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Why You Need A Plumber To Install A Water Heater

Installing a water heater is not an easy task. Just ask any plumber. If you are still stuck on the idea of DIYing your own water heater, here are a few things that could go wrong, which will reveal why you need a plumber to do the job in the first place.

The Water Heater Is Not Level

A water heater has to be on level "ground." It cannot sit and tilt slightly in any direction because it will not match up to the incoming water pipes or the gas line. It will also not be able to pump heated water up into the house without issues. What looks straight and level to you may be just enough off-level for problems to start. A plumber would make sure the appliance is quite level and every connection matches up.

The Electrical Wiring Is Incorrect

If you are installing an electrical water heater, hoo boy! Wires that are not connected properly result in a water heater that not only does not work, but can also cause frequent shorts of the electrical box. Worst case scenario? You start an electrical fire because the power traveling to the water heater sends a major current jolt back to the box and causes it to spark.

The Gas Line Is Not Fully Sealed

If you are saying to yourself right now, "That electrical stuff will not happen because I am installing a gas water heater," you have your own set of problems to worry about. With a gas water heater, you have to make sure that the incoming gas line is securely attached and fully sealed. Otherwise, you will get a lot of leaked gas filling your basement, entering your home through the vents, and turning your house into a powder keg in the middle of winter.

The Water Line Is Ineffectively Welded

Yes, you do have to do some welding with a water heater installation. You cannot simply attach the water pipe to the water heater and think that tightening a coupling is going to hold. There is a lot of pressure flowing through that pipe and into the water heater. It will leak quite a flood, even if it only leaks a little right now.

If you do not know the first thing about welding, it is not a good idea to wing it now. Your water heater is a major home appliance and an investment in your home. You want everything installed correctly so that the water heater does not damage the home via water, fire, or an explosion.