Do you have a water heater that's on its last legs? Have you been looking at new water heaters and considering purchasing and installing one yourself? While there are many DIY jobs that the average homeowner can do on his or her own property, installing a water heater is something that should be left up to professionals. Although you might balk at this due to wanting to save money on the cost of installation, there are a variety of reasons why it's best to get a professional to do the job.
Safety: If your water heater is heated by gas instead of electric, it's especially important to get a professional in for the water heater installation. Working with gas lines is dangerous. If you haven't been properly trained in how to deal with such things, the result could be a fire or even a potentially deadly explosion due to a faulty gas line. If your water heater is electric, you should know that improper water heater installation could result in shorts or even in an electrical fire. Installing a too-powerful water heater for the given circuit could also result in an overload and, eventually, a fire. It's safest to leave any installation to trained professionals.
Money: It might initially seem like installing the water heater yourself is going to be less expensive, especially since you're not paying yourself any wages, but this isn't always the case. There are also a variety of different tools that you may need to purchase in order to complete the water heater installation, some of which you'll likely never use again and can't simply be returned. If you purchase the wrong part, you may again have to purchase the correct part without being able to return the original. All of this can quickly add up to be more than the cost of having had a professional installation in the first place.
Time: Nobody wants to be without hot water for long periods of time, especially if you need to bathe daily in order to go to work or to attend school. With a professional water heater installation, the task can be completed in just a few hours, avoiding the necessity of going without hot water. If you attempt to do it yourself, having to run back and forth to the hardware store and look up various tutorials online could mean that you'll be without hot water for days or even weeks as you try to find time to finish the installation correctly.Share
3 March 2018
When you get a clogged drain or a toilet that just won't flush, do you reach for the phone and call for a plumber? When you have these seemingly simple plumbing problems around your house, you have to make a decision quickly. Do you pay for someone to come out and make the repairs, or do you attempt the repair on your own? This blog is all about DIY plumbing repairs. You will learn the basics and find tips for when to cut your losses and call in for professional assistance so you don't make a small fix one that needs serious repairs.