Upgrading Your Pipes

How To Keep Your Water Heater Installation Project Stress-Free

A new water heater will likely provide you with more consistent hot water and possibly even help lower your monthly water bills thanks to optimal operation. You'll need to have your new unit professionally installed to avoid serious injuries and mistakes that would compromise the performance of your new system. But even though the installation process might seem intimidating, the process doesn't have to fill your life with unnecessary stress. Here's how you can keep your water heater installation project free of stress:

Choosing Your Unit

In order to determine what kind of installation contractor to hire for your project, you'll need to know what type of water heater unit you will be replacing your old one with. Knowing the specific make and model of the unit you'll be purchasing will help you answer some important questions such as:

  • Will the new unit be compatible with your current setup, or will it require the replacement of pipes, hoses, and other equipment?
  • Is there enough space to accommodate the new unit, or will more space have to be constructed?
  • Will any structural changes have to be made in order to make sure that your new water heater system adheres to your county's building code regulations?

By answering these questions, you should be able to more easily determine which contractor will best meet your needs and expectations throughout the entirety of your installation project.

Insist on at-Home Consultations

When scheduling consultations with potential service providers, it's important to insist on meeting each of them at your home instead of at their office. If the contractors don't inspect your current water heater installation site in person, it will be tough (if not impossible!) for them to provide you with an accurate quote for the job. Inaccurate quotes can lead to unwanted financial surprises or a half-finished installation project and a lot of money owed.

And having each potential contractor visit your home during the consultations will ensure that all installation components are addressed and that nothing important is overlooked because everything can be visually accounted for. This wouldn't be the case if you were meeting elsewhere.

Be Present to Supervise

It's essential to make sure that you're at home and present during the installation process so you can answer questions as they arise, find items that may be useful to the installer, and generally ensure that everything goes as planned. If a major decision has to be made that could affect the cost or timeline of the project, you'll want to be there to be part of making that decision.

If teenagers or other family members will be home during the installation, you can act as a buffer to ensure that your contractor has the space and peace they need and that your family isn't injured by getting too close to the project site. Being there to supervise will help you maintain control over your overall installation project as well.

Schedule a Follow-up Visit

After the installation has been completed, it's a good idea to schedule a follow-up visit with your service provider while they are still on the job site. This will ensure that you don't forget to schedule a "check-up" at a later time. It will also give your contractor an opportunity to inspect their work soon after completion to make sure that no adjustments or tweaks need to be made for optimal performance. While scheduling the appointment, ask your contractor to provide you with some tips you can use to keep your system in good working order between inspections and maintenance appointments.

These tips and tricks should make it a breeze to have a new hot water installed in your home and ensure that the service provider you work with meets all of your needs both during installation and as time goes on. For more information on water heater installation and service, contact a company like StateWide Mechanical II Inc.