water heater replacement cost

Old 10-01-03, 05:54 PM
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water heater replacement cost

I am in the process of replacing an old gas water heater (1985...) and the first estimate that we got was $1000 for a 40 gal Rheem. This cost included approx. $200 for a few adjustments to bring things up to code - running the gas pipe in front of the unit rather than behind, and replacing the water valve which is currently the old faucet type. The other $800 was for the new unit and install. Is this a little high? Any comments would be greatly appreciated!!!
Old 10-01-03, 07:49 PM
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Hello tmontross. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and our Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Honest answer is, very difficult to say. Prices vary and can vary widely within the same local area. Price shopping is the only means to determine what the fair market value is in your area.

Many areas have changed the codes for appliance installations. Of those you mentioned, are the very common ones which must be upgraded to meet the newer codes.

Installation companies and or plumbers with licenses to work within your area are required to upgrade all new installations of appliances. Thus each will have to perform the same changes.

What those costs are going to be determines who you select. The selected company or person should be one who is qualified and whom will be in business when and if they are needed in the future for any warranty work.

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