You need hot water for taking showers and baths, washing dishes and clothing and for cooking and cleaning around the house. When you need a new water heater, Sidney and Richardson can help with our plumbing and hot water system services. Whether you’re starting from scratch or upgrading your existing system, here’s what you should know about whether installing it yourself is a good idea or not. 


One of the biggest issues involved with hot water heater installation is safety. Unless you’ve been trained to do the job, it’s usually not a safe choice to do it yourself. If a mistake is made, you might not realise it right away, which can lead to dangerous conditions down the road that put you and your family at risk.

At the same time, you can make a mistake that proves itself right away, leading to serious injury or even death. It’s always best to let the professionals do this job. 

Insurance and Cost

A new heater is definitely an investment, but it’s better to pay the money upfront than to deal with the financial consequences down the road. Your homeowner’s insurance may not cover water damage or other issues that arise when you install the hot water heater yourself.

If your policy states that a professional must do the job, you forfeit any compensation from your insurance company by doing it yourself. 


Much like insurance policies, you may forfeit the warranty on your hot water heater if it’s not installed by a licensed professional. That means that if it stops working or needs to be serviced, the warranty won’t cover that cost and you’ll have to pay for it out of your own pocket.

To properly register a warranty, a valid plumber’s license number must be used, which isn’t possible if you do the work yourself. 

Skills, Knowledge and Tools

Another important reason why you should let the experts install your hot water heater is because they are trained and experienced in the work and have the proper tools to get it done right. Plumbers are trained to do the job and come with the proper equipment to make sure it’s carried out safely and correctly. 

If you need a new hot water heater, call Sidney and Richardson today for a free quote on the job. 

For more plumbing information, read our previous blog post on Signs Your Hot Water Heater Needs Attention!