A functional water heater ensures that your home always has access to hot water. It's important that your water heater is installed properly so that it can serve your home safely and efficiently.

The installation process might seem straightforward, but there are many opportunities for the process to get off track. Mistakes made during the installation of a water heater could have devastating consequences.

Here are three mistakes that you will want to avoid when installing a new water heater in your home.

1. Choosing the Wrong Location

It's important that you select the right location within your home for your new water heater.

Local building codes may prohibit installation in certain locations. Even if you are replacing an existing water heater, the old location might not accommodate the size of the new water heater.

You want to choose a location that will be safe, efficient, and provide convenient access to the water heater for servicing and repairs. An experienced plumber will be able to help you identify the perfect location for your new water heater.

2. Forgetting the Drain Pan

It's important that you install a drain pan underneath your water heater. The drain pan is a vessel that sits underneath the water heater to collect any water that leaks from the appliance.

Some local building codes set minimum size requirements for these drain pans, while others allow you to select a drain pan that you feel will meet your needs.

A common mistake made during the DIY installation of a water heater is forgetting to install the drain pan. Without a functional drain pan, your water heater could cause significant damage to your home.

Plumbers are trained to follow a strict installation protocol, so they are not likely to forget about the drain pan when installing your new water heater.

3. Failing to Get a Permit

All water heaters must be installed properly to prevent them from becoming a safety hazard. Your local government keeps track of water heater installations in your area to help ensure the safety of the community.

Homeowners often overlook the importance of getting a permit from their local government before starting a water heater installation project. Without the proper permit, you could face significant fines for your new water heater.

Plumbers have the contacts and experience required to quickly obtain the permits required for installing a new residential water heater in your home.

Contact a plumber to learn more about water heater installs.