At some point in time, you are going to need to replace the hot water heater in your home. While it is possible for you to do the water heater installation yourself, you may want to consider letting a professional do it. You may choose to buy the unit from a hardware store that has installers available or contact a licensed plumber to help you choose the right unit for your home and install it for you. Here are just a few reasons you should go with one of the professional options.
Probably the most important reason for having a professional install a water heater is safety. If the unit is fueled by gas, you must be certain there are no leaks that could make people sick or cause an explosion. If it is an electric unit, an improperly installed unit may cause a fire.
While it may not seem like a big issue, ensuring that the installation is up to all county and state codes can save you a lot of grief in the future. If there is a code or permit issue with the unit's installation, it may void your homeowner's warranty and/or insurance. In addition, if you decide to sell your home in the future, a code violation can stop the sale until it is fixed. You do not want to have to rip the unit out and do the installation over again.
When you have a professional install the unit, you can ask them questions about it. Make sure you understand any maintenance requirements before they leave. In addition, the technician can help you set the thermostat so the water will be heated to the correct temperature. While you want the water to be hot enough for cleaning and such, you do not want it to be so hot that people get burned by it.
Any new water heater will come with some type of factory warranty. However, if you do the installation yourself, it may void that. In addition, there will be no warranty for the installation itself. When professionals do the installation, they are held responsible for it. If there is a problem, they will have to come back and correct it at no additional charge to you.
Hot water heaters are heavy and cumbersome to move around. Professionals have experience in water heater installation and can get it done quickly and easily. Unless you are used to doing such things, it just makes good sense to let a professional do it.
For more information about water heater installation, contact a local professional.