SHOULD I INSTALL A WATER HEATER MYSELF?
So, you are considering installing a new water heater yourself?
Before you continue doing so, we advise you to first evaluate some of the risks involved. We know all too well that in the modern age with Google and YouTube "how to" videos out there, we are more empowered than we have ever been! We want to advise you, however, that water heater installation, whether you are here in Las Vegas or somewhere else in the world, is not always a simple project. By trying to save a few bucks, you may be left with serious consequences that can be dangerous or cost you more money in the long run. Because most water heaters run on gas, even a small mistake during installation can lead to additional costs, property damage, personal injury, or even death.
Let's go over some of the risks. Here are 5 reasons why you should hire an expert to install a water heater:
1. Fire and Explosion Hazard
Most New Water Heater Installation Las Vegas uses natural gas, which requires burning fuel to heat the water. These fuels are extremely dangerous, and any mistakes during installation can cause fires or serious explosions. Installing it yourself is not worth it for the whole family, much less to damage property.
2. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Ventilation is essential for gas water heaters. If air circulation is insufficient, carbon monoxide will build up. Carbon monoxide poisoning is an emergency medical practice. People exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide can cause permanent brain damage or death. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that cannot be detected in the presence of leaks (without a functional carbon monoxide detector). When installing products that use natural gas, apparently small errors can cause serious consequences.
3. Expert Knowledge
Please note that direct and online sales reps are generally not hot water experts. They may have good intentions, but they cannot match the product knowledge of trained and licensed plumbers. To get the most suitable water heater for your home, you need to consult an expert. Professional technicians may even have existing relationships with wholesale rates, which means they may be able to actually get you a discount on your new water heater.
4. Issues when trying to sell your home
If the time comes where you decide to sell your home, you will likely need to pay for a water heater inspection and permit, if the installation was done yourself and the proper paperwork was never obtained. Failure to comply with inspection requirements may require repair and, in some cases, reinstallation. It simply can grow into a big headache, than if you had things done professionally in the first place. Getting things done correctly the first time around can save you time, money, and guesswork.
5. Peace of Mind
Partnering with a licensed plumber to install your new water heater does not only ensure that the job is done quickly, safely, and correctly, but also provides you and your family with the peace of mind. In addition, there are normally additional warranties and guarantees that add to your protection.
If you the time comes where you decide to resell your home, a professionally installed water heater could save you a huge potential headache.
Don't compromise safety in the hopes of trying to save a few bucks. Give us a call for a free consultation so you at least know your best options moving forward.