SURPRISE, ARIZONA -- I went to Home Depot in anticipation of purchasing and having an installation of a replacement electric water heater for my home. After viewing, and because there was no Home Depot associates to assist me and with the small amount of knowledge I have of water heaters, I choose an intermediate Rheem electric with a price of $609.00. I have always installed my own water heaters but because I am now in my mid 80's I decided to consider a Home Depot installation. I had already drained and uninstalled the current water heater and removed it to outside.
The new installation is quite simple. All that had to be done was place the new heater in position under the "Flex" pipes left from the previous installation and connect those two pipes and then connect the electrical wires left from the previous heater. Then turn the cold water on to fill the new heater and turn the power back on at the service box. One technician should be able to do this in about an hour, after making my selection of heater as I mentioned above.
I walked around the store again finding a gentlemen wearing an orange apron, I asked him if he had knowledge of installation costs for a water heater? He proceeded to and said it varies, but its any where from $800.00 to $1,200. I assumed he misunderstood my question and rephrased it again. He reaffirmed that his price range was correct.
I then went to the Customer Service Desk to ask the same question and was told that the installation charge is the same as the price of a water heater. Therefore in my case the installation charge will be $609.00. I immediately went to Lowe's across the street and asked the same question and was told the water heater installation cost is $279.00. Needless to say that Home Depot lost a sale due to an extremely inflated installation fee. After arriving home I called two plumbing company's and explained my situation. I was quoted two prices for installation. One of $199.00, and the other $270.00. When I told each of them of the price quote from Home Depot of $609.00 to $1,200.00 they each stated that it was not the first time they have heard that, and "Incredible" was their comment.
TWENTY NINE PALMS, CALIFORNIA -- Don't go with the Home Depot installation service. Forget about same day installation if calling before noon. Doesn't happen. Set up an appointment with a window of 2 pm to 6 pm for the next day. Installer refused to give me an estimate of price over the phone. My tenant stayed home all afternoon. At 5:55 pm the technician called her and said they couldn't make it. This morning I finally was able to talk to a manager and received an estimate of $1200 just for the installation! Went with someone else who will pull the permit and install for $350. HD installation is a major ripoff. Don't even consider using them. The people they contract with are a joke.
HUMBLE, TEXAS -- If you call before noon (I did) you're supposed to have same day install. Service guy arrived at 6 pm for 11am-1pm appointment. They quoted unnecessary parts and permits plus high labor to install. He was gouging and upselling. Next day I got a different guy, who installed it at less than half the price, and got the job done in less than 2 hours, including removal of old unit from the attic. Home Depot should not send out these type of contractors and they should not advertise something they can't deliver on. On a 1 to 5 scale, I rate them zero.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- I noticed for some time a puddle of water repeatedly forming on my basement tile floor...... After six months of this, I examined the floor with a strong flashlight and noticed that the bottom of the G.E. hot water heater was rusty and leaking..... Since the unit was still under warranty, I called the Home Depot store from which it was originally purchased.... After calling G.E. for suggestions, which were: the heater is still under warranty and we will replace it free of charge. I was satisfied with this and made arrangements to have the unit replaced....
I was told that I would have to uninstall the heater and take it to Home Depot for the swap; when upon, I explained that I was in my mid sixties and had a small Mercedes convertible and asked if other arrangements could be made.... After several waits, lost calls and transfers, an arrangement was made that I would pay over $500 and Home Depot would arrange to have someone come to my home and take out the old heater and replace it with an identical unit. I was somewhat annoyed that the "replacement" with installation.....after all, the unit was defective and leaking, after all!......was going to cost more than the original heater, with delivery and installation!
I agreed to the proposal, with some reservations. So, today, the chosen contractor sent by Home Depot, by the way, came by, immediately told me that I had to write Home Depot a check for $663(!) which I did..... He verified the funds and proceeded to removed the old heater....... Then he told me that I needed to go to the Home Depot store and return the old heater and pick up the new one! I explained that that had already been worked out.... That was why I was paying this exorbitant charge, wasn't it? He said "No"......that I had to do all of this.
I was furious and felt totally ripped off, and called the Home Depot Store on Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, waited while the operator finished a personal conversation with another operator, then eventually put me through to the store manager or assistant manager. Again, I had to explain what was going on..... The manager spoke to the installation person and told him that he was to take the old unit back to the store and return with the "warranty" replacement and install it......
I am currently waiting for him to return and do this so that I can clean up the muddy footprints and the mess that was made during this ordeal......AND.....the cost of all this, my time and worry.....all for a unit that was failing before its "time" ......within the warranty period....... That's why I am now determined to go to any and every message board and complaint blog and express my disapproval of how this was handled. Customer service at Home Depot has really gone down the tubes in the many years since I first began to frequent the old Sidney Marcus Blvd. location where I was always treated fairly and politely. That is no longer the case, is it?
So.... I suppose Home Depot considers it fair for me to pony up over $800 to replace a $220 hot water heater..... I feel totally ripped off and intend to express my grievances on any and all message boards and complaint sites that I can possibly locate on the internet and to write personal letters to both Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, for what that's worth.....probably very little! So, I am having dinner guests this evening and NO WATER!
Addendum: it's 5.40 P.M and the installer has returned with the new unit to install it. The store manager has agreed to not charge any additional expenses (over the $660 already charged to me and paid by me) for the replacement. I'm still annoyed and a bit disgusted by all this inconvenience and waste of my time and energy.
PORT ST LUCIE, FLORIDA -- Don't buy Home Depot water heater extended contract. If we hadn't had this worthless contract we would have fixed the water heater ourselves by now. Instead we spent all day Friday trying to get an appointment with their service company and now today (Monday) have gotten a call that they can't come out today but will be here tomorrow morning. Also not sure what the contract really covers since we were never provided a description of it. So if you want to wait on your hot water be sure to pay the extra money for the contract.
KIRKLAND, WA -- So I was quoted $679 for the installation on my hot water heater, which seemed high, but the company was offering a 12-month no interest if charged on their credit card deal, and since finances are kind of tight right now, it seemed worth it. My house is a 1935 home, and is admittedly not up to code on a lot of stuff. It still has galvanized pipes and most of the repair and installation work prior to me, looks to be DIY. I would have installed this myself as well, but I am terrified of wiring, and since the water heater had to be wired in, I decided to avoid an electrical shock or fire and have it done professionally.
So the quote was $679. When they left, they ended up charging me $1379. I thought WOW! My house must have really sucked, until I started looking at what I got charged for and how much. The drip pan they "installed" cost me $59. When I looked it up on the internet, it costs $22 max to purchase, and the installation on that is... sit the heater in the pan.
Everything on the list and the charges they added were 3x cost of the item. I was charged $80 separately for earthquake straps on my heater - every plumber I have talked to afterwards tells me that is something that should have been included with the installation and original quote. Wonder why I contacted plumbers afterwards? Well I went to take a nice hot shower to wash the stress of paying twice what I thought I was going to pay for the heater, and found out the hot water is not going to my bath tub, which is located 5 feet away from my hot water heater.
I called the installation company to ask them to come and fix the issue, and they said since I signed the job complete and in the completion signature there is a block saying that if I have galvanized pipes they are not responsible for their installation to work, I am out of luck and to call a plumber to fix their installation and flush my pipes. So what I learned was this: Home Depot's subcontractors just suck. Their no-interest deal sounds awesome, until you are paying double. Also I learned, don't sign papers until YOU test the item, not just take the word of the installation guy. The subcontractor for this was: Fast Water Heater Company (Kirkland, WA).
MCKINNEY, TEXAS -- I went to the Home Depot store in McKinney, TX on Custer Road - great store, got some info on same day water heaters. I needed one so I called and placed my order, got an approximate total and a scheduled time. Things are great up until now, I thought these guys are great!!! Wrong!!!
When the subcontractor Mr. ** from same day water heaters shows up at my house, quotes me a totally different price, twice what I was given. Then asked me to remove some things that were blocking the water heater access or he would charge me an additional 350 dollars to remove them, to which I said "No problem. Just give me a few minutes and I'll do it myself". I stated "It is not that difficult". Then Mr. ** gets in his truck and leaves without saying a word. I called back to see where he was and he was MIA - got his feelings hurt because I would not pay him the extra 350 he wanted to make.
Horrible, unprofessional company - god awful attitude from this guy since he got there. Clearly, he was in a bad mood or something. I don't mind paying for things but when your attitude overtakes and you behave the way this Mr. ** did, I lose all respect for a company like Home Depot as they represent them and they should not have these vendor providing these services act this way. I will never use another service from Home Depot where a subcontractor is used, and I will avoid shopping there as well. LOWE'S is a better option. Goodbye Home Depot. This may not mean much but you just lost a good customer
CARROLLTON, GEORGIA -- I had the hot water heater (I would write the name and make of heater but the TOS agreement seems to suggest otherwise) installed on 9/15/2008 and noticed in August of 2012 that it was leaking. Since it is in the basement, I can't be sure when it started. I had a professional plumbing service come and eventually it was concluded that the seam was leaking which means the hot water heater had to be replaced. I called Home Depot because there was a 6-year warranty. Who I spoke with was pleasant but what I was left with in terms of their warranty was not.
What happened in this situation as in others I assume is that they depreciated the hot water heater and I was responsible financially for the delivery and installation. When added up, I might as well pay for a new hot water heater and be able to get one of a different name brand since I did not want the same. I am up in years and have never heard of a hot water heater lasting less than 4 years. Yes, they are still selling these heaters. I tried to post this on Home Depot's consumer reviews and they blocked it so one might want to calculate when reading these reviews just how many are not there.
SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA -- I called Home Depot, who outsources to Fast Water Heater Company. What an experience! The best part if you call Fast Water Heater company directly, the prices are CHEAPER than Home Depot. No surprise, as Home Depot needs their cut. Regardless, they identify all the code requirements and charge you extra fees for code compliance. This was clearly stated when scheduled, but the upsell charges are RIDICULOUS! Here where they are scamming customers: $89 to install one bare copper wire. Seriously? This costs less than $20 in materials and 5-10 minutes of labor.
Another example, $119 to install 3 straps. Again, maybe $40 in parts and at best 20 minutes to install. Third example to prove the over-the-top pricing, $39 for a gas sediment trap with is less than $8 in parts from Home Depot and less than 10 minutes to install. Fourth example, requiring Expansion Tank at $179 when the part retails for $52.50 and you get online for $29.95. Are these the type of people who deserve your business? Don't get taken by these guys!
My water heater stopped working just before the July 4th weekend. I called Home Depot, who had a good price on a small water heater. I liked shopping at their stores, so I wrongfully assumed that their customer service would be just as good for installation. They gave me the price for the water heater, delivery fee and installation. It was a great price. They said the installer would be in contact with me and that I would pay for it once the installation was complete. The installer called me and said they could not come out until July 5th, due to the holiday. An old guy showed up and walked around my basement.
He called his boss and told me that he would have to install an electric line for the new heater and the price was $125 more. I agreed. He was to return the next day. He never showed or called. I called Home Depot corporate customer support. I spoke to ** who said there was nothing Home Depot could do. It was up to me to call the installer. I asked if Home Depot did not care and if that was the case, what was the point of using Home Depot? He apologized, but said there was nothing more he could do. So, do not use Home Depot for installations. They don't care what the installers do or don't do so there is no reason to use this service.