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3 Reasons Not To Install Your Own Water Heater

Joann Gardner

Is your water heater no longer working as it should? Are you going to be replacing it soon so that you won't have to deal with a lack of hot water next winter? Having a broken water heater can be a frustrating experience for just about anyone. Your first instinct might be to try to replace the water heater yourself, thinking that it's a good DIY project; however, there are a number of reasons why you should leave this task to a professional, no matter how much you might enjoy being able to do your own repairs around the house. Some of the best reasons for this include:


Although perfectly safe for a trained professional, a water heater installation can be dangerous for anyone else. If you have a gas water heater, a self-installation could result in a leak which could cause a fire or an explosion. Even if you have an electric water heater, there can still be hazards. Electricity and water don't mix and could cause an electrical short or worse if everything isn't hooked up correctly and there is a leak in the water line. Having a trained professional perform the installation is the best way to avoid potential danger.


Even if you do manage to hook everything up correctly, this is something that could take you a long time as you work out how to do everything. It could also include multiple trips to the hardware store for parts that you didn't know about or forgot about before. This could ultimately leave you without hot water for multiple days as you figure out how to get through the installation process. On the other hand, a professional water heater installation should only take a few hours to finish; instead of being without hot water for a long period of time, you'll barely notice that it had to be shut off.


A correct water heater installation can require many tools and parts that you may not already have, even if you're an avid DIYer. Some of these things may be expensive, especially if you're only ever going to use them for this one project. On the other hand, a professional who installs water heaters on a daily basis is going to be able to spread out the cost of these supplies over the course of each job. Because of this, hiring someone to handle the installation for you may actually be significantly less expensive than if you were to attempt to do it yourself.


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When was the last time you realized that you had a serious plumbing problem? About a month ago, I knew that I had to make some big changes, so I began talking with different plumbers about getting the job done. I told them that I wanted to replace the bathtub in the bathroom and the sink and faucet in the kitchen, and they took my requests in stride. Before I knew it, my entire home was updated and I felt great about the work. I wanted to start this blog to help other people to learn more about plumbing and repair.