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Do You Need a Professional to Replace Your Water Heater?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jun 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

tool boxListen, we get it. We know you want a DIY solution to your hot water heater problem because it means you save a couple of bucks, but we can assure you this is a situation where the cons are downright dangerous and outweigh the pros of saving some money.

Your water heater is one of your more dangerous home appliances because of the dozens of gallons of extremely hot water, gas lines, pressure-controlled tanks, etc. Discover why you need to put away your toolbox and pick up your phone to schedule an appointment with your professional plumber when it comes to water heater replacement:

Reasons You Need a Professional to Install Your New Water Heater

  • Warranties: Choosing to install a water heater by yourself is choosing to forego any additional warranties that your plumber may provide regarding your new unit's performance or any future maintenance.
  • Codes: Your plumber will know all of the local building and fire codes, and will be able to easily obtain all of the proper plumbing permits guaranteeing the job is done correctly, safely, and legally.
  • Installation: Your plumber will have extensive knowledge of all of the piping and venting involved with the job, and will be able to handle any wiring or soldering needs that may arise. 
  • Safety: Because of the exceptionally hot water, carbon monoxide, natural gas, electrical wiring, and pressure-controlled tank, one tiny mistake could mean catastrophic damage and/or injury if the unit is not installed properly. Your plumber knows exactly what to do and how to properly handle each of these hazards to minimize any risk of damage or injury.

Water heaters aren't just something you pick out and plugin. If your home is ready for a new water heater, be sure to take into consideration the size of your house (or business), the number of people living in your home, how much hot water you use on a daily basis, and even maintenance.

If you need help making the right choice, identifying a problem, or with the actual replacement, give us a call at (864) 242-5511 or contact us online — we're here to help with all of your plumbing needs!

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Topics: Water Heaters