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Should I Install My Water Heater?

by | Apr 16, 2019

Being a homeowner comes with many challenges, including paying for costly repairs. You own a beautiful home, but your old water heater just stopped working, and you’re already tired of boiling water and taking cold showers. So you finally make that purchase, a brand new water heater. But do you hire a professional to install it, or set out to do it yourself? As a homeowner, should I install my water heater?

Installing My Water Heater

While installing a new water heater has its challenges, it’s not impossible to do it yourself. However, be sure to check your local plumbing codes as the installation must be done properly or it could lead to fines or damage to the rest of the structure.

Saves you money.

This is by far the most obvious benefit of installing your water heater. Going with a professional costs money. Add that to the cost of the water heater. By installing the water heater yourself, you can pocket the extra money or put it into another home improvement project.

Gives you a sense of accomplishment.

You’ve just installed your water heater without the help of a professional. The process wasn’t the easiest, but it works perfectly, and you now have hot water again. Successfully completing home repairs on your own can make you feel quite accomplished and may inspire you to do more work around the house.

Hiring A Professional

Although it might cost more, it’s always best to go with a professional to complete your water heater installation. In the end, you’ll likely save more money because anything can go wrong if you install it yourself. Improper installation can result in the need for repairs or even total replacement in the future. Not to mention, it can expose you to various safety hazards. You should get a professional to install your water heater because:

They have permits.

Building jurisdictions in almost every city and state require a permit to install or replace water heaters. As a homeowner in the state of New York, you are not allowed to install a water heater without a permit.

They are properly trained and licensed.

A professional knows how to best avoid making a mistake in installing a water heater. They have been trained on how to prevent dangers like fires, explosions, water leaks, carbon monoxide asphyxiation, and microbial growth.

They know the latest codes.

Every region has its own codes and standards for the types of materials to use for installations. You may not be familiar with these codes and could end up compromising your safety.

They can repair your water heater instead of replacing it.

You may not need to replace your water heater, which means you could save money. Your water heater may just have a defective heating element or a faulty valve. In these cases, total replacement is unnecessary. You wouldn’t be aware of these possible cost-savings if you were to replace your water heater on your own.

Whether you want to repair or replace your water heater, you should hire a licensed professional. Contact our experienced master plumbers at Waterheaters.com for a proper water heater installation.