The Water Heater Install Process

Barnett makes it easy, quick and neat

There will come a day when you’ll need a new water heater. On average, tank-style units last 7–10 years. Hopefully, yours will just go out with a whimper and not a Bellagio-style water spraying extravaganza. (Don’t worry; them going out with a “bang” and blowing a hole through your roof isn’t really a thing homeowners need to worry about.)


So then the question becomes, “How much of a hassle is replacing my water heater going to be?” Homeowners call and ask us water heater questions all the time. Three common questions are:

  • How complicated is it?
  • How long will it take?
  • How much of a mess will it create?

 

 

 Easy Installation (for a Trained Barnett Technician) 

 

Can you YouTube your way through the process of installing a water heater? Maaaaybe. It depends on how confident you are in choosing the best type of a water heater, whether you have a vehicle that can transport the system from a local store, how handy you are, how many tools you own, how comfortable you are with electrical, gas, and plumbing connections, how much time you have, how patient your family is… 


Replacing a water heater is not an impossible DIY project, but there’s a reason our water heater technician program takes a year to complete. (We’re often hiring technicians, which is an excellent job for anyone who enjoys working with their body, using their ability to solve problems, and likes a solid paycheck.)


Obviously, we suggest you avoid all those DIY hassles and headaches. Simply call us at (925) 872-0805. We’ll come out to confirm that your system actually needs to be replaced (maybe it can be repaired). The assessment and estimate for a similar-style system is free. 

 

 

 Quick Restoration 

 

For standard water heaters, we can often have you back in hot water in 4 hours or less.

 
Were you thinking you’d have to shower at the gym or heat up water on the stove like you’re living in some western movie? Nope. It’s common that we come out to look at your unit, provide you an estimate, and install your new system all in the same visit, often on the same day you call.

 
You’ve seen our team of fast, friendly, follow-though pros driving around town in big yellow trucks. Those trucks are stocked and ready for almost every plumbing repair or replacement you might need.


(If you want to switch from your gas or electric system to a high-efficiency hybrid water heater, there’s a bit more set-up involved. We can still get you back in hot water quickly using a temporary tank. And there are currently up to $4,000 in rebates on a hybrid system, so it’s definitely worth considering.)

 

 

 Complete Clean Up 

 

Some home maintenance projects can last for days… even weeks. No one wants to live in a messy pile of hardware and tools for long.


When we do the installation, there’s no mess for you to manage. Our crew will do a tidy installation, clean up after themselves, and haul your old water heater away to be properly recycled.

 

I hope your water heater lasts the full 7–10 years. But when it fails, we’ll be happy to install a new one for you. We’ll make the entire process easy, quick, and neat.


Here’s my personal promise to you: When you call or schedule an on-site estimate, there will be no pressure. No obligation. We will not sell you a water heater you don’t need or want.

 

Questions? Give us a call at (925) 872-0805.

 

Thanks for letting us be your trusted plumber.

Phil Barnett
President of Barnett Plumbing & Water Heaters