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How Much Does It Cost To Have A 40 Gallon Water Heater Installed?

i live in north florida and was just quoted by Sears $299 to have a 40 gallon water heater installed that costs $229.

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  1. Comment by Spock
    September 13, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

    I would imagine where you live plays a part in how much it will cost.
    On average I would venture to say a average of $150 labor + the cost of the hot water tank. The tank itself will vary in cost — depends on quality —- around $300 to start , and up .
    It’s not really difficult at all for a homeowner to do it — if he”s a little bit handy — either installing a 220v model , or gas. It’s really not that big of a thing , and quite a simple,quick task to make “easy” money , in most cases.
    In some areas — you are required by code to elevate the tank up 18″inches off the floor to the point of ignition on the tank — this would be generally where the flame is. This is to prevent a “flashback” if you’re using a solvent,etc. in the garage — since fumes tend to stay closer to the ground level.
    There are some other things to remember —- common sense mostly.
    If you own/buying your home — then you may be able to do the job yourself.
    Anyway —– just a few thoughts .
    +++Spock+++

  2. Comment by shawnd51
    September 13, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

    That’s a fair price. You can figure the cost of the heater, plus $75-$100 to install it.

  3. Comment by dadcat00
    September 13, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

    Thats a fair price to have one installed usually costs about that.

  4. Comment by Security Dealer
    September 14, 2009 @ 2:50 am

    Home depot has 40 gallon heaters at about $239. I agree that is a fair price if it includes everything.
    servicemagic.com will get you quotes from local plumbers.

  5. Comment by Anonymous
    September 14, 2009 @ 5:49 am

    I paid $550 and that included the heater. Buy the heater yourself at a store like Home Depot or Lowes and then call a plumber. You might save money that way. I DO NOT like Sears. Call a plumber and he can get the heater at his cost and just charge his cost plus installation.

  6. Comment by M d
    September 14, 2009 @ 11:39 am

    You would be better off getting it done by a private plumbing company.

  7. Comment by Firefigh
    September 14, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

    sounds fair

  8. Comment by T.J.
    September 14, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

    That sounds like a fair price.

  9. Comment by fawdown
    September 14, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

    That is cheap but I would be careful. I had Sears install some things in my house and they used substandard connectors, etc that almost caused a fire.

  10. Comment by miguel
    September 14, 2009 @ 7:07 pm

    just go into your yellow pages under plumbing and call several places to get quotes.it also depends on the location of the hot water heater.that will determine the cost.if it’s easy in and out you shouldn’t have to pay more than $100 and they’ll usually haul it off for free to the local metal (scrap)works.the main thing is to make sure that there are no leaks and if it’s copper hook up the solder seams are clean/there should also be a stand or pan under the heater.most already have legs attached to them

  11. Comment by Jay
    August 8, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    I own a plumbing company and I have to say that what I’m hearing is silly! First of all the plumber has to get in the hot attic and undo the hot water heater ,15 mins then has got to drain all the water out 15 to 20 min. Then the plumber will need a helper to haul it down which can be tuff at times not to damage anything.Now let just hope you don’ have stairs in the house and then maybe again on the out side of the house to haul all this. Once that is done we moust consider that the trip just to and from the job only takes 30 minutes each way then there the trip to the store to buy the water heater and that time 20 mins.

    Now lets move on: Un pack the water heater and there is some parts to put togeter . Now its time to haul it back up in the attic .another 15 min to reconnect. If its gas then it may take another 15 min just to get a new heater flame started.Hold on were not done yeat now we wait some more to let the tank fill up, then wait for the tank to heat up! Now were 4 to 6 hours in labor for the plumber and helper and we have not even clean up or packed the tools in yeat .

    Your going to spend about 400.00 600.00 for avg water heater 40 gal gas or elt. Your should pay about the same in labor & time . And i guess we’ll pay the gas back to the shop!

    150.00 is going to get you a handy man from hell or unlic work that may end up flooding your attic and house if done worng or worse a gas leak . Sorry for the grammer and spelling I just dont have time .

  12. Comment by jake
    August 28, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

    water heater in the attic? most are either in the garage or basement depends were you live northern cold climates are almost always in the basement warmer climate states are in the garage. and most gas heaters are eletronic ignited no need to wait 15 min to start the flame to me u sound like a auto mechanic who tries to sell headlight fluid. $1200 to replace a water heater lowes is selling a very good gas 40gal water heater for $340 plus $250 for install TOPS for a total 600 bucks and that at the high end. sears is making money off the sale of the water heater and trying to make money off the installtion of the heater. Call a local handi man service and get a quto and stay away from silly people like jay!!!!

  13. Comment by Sam
    October 1, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

    Jay is absolutey right, it is very time consuming to install a water heater and 600.00 is not going to get you a good deal, only someone who will rush and end up causing some serious problems, a 40 gal, 9 year warranty gas heater will run around 459.00 plus tax at Loews or Home Depot, then you have fittings, piping, maybe a new pan and gas line, with all that and many other little things not mentioned, expect to pay around 1200.00 for the job. Sorry but the pros get paid!!!! I would not touch it for less than 1200.00, even if the homeowner helped me!!!!, later guys gotta go make money!!!!

  14. Comment by Michael
    May 10, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    I just installed a 40 gallon gas water heater. Total cost heater $340.00 received $260.00 heater was 8 yrs old had a 9 yrs warranty. Parts maybe $ 10.00 – had the flux and sotter, tank was in laundry room used hand cart to roll out and roll in. The job. was done tops 2 hours this include pick up. Job was done by me only, I’m in the furniture business I respect professional but not when they take advantage

  15. Comment by Robert
    September 30, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    I think all people here are fools a 40 gal water heater cost is 500 Home Depot and another 500 to hook it up and includes permit straps drain expansion tank and all new codes and don’t do it to code and can’t sell house or if fire insurance company will not pay

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