Sears-San Bruno Informative - Sears Water Heater Installation Scam
SAN BRUNO, CALIFORNIA -- I recently paid $800 for a new water heater from Sears which included $300 installation fee. As if that wasn't enough, when the delivery man came to install it he charged me an EXTRA $303 to "bring it up to code", so the total price of the water heater is now $1,100! What a scam. THe alterations needed were VERY minor.
While the agreement says additional charges might occur to bring things up to code it is still MUCH MUCH cheaper to have a local plumber install it. However SEARS and its sales people make big bucks fleecing customers by having these scam installations where you get nickeled and dimed for using their services.
My advice NEVER use a SEARS installer. You will be charged MUCH MUCH more than is reasonable.