Re: Plumbing ethics
A reputable tradesman would have installed a new waterheater three years ago, not a 25 year old model and passed it off as new. A reputable tradesman would have also provided you with warranty paperwork to register your new waterheater when it was installed. A reputable tradesman would also be licensed, insured, and bonded, as well as provide you with written contracts as to what work is being done and what equipment is being installed. How you paid your bill doesn't affect any of the above.
What your rights are now will largely depend on whether or not the guy is licensed or not. If he is, then he can lien your property for the amount owed, not an overly big deal until it comes time for procuring a loan on or resale of the property.
If he is NOT licensed, then he has no recourse should you decide not to pay. He could possibly take you to small claims court, however as an unlicensed tradesman doing business he'd be opening himself up for a world of hurt from the governing establishment.
1 - Pay and forget about it
2 - Don't pay and forget about it
3 - Don't pay and report them to your local contractors governing body. Licensed or not, these are shady practices that should be brought to the attention of your contractors board.
I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!