All water heaters will have the base fee for supply & install, most water heaters require a city permit, only some water heaters will require code upgrades. Due to this, we break out each amount separately to come up with your total cost. What’s included and how do I know which fees apply to me?1. BASE FEE: (Supply/Install)
This fee applies to every water heater replacement and is calculated on the size of the water heater, where in the home the water heater is located, etc. It includes:
The base fee cost range listed on this page applies to State or Rheem residential 40 and 50 gallon gas or electric tank water heaters in our local service area that are installed on the ground level or up to two flights (keep in mind that an attic stairwell is counted as one flight). All taxes for items in the base fee are already included so there is no additional tax added to the base fee (except in commercial installation). We use floor coverings and other items when necessary to ensure our work areas are clean and nothing in the home is damaged.
- Disconnect, removal and haul off of existing water heater.
- New water heater supplied & installed in same location of existing water heater.
- Miscellaneous material required to connect your new water heater is included at no additional cost:
- Water flexes
- Gas flex (when applicable)
- Cold water valve
- Gas valve (when applicable)
- Pan (when necessary)
2. PERMIT FEE:
Each city is different and charges different fees, therefore we do not include this fee in our base pricing. In some instances (such as when a home is located in the county with no city requirement) a permit is not needed. We are required to install all water heaters according to applicable codes, we do so even in cases where a city permit & inspection is not required.
We do not mark up city permit fees. Most cities charge somewhere between $25.00 - $50.00 for their permits. Houston charges $115.00. If a permit is required for your job we will let you know exactly what your cost will be. When permits are pulled, a city inspector will also need to come out on a separate date and inspect the installation of your water heater to be sure it is done correctly and up to all current code requirements. We will assist in getting your inspection scheduled once your new water heater is installed.3. CODE UPGRADES:
Not all water heaters will have additional fees for this. Typically if your water heater is 10 years old or less and was previously installed by a licensed plumber, it should have been installed up to the current code requirements already and if so, no additional costs will apply.
The typical range for code upgrades when they are required runs from $50 to $400 depending on how much of the upgrades are needed. We do not give an exact price for this over the phone. We give this range so customers will have an idea of the range of cost if any upgrades are needed. If for some reason code upgrades would be outside of this range for your water heater, our company will inform you right up front when we arrive to put in your water heater before any work is done. This would be a very rare occasion.
We are able to offer such competitive pricing because we quote the exact base fee and permit fee, along with the range of cost for possible code upgrades by phone without having to make an additional trip to the home to do so. If for some reason you need the exact amount for install because you believe you have code upgrades and would prefer not to schedule based on the range listed, we can come out and give you a flat estimate - in this case the charge for a regular service call will apply. Again, not all water heaters will require code upgrades. See below for more helpful information regarding code upgrades.