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Long Island Water Heater Installation, Do it Yourself or Hire a Professional?

by | Sep 18, 2017

Long Island Water Heater Replacement

If you live on Long Island and need water heater replacement, do you do it yourself or hire a professional?  Replacing your water heater should never be a headache. There are a variety of reasons why your water heater needs replacement.  Maybe it has been on a slow decline, and you have been keeping it alive through repairs, or you want to update and modernize your home water heater, or you are faced with a sudden break.  When you need Long Island water heater installation, here are some considerations to keep in mind.

You can always hire a water heater professional to install an identical make and model when you decide to replace your home’s water heater. However, if your water heater is fairly old, the size of your family has changed, and so you need more or less water at any given time, or you want to consider some of the technological improvements that make new water heaters more environmentally friendly here are some factors to consider.

How much hot water do you need and how quickly do you need it?

Most water heaters have a capacity of 40 to 50 gallons, and the exact capacity depends on the size of your water heater and how much space you want to devote to it. Also, heaters come with a different recovery rate, measured by how many gallons will be heated within a given hour. If you are not sure how much hot water your family needs access to, contact a water heater professional or browse our site for more information.

Energy Efficiency

Water heaters can use up much energy but, depending on the model and the amount of work put into preventative measures during installation, your energy cost can be chipped away. For example, insulation can be added along the pipes and the water heater during the installation process to ensure that energy is not escaping; you can also directly reduce the amount of energy that your water heater uses by finding a unit with a high energy efficiency rating.

Once you select your replacement unit based on what is the best fit for your family’s hot water use and your house’s dimensions, installation can begin. However, installing a brand new water heater, especially if it is a different model type that offers more advanced features, can be complicated, take a long time to complete if it is your first time installing a water heater, and can lead to leaks or water damage. We recommend you hire a professional if you are concerned about any of the following:

Your being converted from electric to gas or gas to electric

Any time you are making a systemic change instead of just installing a similar or identical unit, hire a professional who is familiar with both setups. Not only can this prevent potential long-term damage and errors with the installation, but it’s also a great opportunity for you to ask questions about the conversion and your new system so that you can perform maintenance and minor repairs in the future.

You do not have time

Installing a new water heater can be a lengthy process, especially if this is the first time you have had to replace one. Once you start the process, you cannot stop without increasing the risk of water damage wherever your water heater is stored, and blocking off a sizable amount of time can be difficult and inconvenient at short notice. Instead, hire a water heater professional who can quickly and completely install your new water heater without overly impacting your schedule.
Installing a brand new water heater can be a tricky, stressful process especially if you were not expecting it, but it does not have to be. On Long Island, water heater installation can be as simple as choosing a new water heater that will be a perfect fit for your family and schedule a time for a professional who can quickly complete the installation, add additional insulation to your water tank, and remove your old unit. If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact Waterheaters.com.