If your hot water heater is faulty, old or inefficient, then you’ve probably put some thought into the idea of replacing it. Now is actually a good time to do so, since any heaters that have been made after April 16th, 2015 need to be made in compliance with some new, strict energy efficiency requirements which make them cheaper to run, and cut their emissions too.
Replacing your heaters could be a rather expensive proposition, and it’s important to note that fitting heating is a very skilled job. If you don’t know what you’re doing, then you could end up putting the health of yourself and your family at risk, since you’re dealing with plumbing, electricity and in many cases also gas. Faulty wiring or piping could put the structure of your home at risk, meaning that if things go wrong, you end up faced with a rather expensive repair bill – or a fire, carbon monoxide leak or gas leak that could have fatal consequences.
In certain parts of the country, it’s not legal for a homeowner that is untrained in working with heating systems to even attempt to work on a water heater. In other parts of the country, local authorities state that it’s OK for a homeowner to do their own work, but that the local authority won’t sign off on that work unless it’s been checked by a qualified engineer. So you can’t sell your home while it’s ‘unchecked’, and since most engineers won’t sign off on work that they didn’t personally oversee, you may as well say that you can’t do the job.
So, why not avoid all that risk and just let a pro do it? There are a lot of potential things that could go wrong, and once you start the job it’s entirely likely that you’ll see issues along the way – perhaps realizing that you’re missing a vital tool, or that there’s less space to work with around the heater than you expected. I live in South Carolina so if I needed my water heater replaced I would do a search in Google for plumbers in Florence SC. Then I would choose someone to give me an estimate.
Gas water heaters that work with over 55 gallons will need to have new condensing technology in them to meet the energy efficiency and emissions requirements. Electric heaters may require new heat pumps to meet the energy factor requirements.
Sometimes, it’s possible to do a simple ‘drop in’ replacement, but sometimes it’s a harder job. It’s a good idea to get someone to come out and check the heating that you have installed and to talk to you about your requirements. You could find that it’s possible to get the amount of hot water you need out of a smaller heater and a smaller tank. Thereby saving you space, cutting your energy bill, and potentially making the entire fitting process easier as well – and meaning that you pay less for the new heater – yes, paying a pro can often work out to be the cheapest way to do things!