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Do You Need a Professional Water Heater Installation?

In recent years DIY has become a popular topic, and you can find out how to do pretty much anything by reading or watching some kind of tutorial. This is great if you want to save money, and learning a new set of skills is admirable. But, there are certain tasks that are better left to professionals because an incorrect installation can lead to a number of risks. In this article, we will explain why it’s a great idea to get your new water heater installed by your local certified plumber.

What are the Potential Hazards?

If a water heater isn’t installed correctly, there are seven potential hazards, they are:

  1. A gas leak.
  2. An ignition problem that could cause a house fire.
  3. Scalding due to incorrect temperature settings.
  4. Water leaks that can cause structural damage.
  5. Increases in water pressure that can damage the tank.
  6. Incorrect venting that allows toxic gas to enter the home.
  7. Bacterial growth in the water heater.

When you look at all these potential problems, it’s easy to see why you should hire a professional plumber to install a water heater for you. If you remain unconvinced, let’s take a look at six benefits of hiring a local certified plumber to carry out your installation.

6 Reasons to Obtain a Professional Water Heater Installation

  1. The Correct Settings

A professional plumber will understand the various aspects of all the equipment that they install in your home. Like any trade, plumbing has its own set of standards and terminology that can be hard to understand for most of us. A plumber will know the correct settings and adjustments that need to be made to optimize your water heater for efficient operation.

2. Municipal Inspection

If your municipality needs an inspection for a new water heater, it easier to get it passed if the system has been installed professionally. If an inspection isn’t needed, you will have peace of mind that a local plumbing expert looked at the unit for you.

3. Permit and the Installation

A professional licensed plumber will always get a permit if one is needed and follow local building codes carefully. This reduces the chances of the kinds of problems that we mentioned earlier.

4. Increasing the Service Life

A correct installation will help to improve the service life of your water heater. Most water heaters have an expected service life of 12-15 years. But, if your water heater is professionally installed, it will be more likely to be at the upper range.

5. Maintenance Issues

Another aspect of increasing the service life of your plumbing systems is regular maintenance. This is also recommended to maintain efficiency and reduce the chances of a failure or expensive repair bill. But, if your water heater was installed by an amateur, it can make maintenance harder to complete. When maintenance work takes longer, it costs more.

6. Warranty Considerations

When your water heater is installed and serviced by a local licensed plumber, it can help you to fulfill the requirements of the warranty for your equipment. This will be useful later if you have some kind of warranty related issue with your water heater.

If you’re installing a warranty heater in your home, contact your local licensed plumber for an estimate today.

By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.