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Why You Shouldn’t DIY a Water Heater Installation

You can find a tutorial online for just about anything. You could probably even find one for how to install your own water heater. The tutorial may even make the job look easy. But there’s a lot more that goes into installing a water heater than any tutorial can cover.

You need to give our team of professionals a call when you need water heater installation in Chambersburg, PA. Aside from wanting the job done right, there are also safety concerns and legal ramifications that you need to consider. You can keep reading to learn more about what goes into a water heater installation and why you really want a professional to do the job for you.


The number one concern when you are attempting a DIY water heater installation is safety. Water heaters require certified and licensed plumbers for a reason. Installing a water heater is not as easy as following step-by-step instructions.

Anything could happen during the process of removing your old tank and installing a new one, so you have to be prepared. Completing the project on your own means that you’re running the risk of hurting yourself or causing damage to your new water heater and even your home.

Legal Considerations

You also want to consider the fact that it is not legal to install a water heater yourself. Our team has to pull the proper permitting and meet requirements in order to qualify for installing a new water heater. If you bypass this process, you could face repercussions later on. 

This is particularly a concern if you ever have to have a home inspection in order to sell your home. An inspection may reveal that you have a water heater that was installed without a permit. As a result, you may have to pay to have the project re-done anyway at that point. It’s always better to do it right the first time. 


Completing a DIY water heater installation will also void your warranty on the product. Water heaters typically come with a warranty that covers about 5 years, although some have warranties that extend as far as 10 years.

Installing a water heater yourself voids this warranty completely because you cannot guarantee that the job was done correctly. That means if something goes wrong with your water heater in a few years, the repairs will not be covered by the warranty even if they are completely unrelated to the installation. You’ll be left having to fix the problem yourself.


It’s also important to consider that the way your water heater gets installed can have a big impact on its potential lifespan. If your water heater is not installed correctly, it may have a shorter lifespan, meaning that you will have to replace it sooner than what is considered average. However, when you have a professional install your water heater and the job is done correctly, your water heater has a better chance of a long lifespan.

To schedule your water heater installation service, contact Premier HVAC Services today!

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