumbing - will be ordering necessary items! Thanks!
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Dont bother with tankless. Unless you have 5 people in your house that all want to take a shower around the same time, you'll just pay more and have a lot more complications in the install and its unlikely you'll ever recoup the cost difference in lower utility bills. Todays higher end tank heaters are quite efficient and well insulated. Most people around the world install the tankless because its all they have room for, not because they want to. You will probably have to install a larger vent stack and extend it higher off the roof than your current one, install a larger gas line, and more exterior venting to provide air for the burner.

I put a couple of them in for people. The gas bill dropped by maybe $4-5 a month. Thats a long time to make up the $1000 difference.

Make sure you get the one with the longest warranty. They usually (but not always) have a better tank, more insulation and higher efficiency levels. Years ago some models were the same, 6, 9 or 12 year but thats not the case anymore.

Look closely at your utility rebates. Many specify a particular efficiency level and the last time I looked at the home depot/lowes models, they were all a few points below what PG&E required for their rebates. The 12 year sears models were mostly over that limit though.

I'm surprised the guy above lives in CA and didnt require a permit. I thought all of CA required permits for water heaters to assure proper earthquake bracing and installation of a drip leg on the gas line. I dont know why people hate permits so much, they're usually inexpensive and you get an expert that comes in and makes sure the job you or your contractor did is proper. Its good protection from a contractor that may cut corners or do something wrong. I also recommend that the customer gets their own permits rather than counting on the contractor to do it. A water heater permit around my area usually runs around $10 or $15 and takes just a few minutes to get at the local county permit office.
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