I'm so sick of hearing people complain. Who will you sue if your family is killed by a fly by night! Maybe instead of picking on the grunt tradesman, you should be picketing the local schools and cutting some costs there, or demanding the retirements of the government employees be cut to a fair amount instead of worrying about your neighborhood tradesman. Gas requirements When installing a tankless water heater, either , , or any other brand, see the model description on the rating plate and read the manufacturer's instruction before installation. All that burn natural gas or propane require a venting system. Also, if you only pay the plumber, how does the person who answered your phone call for service get paid? What about their other office overhead costs customer service employees, insurance, supplies, computers, and everything else a business needs? These devices can cost significantly more than tank models of the same size although high-end water heaters cost about the same. Also, have a handyman install it if it is going in the same place - you don't need a plumber for that.
I would go back to 1 of the 4 union halls I worked out of and shut my business down. The lowest quote got the job. For most people this makes a lot of sense. Arguably the biggest benefit offered by tankless water heaters is less energy consumption. A friend of mine would remove what was left of the plastic pipe and replace it with a copper water pipe that delivered the fresh cold water to the bottom of the tank and extended the life of the heater for another five years or longer. Insurance both liability and vehicle, phones, gas, maintenance, taxes, employee benefits vacation, medical insurance Obama Care , workers comp.
Be careful not to oversize the hole, as this will cause a potential leak in the roof. The rating plate carries information such as the gas type, electric rating, gas and water pressure. Every characteristic of a house has an effect on its value, some to a greater extent than others, including where the water heater is located. However, because of the prolonged and complicated installation process, expect to add several hundred to a couple thousand dollars more in installation costs. Tank and tankless models are the most popular, so we will focus on them. Which justifies prices charged in most cases. I rely on the professional coming to provide me a fair price, but it doesn't seem that's what I got.
If we weren't planning on moving in the next year or so, I'd consider a tankless heater just because it would have been easier to get in. To the customer, we do have to understand there are alot of variables that go into replacing a water heater. I am essentially blue-collar status as well but with a hell of a lot more responsibility than you could ever imagine, even as a master plumber. I drained the old water heater before he got there. If I wanted to work for 30. Switching from a tank to a tankless device If you have a storage unit and want to switch to a tankless one, you should be prepared to spend a lot more. An alarm would be a good idea.
It took him 4 hours to complete the job. Nearly everyday, homeowners post questions where multiple installers gave them differing options that they were clearly unable to explain. Would that make you feel better? If you indeed have a real need for a professional - shop wisely and don't be afraid to negotiate prices. Malfunctions caused by lime, mineral build-up, or scale are not covered by manufacturers warranties. In colder climates like ours with colder groundwater, smaller tankless water heaters will only deliver enough hot water for one shower at a time. I feel this test is a rip off and a set price should be implemented.
That included the install and to haul away the old unit. Hot water is an amenity that most people just can't live without. Even in New York it seems too much. For example, many companies may offer to buy the hot water heater for you they will help you select one , and then will roll their labor fees into the total cost. Because of this complication, most homes that have a slab foundation also have the water heater in the attic.
Tankless water heaters, however, regularly last up to 20 years or more, making them a great investment over time, especially if you plan to stay in your house for years or decades. However, it makes for a trickier installation job to put it in somewhere new. If you get a heater that is too small, your family will be very uncomfortable for the next 10-12 years in all daily tasks, from taking showers to doing laundry. The first decision was whether to move the second floor unit to the attic. Nobody likes working in an attic or crawlspace. The type of gas has to match the rating plate, and the gas pressure should be within the specified range. Another issue, if not installed per the manufacturers installation instructions not installing a dirt leg for example the warranty is void.
Condensate Drain Protection Freezing condensate left in condensate trap and drain line may cause cracks, and possible water damage may occur. It is a rental property so I am not going to do it myself. Plumbers and electricians and auto mechanics and just about anyone else is going to try and take advantage of women and senior citizens. Plus they are very easy to maintain. Shop payment, lady in office, van payments, and so on. Author: , Reuben Saltzman is a second-generation home inspector with a passion for his work. That's when I found out the other disadvantage of having a hot water heater in the attic -- replacing it is a major production.
Any professional plumber worth his or her salt can make it that happen, though. Steve Hyde, general manager for in , echoes that sentiment. Heights vary depending on manufacturers, so this could mean you have to adjust your vent piping to ensure that proper grade is given least you want to endanger your family with carbon monoxide leaking back into the house. Most water heaters are installed elsewhere with sufficient clearance to prevent snuffing out the pilot in case of flooding, but all should drain outside. Jan has made a big decision, but, as often happens with big decisions, this has given her a bunch of other decisions to make as well.