Removal of old water heaters and installing a new one is not a typical DIY afternoon project. There can be real safety concerns in the handling and install of this type of appliance. Below are five reasons you should call a licensed plumber for this repair.
Level of Difficulty
Removing a broken water heater and replacing it with a brand new unit is not a project for the inexperienced. The process involves electrical wiring for larger electric models and natural gas connections for gas operated models. Incorrectly working with either can prove dangerous, or fatal. You can inadvertently damage the new water heater with incorrect installation technique. You are then stuck with a broken new water heater.
Wiring up the electrical power wrong to the water heater can cause electrocution or a fire. Gas leaks from lines not fitted and secured correctly can lead to dangerous inhalation injuries or explosions. Adjustments have to be made to ensure there is not too much pressure building up in the tank, which can also cause an explosion. Safety concerns with water heater installation are many, and the process only undertaken by an experienced individual.
Codes and Ordinances
The removal and installation of water heaters may require a permit, depending on the area you reside. A licensed plumber will be able to obtain the needed permits and get the work done right away. All work will be done to meet the requirements of the codes of your jurisdiction. Trying to get the work done without following code standards can lead to fines and having to get the work done over to meet the specifications.
Water Heater and Installation Warranties
You will void the warranty for a water heater if the unit has been installed by someone that is not a licensed professional. You will also rob yourself of the additional warranty for the installation work that most professional plumbers offer. If installed incorrectly, they will fix the problem.
Detection of Other Problems
You may have other serious plumbing problems that are going undetected but are apparent to a plumber at the installation of the new water heater. Finding other significant issues at an early stage can mean less expensive repairs.
Call on plumbing experts like CC Heat and Air for all water heater installation Gloucester VA and get the job done right today!