Does a dentist have to extract a tooth? Not really anyone can likely do it with pliers and some muscles. Do you need a certified public accountant to do your taxes? I guess it depends on how you feel about going face-to-face with the IRS. It’s pretty clear where I’m going with all this as it pertains to the title of this article. Your new hot water heater doesn’t NEED to be installed by a plumber, but Kotz Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing thinks it would be a really smart thing to do. That’s because replacing a water heater isn’t like replacing a doorknob.
THE DANGER IS REAL
When you’re dealing with hot water heaters you are dealing with electricity or highly flammable gas and scalding hot water. In other words, a mistake or misstep during the installation process can be a recipe for serious or even life-threatening accidents. Is that a risk you really want to take?
TOO MANY THINGS CAN GO WRONG
Kotz admires the do-it-yourself spirit, but over the years we have also seen many DIY projects that have gone wrong, sometimes horribly wrong. Hiring a professional is the best way to avoid common mistakes and problems a do-it-yourselfer may not be able to handle. The list includes but is not limited to:
- Buying the wrong size water heater
- Water heater installed in a location that doesn’t meet code requirements
- Physically difficult installations in attics or confined spaces
- Not getting the proper permits & inspections can cause insurance and resale problems
WHAT A PLUMBER BRINGS TO THE TABLE
Licensed plumbers have the training and experience to properly install hot water heaters of all types. This includes electric and gas, tank and tankless, heat pump and geothermal. The job sometimes requires skills in addition to plumbing. An installation can often include electrical and carpentry skills in addition to knowledge of local building codes.
HOMEOWNERS ARE PROTECTED
A professional plumber carries insurance meaning you are protected against any damage that happens during the installation and not liable for any injuries that may occur. Do not be afraid to ask anyone you hire to work in your home for proof of insurance. If the person refuses or admits not having the proper insurance, you should look for someone else to do the work.
MAKE THE CALL
When the time arrives for a new hot water heater in your Waterford, MI or Oxford, MI home, make the first call to Kotz Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing for a no-obligation estimate. When it’s time for the installation, our licensed and insured plumbers will make sure the job is done safely and correctly.