Actual costs for Bradford White water heaters?

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by packardv8, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. packardv8

    packardv8 New Member

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    I've used Bradford White water heaters for many years and believe them to be a reasonably good product. However, their secrecy in pricing makes it difficult to compare potential installations.

    Any suggestions as to how to where to find actual costs and average retail-to-customer markups? The SupplyHouse.com gives a delivered price. The only other seller I found gave a low-ball price, then added $400 for shipping, which made it come out the same.

    Anyone ever bought a BW from an on-line seller? If so, would you recommend it? If not, why not?

    Bottom line - what options are there for the DIY to use BW, even though they don't want our business?

    jack vines
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2014
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    When they chose to sell to pro installers, that just makes everyone's job easier. I can't tell you how many hack jobs I've seen by handymen.
    We sell and install Bradford White too. But only with the install.
  3. packardv8

    packardv8 New Member

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    Yes, Terry, I agree. Most homeowners shouldn't be installing gas water heaters. However, I wish I'd taken a photo of the professional licensed plumber installation I'll be replacing. The inlet needed a brass union between the ball valve and the tank. I realize unions are a PITA to measure and get right and tight. Instead, there was an 18" horizontal "U" with six soldered joints sticking out into the room. My guess was he didn't want to walk down the driveway and out to the curb to his truck to get the union and the nipples. That's just one example of less than the best pros sometimes deliver.

    Thanks,

    jack vines
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