As a homeowner, you are likely seeking ways to save money. And at the same time, you need a new water heater for your home! Let’s face it – you can’t go for long without access to hot water. It is simply a necessary expense. In fact, a new water heater is an investment in the overall value of your property. Still, you wish to save money wherever possible, and we get it. However, there are many projects where do-it-yourself or DIY is not the best answer. In fact, we cannot urge homeowners against DIY water heater installation too strongly. A water heater is a complex system. Most use gas as a fuel source. As you may know, gas is quite dangerous. One wrong move could lead to property damage, injury and, in rare cases, even death. Keep safe, and let a professional handle the water heater installation in your home.
Why Schedule Professional Water Heater Installation
There are numerous reasons to hire a professional plumber to handle all the installations in your home, and even more reasons with a water heater. A water heater is unlike any other plumbing system you may have previously installed. A fixture is more straightforward, but a water heater can be dangerous.
Here are a few reasons to choose professional water heater installation:
- Sizing – With a hot water heater, sizing is critical. In fact, it can be argued that sizing is the most important factor when buying a new hot water heater. If you do not size your new water heater properly, you’ll lose money each month and enjoy less hot water when you need it most. Professional installation experts can select the right hot water heater, the proper size, and the perfect efficiency rating for your home’s needs.
- No Leaks – DIY or improper water heater installation can put you at an increased risk of fuel leaks, water leaks, or improper ventilation. Ventilation is incredibly important. With a gas-based water heater, carbon monoxide buildup is a genuine threat. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, dangerous gas that accumulates in an unventilated area quickly. Regarding water, a leaking water heater can pose a significant threat to your property in the form of water damage.
- Professionalism – Should anything ever go wrong with your hot water heater, you’ll have an expert to turn to. When you require maintenance or repairs, one call to your installation expert will have you covered.
Why Not DIY
There are countless reasons to skip DIY water heater installation. For example, do you know how to properly and safely remove, transport, and dispose of an old water heater? Few homeowners actually have this knowledge and experience.
Furthermore, most homeowners, perhaps yourself included, are not equipped to perform a complete installation of a major plumbing system. You would need the right tools and safety equipment to ensure the best results. Investing in such tools could help, but you also need to know how to properly and safely use each item beforehand. It’s a hassle – and while it’s true we can learn by doing, installing a water heater on your own is not the project you want to start with.