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Why Heater Maintenance is Not a DIY Project

The internet has given us the empowerment to research a lot of problems and implement solutions without outside help. But when it comes to your heater, you don’t want to attempt any DIY projects. Your heater is a highly specialized appliance and it requires a certified technician for any tweaks or repairs.

If you think that something is wrong with your water heater, give our team a call to schedule heater maintenance in Bridgewater Township, NJ. You can keep reading to learn more about the risks of working on your heater without the necessary qualifications and experience. We’re also reviewing times when you want to enlist the help of a professional so that you can stay ahead of major issues.

Importance of Hiring a Professional

The number one reason to hire a professional instead of attempting a DIY project with your heater is getting the job done right. There are times that you may think making a repair is very simple. You do a search online and think that you understand the steps enough to follow them. But heaters are very complex systems and it doesn’t take much to do something wrong and cause a bigger problem.

When you invest in professional service, you know that a repair will be made completely and the work will be guaranteed. After all, what you suspect is the problem for your heater may not really be the problem at all. There could be a deeper concern that is contributing to what you think is wrong with your heater. If you make a repair without a licensed technician, you run the risk of having to call our team anyway – and for an even bigger repair.

Legal Considerations

You also want to consider the legal repercussions of completing heater work on your own. There are laws against just anyone completing heater work, and for a good reason. Your heater has electrical connections and may also use gas to provide heat. These connections require a highly skilled professional for safety reasons. 

If you complete any work to your heater and that comes to light during a future home inspection, you may need to have the work re-done again by a professional. Otherwise if you list your home for sale, you may not be able to sell it as a result of your DIY project. Plus if a project required permits and none were pulled, you could also face the repercussions of doing work without proper permitting.

Manufacturer’s Warranty

Doing any DIY projects with your heater can also void your manufacturer’s warranty. Even though you likely have a 10-year warranty that covers things that go wrong with your heater, you still have to have the work done by a licensed professional. If not, you void the warranty. 

Even if you successfully fix the problem now, if you have a different problem in the future and it is determined that you completed a DIY repair to your heater at any time, your manufacturer’s warranty will be voided and will not cover any future costs for repairs.

Contact Schaible’s Plumbing & Heating Inc. to schedule an appointment for air conditioner services that get the job done.

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