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Who Should You Choose to Install a Water Heater?

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If you’re due for new water heater installation in your Louisville area home, budget is naturally a concern. If you want to maximize savings, the discounts and low prices on a new water heater offered by retailers certainly look appealing. However, the savings generated when you buy a new water heater from a home improvement store or online retailer really aren’t such a great deal.

Some Louisville area homeowners question where to shop when it’s time to purchase new water heating equipment – a retailer or a local plumbing contractor? While the advertised low price from retailers seems like a good idea, you’re really better off purchasing a new water heater from your trusted plumber.

If you think this sounds fishy coming from a plumbing contractor, don’t worry – Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling backs up our thinking below. Check out a comparison between the two routes for new water heater purchase and decide for yourself!

When you’re ready to move forward with purchasing a new water heater, we hope you’ll choose to give us a call. Our licensed plumbing professionals are ready to help you find the right equipment, as well as perform the work needed to install it in your home.

Shopping Retail for a New Water Heater

Retail stores, including home improvement, big box, and even online shops, offer a varied selection of new water heaters depending on where you look. Retailers use low prices and deep discounts to attract buyers, but a new water heater from a retail operation may not be what you bargained for.

Subpar Equipment

Buying a new water heater from a retailer is tricky – while it may appear like stores offer the same new water heater models as plumbing companies, there are often important differences. Those for sale from retail giants are often not of the same quality as contractor grade water heaters sold by plumbers. Lower product quality is one way retailers are able to drive down equipment prices. These water heaters often are built with subpar components, such as aluminum instead of alloy anode rods, plastic valves versus metal, and not as much insulation.

Solo Shopping

Even if a store employee is available to assist you, these individuals rarely have experience working in the plumbing industry. When you shop for a new water heater at a retailer, you must depend on your personal knowledge and research of systems. The lack of plumbing professionals makes it hard for homeowners to ensure they are making the right equipment choices. When you shop at a retailer, don’t expect much more information beyond the printed product specs on display or details found online.

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