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2 Reasons Why You Should Have A Plumber Install Your New Hot Water Tank Instead Of Doing It Yourself

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If your home's water heater has started to fail, you may be getting ready to buy a new one to replace it. Since the installation of the appliance may not appear to be that difficult to do, you may be thinking about doing the work yourself to keep from spending money on hiring a professional to do it.

However, if you are thinking about doing it yourself, you should reconsider. There are a couple of reasons why you should have a plumber install the hot water tank for you instead of attempting to do it yourself.

1.  Faulty Installation Could Lead to Serious Injuries and Catastrophic Damage

You should forego installing your water heater yourself, and instead, have a professional do it because you most likely do not have the experience necessary to do the job correctly. If the installation is done incorrectly, you run the risk of causing serious injuries and catastrophic damage.

One example of how a faulty installation could cause major issues is if the temperature and pressure release (TPR) valve must be set precisely. If this is not done, the pressure within the tank will build up and could blow apart the fittings and tank. This would then destroy items around it as well as seriously hurt a person if they are standing next to it when this happens.

2.  Installation in the Wrong Place and Without Proper Licensure Could Be Illegal

Another reason why you should have a plumber install the hot water tank is that you may install it in the wrong place. There are strict regulations about where and how the tank should be installed. Even if you are simply positioning the replacement in the old one's spot, there is no guarantee that the old spot will still be up to code.

Also, if it comes to light that you not only installed the tank yourself and do not have the proper licensure and permits, you could face fines. These regulations are put into place to ensure that a problem with the heater does not threaten personal safety or cause property damage. A professional will have these requirements, so it would be better to have them do the work.

If you attempt to install your water heater yourself, you run the risk of installing it incorrectly, which could lead to injury and property damage if the connections are faulty. You also could face legal fees and fines if you place it in the wrong location or do the job without a proper license, depending on where you live. Instead of doing the job and risking these scenarios, contact a plumber in your area that offers hot water heater installation services to have them do the work for you.