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Are these quotes reasonable?

Rich Kontny_4
Rich Kontny_4 Member Posts: 73
Get three quotes in order to compare. Make sure all bids are using similar materials and equipment.

Rich K.


  • gat
    gat Member Posts: 6

    I want to add an indirect hot water heater to my existing boiler, and also add outdoor reset controls at the same time. I've gotten two quotes, and both seem higher than I was expecting.

    Quote 1: Install 80 gallon SuperStor indirect and Taco zone controls and outdoor reset. $5600 total.

    Quote 2: Install Weil McLain Plus 80 indirect - $4700. Install Tekmar 260 outdoor reset controls - $1600. Total cost $6300.

    Should I keep looking?
  • gerry gill
    gerry gill Member Posts: 3,078
    we dont get into pricing

    on this forum..we don't know the complexities of your particular system, nor do we know the ''cost of doing business'' numbers of the companies involved.

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  • Tom Hopkins
    Tom Hopkins Member Posts: 552
    Sounds like...

    about about one day's work for a competent technician. If they charged the going rate, which seems to be (very dependent of locale) between $75 and $200/hr., the labor alone could run between $600 & 1,600. Add to that, materials at ~ $1,500 with a reasonable markup on parts of 1/3, plus taxes and you get something between $2,600 and $3,600. Then too, zone valves, copper, fittings, gas, solder, wire etc. adds perhaps another $200-400.

    Both designs/options are in the "better solutions" category (I like both ways and brands equally), so without seeing the job - WHICH IS ALWAYS CRITICAL TO PRICING ACCURATELY - it is nearly impossible to assume anything that would be "on-point" in your case.

    Should a lead man and a helper both - be required, (and in all fairness, how's a man going to jerk a 300 lb indirect down the stairs without help going to manage...

    The quotes are not that far away from reasonable. I'd get one more quoute and see what happens.

    This article I wrote some years ago about how to find a good contractor may help as well:


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