What is the labor for installing an oil fired water heater?
We hear that at least 2-3 times a week.
Please allow me to explain what that “labor charge” represents.
When looking at the total cost of a $2,000 oil fired water heater replacement you must realize only about .25-.30% can be considered “labor”.
Besides the water heater tank, oil burner we have other parts associated with installing the burner, and the low voltage electrical connections, the safety kill switch, vent piping, we also make combustion adjustments to the unit. This is so you have a properly working burner, the temperature settings are adjusted, you don’t get carbon monoxide poisoning and your water heater burns as little fuel as possible. Copper piping, copper fittings, flux, solder, fuel for the torch are all required for a oil fired water heater installation.
$500-700 dollar installation service is NOT “labor“
Please don’t be the person that does some basic internet research and finds out what a water heater tank costs, subtract that from a quote and say something like.. “oh you guys are charging me (X amount) of dollars in LABOR?“ Ugh, people like this clearly have never owned a business, so let us break it down quickly.
Remember, we need to travel to your home, in a truck (we paid for) or are making payments on, and it requires fuel, oil, tires, fluids, reregistration and insurance. We need to bring expensive tools, years of experience, all the necessary acquired skills to do the job. Our installers went to school for 4 years, did 3,500 hours of training just to get licensed and all carry at least a 2 million dollar insurance policy. Our installers are not only traditional plumbers, they are experienced with oil fired products (and there are not many of us left.) We need to remove, drive to New Haven to properly dispose of your old equipment at the recycling facility. There is more than just installing the tank that goes into your quote-
Don’t forget about our business expenses-
Like any other business we have bills from; office phones, cell phones, trucks, tools, insurance, workers comp, accounts with wholesalers, office suppliers, websites, servers, marketing, office help, an accountant. You are paying for a portion of every single business expense we have, and obliviously the men preforming the work at your home, the tools they are using, and the truck they arrived in. So when you think to yourself about “labor chargers” Please think about the total picture.
Safe > Sorry
Oil fired water heaters contain enough force (if a major accident happens) to desultory your home and devastate your life. Oil fired water heaters produce as many BTU’s and can hold enough potential stored energy as a very powerful bomb. DO NOT TRUST SOME GUY WORKING PART TIME IN THE HOME DEPOT PLUMBING SECTION INSTALL YOUR OIL FIRED WATER HEATER! He or she certainly does Not have a fuel combustion analyzer, and he or she will not be back at your house if the burner shuts down, you smell carbon in the air, or see black shoot coming out of your chimney! God forbid, having an inexperienced oil man install an oil fired water heater could be the worse mistake of your adult life.
But I Desperately Need To Save Money On My Oil Fired Water Heater Installation Costs! We hear that a lot too-
$500-700 is the best we can do for an oil fired water heater installation, sorry if that doesn’t fit in your budget. You can save money on the installation of almost anything else you need for your home, but not heating products. If someone makes a mistake installing your sink, faucet, dishwasher, washing machine etc- you might get a small water leak. An oil fired water heater can not only leak, it can flood your home, the oil line could be compromised, dangerous carbon monoxide needs to be properly vented.
Feel free to get anyone working part time in the plumbing section of your local home depot to install your new faucet, toilet, sink, dishwasher, washing machine, fence etc. Those things will not kill you or destroy your home if they fail!
I REPEAT DO NOT TRY TO INSTALL A OIL FIRED WATER HEATER UNLESS YOU ARE A LICENSED PLUMBER, WITH EXPERIENCE IN OIL FIRED PRODUCTS- BURNERS- AND PROPER COMBUSTION TRAINING!
For 500-700 bucks we will get the job done 100% correctly, you can sleep well at night knowing everything is perfect. Peace of mind for the next 15+ years is certainly worth our low oil water heater installation rates. If you desperately need to save some money we may be able to help you save money off the equipment by using scratched & dented tanks, disconnected models, out dated products, used water heater tanks and reusing the burner- if possible. .