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Do You Need a Professional to Replace a Water Heater?


When a household appliance goes on the fritz in your home, what’s the first thing you do: pick up the phone to call in a professional or attempt to fix it yourself?

Like many other household appliances, it’s normally best to call in a licenced tradesperson to make repairs to your water heater. Here are five of the most important reasons why:

#1) Warranty

Most licenced heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals provide some type of warranty when they install a water heater in your home. When a water heater is warranted, there’s no need for you to troubleshoot any issues on your own that may result from the new installation.

But if you do it yourself, you’re on your own when it comes to dealing with installation-related issues.

#2) Safety

If you don’t know what you’re doing, replacing a water heater can quickly go from a fun DIY project to a catastrophe.

A water heater contains a combination of hot water, carbon monoxide, natural gas and wiring all within a pressure-controlled tank.

An inexperienced homeowner can get seriously injured and cause damage to their home if a water heater’s hazards aren’t handled properly.

#3) Knowledge

A licenced HVAC technician undergoes years of schooling, examinations and apprenticing to become fully licenced. But the training never really ends.

From continuing education courses to tradeshows, an HVAC tech’s skill set continues to grow. Different products and tools regularly become available on the market, and new, better techniques and methods are developed for completing heating and cooling projects.

A professional HVAC technician remains abreast of the newest and greatest skills, tools and methods required for being a knowledgeable technician.

#4) Installation

Although a water heater may look like a basic unit to an untrained eye, they are actually quite complex.

From the tank and discharge pipe to the exhaust flue and various valves, there are multiple parts that make up a water heater to help it work efficiently.

A professional HVAC technician can expertly install your water heater in no time at all with minimal downtime to your home or business. They know how to replace the piping and venting required and are ready for any related issues that may arise.

Many times, wiring and soldering are required during a water heater install. Only a licenced HVAC technician will be ready to expertly tackle those processes.

#5) Experience

Remember the saying “time is money”?

Many HVAC technicians complete water heater replacements on a near-daily basis, providing them with the ability to quickly and capably replace the unit. They have the proper tools on hand, know how to best remove the old unit and can efficiently install the new water heater – without any YouTube videos for guidance.

An inexperienced homeowner may spend hours trying to install a water heater on their own. But in the end, is the time, stress and worry worth the cost-savings of hiring a professional?

When you see the benefits you get from hiring a licenced HVAC professional to replace your water heater, why even attempt it yourself? As Oakville’s #1 heating and cooling service providers, our professionals are ready to install your water heater so that it runs effectively and efficiently, with minimal downtime. Plus, when you use our HVAC services, we ensure you’re 100% satisfied with our work.

Contact us today for more information!