Why You Shouldn't Install a Water Heater Yourself


Part of being a homeowner is being able to repair and replace items around the house as necessary, faucets, air filters, and even toilets. But one thing you should never replace, under nearly any circumstance, is your hot water heater. This is one of those projects that is best left up to a professional, and not something you should attempt after watching a few videos on the internet. Why? The reasons are very simple.

It Can Kill You

Water heaters are not dangerous by themselves, but when installed improperly, they can lead to a lot of damage to your home. Moreover, if your house runs on gas, they can even explode and catch your house on fire, hurting you and anyone else that happens to be inside. Even if it doesn't explode, if it's hooked up improperly, you could even have a carbon monoxide leak on your hands, which can result in equally devastating results. Even if there are no other reasons on this list for why a DIY water heater installation is something you should never ever attempt, this is the biggest possible problem ever, which is why it's at the top of the list.

It Takes Training

You can get away with doing some jobs around the house with limited understanding of what you're actually doing, but when it comes to your water heater installation, that isn't the case. Plumbers have industry knowledge and experience and have seen every different type of unit under the sun. Even if you are sure that a certain model is the type you want and need for your home, a licensed plumber will not only be able to tell if you're right, but might recommend appropriate replacements if needs be. While the error may not be immediately noticeable, the wrong water heater can lead to big problems down the road.

It Might Not Be up to Code

Licensed plumbers go through years of training to acquire the certifications they need to work on your home. Unless you have those same licenses, there's a good chance that your water heater installation will not be up to code, which may mean it won't function correctly, or may not even pass inspection when you try to sell it later. Both of those issues means money out of your pocket to pay for a proper install, so you might as well get it done right the first time and save yourself the headache.


22 June 2020

plumbing mistakes - when to call in the pros

Do you know when to call a plumber? I had it in my head that plumbing was a simple system in my home that I could manage myself, but quickly learned otherwise. After completing a bathroom renovation myself and having a few of the water and drain pipe connections fail, I quickly learned that it was one job that I should have left to a professional. My website offers you simple solutions to small plumbing issues and a short guide to help you determine if your best option is to call in the professional plumbers. Hopefully, my mistakes will help you learn what not to do in your home.