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Old 07-08-2015, 11:27 AM
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I need a 40 gallon low boy water heater replaced. Disconnect and remove old one, install and connect new one. Maybe a little bit of plumbing around the installation of the new tank. Same electrical will be used. This should almost be plug and play.

What should I expect to pay for this?

This is in NC.
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Old 07-08-2015, 11:42 AM
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It's an easy do it yourself project. Or pay around $300.
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Old 07-08-2015, 11:53 AM
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$350-$450 plus cost of the tank but it is a simple DIY project.
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I paid my guy $75 and two packs of Mahi for a 50 gallon gas... I guess I screwed him.
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I paid my guy $75 and two packs of Mahi for a 50 gallon gas... I guess I screwed him.
Haha. Mind sending your guy 2 hours east? I got tons of striper.
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I, too, would opt for DIY in this case.

However, I think you're looking at exactly what was posted already:

Remove old one, haul away (they actually make a few bucks on this at scrap yard), prep, and re-install using existing connections ~$300-400 in SE
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Old 07-08-2015, 12:54 PM
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The only difference between an easy DIY job and a medium DIY job here is how the existing WH is connected. If it is all soldered, it becomes a medium DIY job.. however, even then you can use sharkbite connectors (I don't like 'em but apparently they work great) and bring the level back down.

If your existing WH is connected with flex hoses, there's not much to it at all. I'd expect a pro to charge $250-350 labor or a handyman $100-200. New tank should be $300ish.
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Pretty easy DIY job, unless the water heater was installed and the door was trimmed afterwards (I know that sounds crazy, but I have seen it multiple times). I use SharkBite connectors and flexible connecting lines, so the hardest part of the job is getting the old water heater into the truck and to the dump...
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Originally Posted by weatherman View Post
Pretty easy DIY job, unless the water heater was installed and the door was trimmed afterwards (I know that sounds crazy, but I have seen it multiple times). I use SharkBite connectors and flexible connecting lines, so the hardest part of the job is getting the old water heater into the truck and to the dump...
X2. This is the easiest way to do it. I have changed 6 hot water heaters in my life, and the last 2 were done with SharkBite and flexible lines. Only way to go. The next time it goes out, you can do the job in less than an hour.
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This tank is soldered in. Can those sharkbite fittings be used to connect to existing copper or would it be better to use compression fittings?
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Do not use compression fittings.
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Just go to Lowes or HD, pick out the HWH and have their people put it in. They warrant their work better than John Doe Plumbing.
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Originally Posted by HardLivin View Post
This tank is soldered in. Can those sharkbite fittings be used to connect to existing copper or would it be better to use compression fittings?
Believe me when I say this; shark bites make people like me or you capable plumbers.
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I NEVER USE SHARKBITES INDOORS !!!

Total job heater install just did one Parts and Labor $665.00 Soldered in / QD Whip / Pan and Expansion tank ...

One year on Install 6 Years on Tank
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Shark bite fitting have a place in the world Just not on good plumbing systems Look to pay close to 800 installed from a reputable plumber. Before everyone goes crazy reread the word reputable...
Don't buy Lowes we make a living pulling those installs out
I say Tommy always has a good price. Small shop ,overhead is under control.
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Sustainable business model / Living wage ... What's that ?

$800 would be right if I expected the above ... LOL

Originally Posted by Frma2z View Post
Shark bite fitting have a place in the world Just not on good plumbing systems Look to pay close to 800 installed from a reputable plumber. Before everyone goes crazy reread the word reputable...
Don't buy Lowes we make a living pulling those installs out
I say Tommy always has a good price. Small shop ,overhead is under control.
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Originally Posted by HardLivin View Post
This tank is soldered in. Can those sharkbite fittings be used to connect to existing copper or would it be better to use compression fittings?
Don't let sweating copper worry you. 10 mins with you tube the right tools and you will be an expert. PEC is easy and shark bite as a last resort. My home depot has a master plumber on staff during the day and can actually set you up if you bring pictures.
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What Tommy said.

Period.
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I hope all you armchair plumbers out there dont do any work on your boats, there are codes and safety reasons he should get a plumber, not to mention when he floods the house, just a thought
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DIY man seriously

Get the shark bite slide on flexible tubing and you are done.

cut old lines and shark bit new lines.

Done.\

Oh yeah don't forget the 3 wires and turn the breaker off
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