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Interested in installing a water heater? Thinking you might save some money by installing it yourself? Think again. Although it may look simple on the surface, installing a water heater should only be done by professionals. Here's why:
Even if you make a mistake when installing a water heater, you may not even realize it until days or possibly years later. Having your water heater regularly serviced can help prolong its life, but eventually, it will break down and become inoperable. Water heater explosions, like those seen in countless YouTube videos, are very real, and can send the heater hurtling like a rocket through the wall, on account of all the pressure buildup.
Oftentimes what happens with faulty water heater installations is that the temperature and pressure relief valve or TPR valve, was closed. That means over time, tens of thousands of pounds of pressure are building up, silently and unknowingly. The job of the TPR valve is to allow excess pressure to vent when the pressure is too great or the water temperature is too hot. As you might imagine, leaving this valve closed creates an explosion that is both memorable and messy, with costs into the thousands of dollars for the repair.
Ask yourself these questions before you seek out a plumbing company for water heater installation. You could save yourself thousands of dollars!
Installing a water heater begins with asking a simple question -- do you really need a new water heater, or does your existing water heater still have some life in it, and it only needs to be serviced or maintained? The only people who can tell you this are licensed plumbers. Imagine spending thousands of dollars on a new water heater only to learn that the heating element in your existing water heater went bad. That's thousands of dollars spent unnecessarily for the failure of a common part.
If something goes wrong, how will you access it? In addition, water heater installation will depend on city, state and other local laws and regulations. For example, you may not be able to install the water heater in a storage closet or other enclosed space. Also keep in mind that a water heater tank can weigh as much as 150 lbs, so although you may think you can install it yourself, it's really a job for professionals.
Keep in mind that you'll also need to ensure that your water heater installation is done according to code. Different areas and different municipalities have different systems in place, and you may need a permit. Oftentimes, people don't bother until they go to sell their house and suddenly they're faced with legal problems that originated because you did unpermitted work. At worst, it could invalidate your homeowner's insurance should any claims come up as a result of damage caused by the faulty installation.
We've seen numerous types of issues with do-it-yourself water heater installation, from issues arising from improper venting, to problems with the TPR valve and discharge tube, to no shut offs nearby for the water heater's power or gas. Occasionally there are also issues with vacuum breakers and automatic shut offs or even poor soldering techniques that are responsible for leaks and other issues.
For this reason, it's important to consult with licensed plumbing professionals before you go out and buy and install a water heater. In addition, if you're looking for a more durable water heater, you'll be glad to know that we can recommend professional-grade water heaters which offer significant benefits over the consumer models that you find at your average hardware store. For example, professional-grade water heaters often come with brass drain valves and metal gas valves for added strength and durability as opposed to consumer grade options, which use plastic.
When you contact us, we can discuss your water heater installation needs, recommend specific models that fit your needs and budget (as well as your water usage) and much more. In addition, we can provide you with several possible options for a water heater purchase if it is determined that you need a new water heater.
There are a wide range of advances in the world of water heater technology, including electric water heaters, tankless water heaters, direct vent or ventless water heaters and much more. It's understandably a lot to keep up with, but that's exactly why we're here and ready to help! Contact us today if you need new water heater installation, water heater servicing or if you have questions about your water heater installation and let our professional team handle every aspect of the process, so you can rest easy!
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