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3 Reasons Installing A Gas-Powered Tankless Water Heater Is Not A DIY Task

by Matthew Fields

More compact, easy to maneuver, and a good reputation for energy efficiency–these are just a few of the reasons why natural-gas-powered tankless hot water heaters are a shining prize in the eyes of homeowners with a knack for DIY home upgrades. These water heaters most definitely have their advantages, but they are not as easy to install as it may seem, especially since they are powered by gas.

Even with the guides you find online that tell you what steps to make, there is room for a whole lot of error if you choose to install a tankless water heater on your own. Here is a look at a few reasons why installing a gas-powered tankless water heater is not a DIY-friendly task. 

Switching from a tank water heater to a tankless can be tricky. 

Tankless water heaters do not store water inside but heat water as it is needed to deliver through hot water lines in the house. Even though the changeover may seem like a fairly straightforward process, it can actually get a little more complicated than you anticipate. You will have to install new hot water lines, solder copper lines together to reach the new and smaller unit, and you will even have to mount the tankless heater on the wall. in some situations, because the water heater is smaller, it can mean having to install an extension to gas delivery lines as well. 

Working with natural gas supply lines can be dangerous. 

Because your home uses natural gas to power the water heater, the installation of a new unit can be a little dangerous. You will have to properly shut off the gas supply line before removing the old water heater, make your connections with the new water heater, and then turn the gas back on. If you inadvertently leave a loose connection you could be dealing with a natural gas leak inside of your home, which is a dangerous situation. 

Installing a tankless water heater may require new shutoff valve installation. 

Many of the newest models of tankless hot water heaters come with a secondary shutoff valve that is designed to shut down the appliance in an emergency situation. This shutoff valve is a little complicated to install, especially when you are dealing with gas supply lines or new electrical connections. By hiring a professional, you can ensure this emergency feature is installed properly so you don't have problems in the event that you have to use it. 

To learn more, contact a company like First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc.