How much should a new water heater cost?
Last Sunday night, our 20 year old hot water heater went kaput -- started pouring water all over the place. We immediately called a plumber, and he came out and looked it. Told us it was a goner, and we needed a new one, and that he had one in stock, and could install it the next morning. That sounded good to us (we didn't want to go very long without a hot water heater). He informed us that the price would be about $1500.
The work was done, the final bill came out to about $1600, and we now have a hot water heater.
We then did some research (yes, we should have done it before, but the timing was tight, and we just wanted hot water), and discovered that a new 30 gallon hot water heater generally runs $300 - $500. So where did the rest of that money go that we spent? Granted, some should go to labor (it took them a couple of hours to install it), and carting away of the old heater, but come on.
Did we get ripped off?