Can I Install a Water Heater Myself?
Every homeowner like’s to save a few bucks where they can, we like to think we are getting value for money when we are parting with our hard earned cash. Can we do our own water heater install or should we just get the professionals in?
If you are looking to install your own water heater to save on the cost of hiring in a professional plumber, electrician or gas engineer then let’s just take a look at what you’ll need to do the job yourself.
Installing A Water Heater Yourself
If you consider yourself pretty handy with the tools and do a lot of DIY jobs around the home, perhaps you can fix a dripping faucet or mend a leaking pipe and think yourself capable of installing your own water heater, then just consider these points first before you make a start.
- Are you absolutely sure that you want to install your own water heater?
- Are you competent, do you really have sufficient knowledge and the ability to do the job to code, correctly and safely?
- Do you have the right tools and materials for the job?
- Do you have enough spare time to complete the task?
- Will you be able to dispose of any hazardous waste materials safely?
- Do you have the required permits in place before you start work?
If you answered yes to all those points then it’s over to you.
Just remember that when you have finished the water heater install you must get the work inspected before the water heater is used, and obtain paperwork from the relevant qualified personnel to show that what you have done is correct and meets or exceeds all current safety standards and installation codes.
Only then when your work has passed these inspections should the new water heater system be used.