water heater install?


Hello, What would a plumber charge in labor to remove and install a new water heater. 40 gallon, gas fired. USA, ILL. Full basement. Average cost? Thanks, Dan.
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Mine was $950 including the heater. It shows on the bill as one charge: no tax nor labor, just $950. My guess that the labor was around $150 per hour since he was doing the job for around 4 hours (including getting initial sizing and installation information, going out to pick up the heater, fittings, earthquake mounting stuff, blanket, some special board it sits on and getting rid of the old one.
He did get one call on an instant heat/demand heater install and he said they run around $2500.
Oh, this is in Southern California, fwiw. Honestly, he did a good job though, cleaned up well, and replaced all the lines going into it and some flue-pipe ducting as well. He secured the thing top and bottom with some heavy duty straps for earthquake and wrapped it all up in a thick blanket (it's outside).
B~
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Was it a gas or electric heater? Eric.

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