If your water heater has gone out, you can run out to your local hardware store to get a new one. However, just because you can purchase this new appliance for your home doesn't mean you can install it. If you're handy and think you can handle the installation of the new water heater and removal of your old water heater, then that's great. If you aren't really sure what you're doing, you should leave it to a professional. Read on for reasons why you should leave water heater installation to the pros.
1. They Have The Right Tools And Know-How
A professional is going to have the right tools to get this job done. You may not have everything needed in order to do this work. You may have to stop over and over again to either find the right tool or to borrow or purchase the tools to get the job done. A professional is going to come with everything they need in order to get it done properly and efficiently. A job that only takes a few hours may take you an entire weekend to get it done.
2. They Will Haul Out The Old Water Heater
You may not realize it, but even after you empty the water out of the old water heater, it's still going to be heavy. In the bottom of that old water heater is going to be a buildup of calcium and other minerals that are going to make the old water heater very heavy. It's more than a one-person job and it is going to take some work to get it out of your home. In order to get it removed from your home, you should hire a professional to take on this task for you. They can also drain the water from the old one, which can contain boiling hot water. They can drain the water out for you in addition to removing it.
3. They Will Install The New Water Heater Properly
When removing the old water heater, the gas pipe is disconnected, the water is drained, the water lines are disconnected and then the new water heater is installed. A lot of times the water lines do not match up properly and new pipes may need to be added. If you aren't sure how to do this, you could end up with leaks and other problems. If you have your water heater installed by a professional, you won't need to worry about this. They will check their work and warranty the work they do as well.
If you aren't sure if you should attempt to install a water heater on your own, don't. Hire a professional instead to ensure the work is done properly and you have hot water on demand without any issues.