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Fast Water Heater Company services all of Danville, California. If you’ve woken up to the surprise of a leaking hot water heater or a cold shower, as long as you call by noon, we guarantee same-day service. Our hours are 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.

We’re homeowners too and know emergencies don’t conveniently occur just during the week; we’re open seven days a week and don’t charge extra for weekend service calls.

We’re the water heater experts, and can service, replace or install electric or gas water heaters, standard tank or tankless models and even install hybrid heat pump systems in certain situations. Whether you need a repair, installation, general maintenance, you’re looking for codes or water heater rebates, we’re here to help and we offer free estimates without the hassle of a “trip fee” like most plumbing companies.

All our certified technicians are background-checked and have years of water heater experience before they ever step foot into your Danville home.

Try to find the model number and serial number of your water heater before you call so we can identify the age, warranty and any other pertinent information about your existing unit. (This info can be found on a large sticker usually on the side of the water storage tank.)

Danville requires a permit for the installation of a hot water heater (this will not delay any work, just will schedule a safety inspection at a later date).

Local Water Heater & Plumbing Permits – Danville, CA 

Water Heater codes & Permits

You may be wondering, “Do I need a permit to replace my water heater in Danville?”

Currently, Danville does require a permit for a water heater installation. The good news is we can pull the permit for you, and it will not slow down any work on our end.

Every few years, Danville water heater codes change to adopt new installation and safety measures. While intended to increase your overall home safety, these code requirements can result in extra installation charges.

Some customers scoff at the idea of paying for a permit for a water heater replacement, but the fact of the matter is water heaters can be dangerous if not installed correctly. In fact, water heaters cause more property damage than any other home appliance. And if the unit is not installed to code by a licensed professional and causes damage, your home insurance could reject any claims. That’s why we put a premium on safety and doing everything by the book.

Your expert technician will go over an item-by-item checklist of all applicable safety codes needed for your installation prior to any work being completed, or cost to you.

We try to keep this information as up-to-date as possible, but your local installer will be able to answer any specific question you may have.

Local Water Heater & Plumbing Permits – Danville, CA

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in danville

  • Approved Location – Gas water heater vents release miniscule amounts of CO (Carbon Monoxide) into the air. To prevent accidents and avoid human contact with the CO, regulations are in place stating that water heaters cannot be located in closets (unless used exclusively for water heater), bathrooms or bedrooms. Danville enforces this regulation.

    Earthquake Straps – As California is in an earthquake zone some regulations are required for everyone’s safety. Water heaters must have certified earthquake straps – one on the top third of the tank and one on the bottom third of the tank. Most inspectors in Danville enforce this regulation.

    Venting – As most water heaters in Danville are gas combustion they generate carbon monoxide as part of the combustion process and must be properly vented. The vent must be adequately sized for the size of the water heater. Correct clearance from flammable or combustible surfaces must be allowed if the vent material tends to get hot. Danville inspectors currently enforces this requirement.

    Pans and Drains – Water heaters located in an interior location or on a built-in platform could leak and cause water damage. Danville usually requires that a pan be placed under the water heater with a drain line running to the exterior. This is a requirement of the CA plumbing code. It is our experience that inspectors require the drain to run to the exterior.

    Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) to the Exterior – To prevent accidental scalding while the P&T drain is discharging, the CA Code requires your P&T relief drain to be run to the outside.

    Dedicated Water Shutoff – Water heaters with a dedicated shutoff are required by CA Plumbing Code. The shutoff allows water to the water heater to be turned off for servicing, while the water to the rest of the house is still available. Danville actively enforces this code item.

    Pipe Insulation – Pipes exposed to unconditioned space are required to be insulated in Danville

    Bonding – Water and gas pipes must be grounded. By bonding your pipes with 6 awg wire and clamps you can effectively ground all the pipes. Since plumbing is often built near your electrical wiring, it is possible your pipes could be energized if the wires were to deteriorate. Inspectors currently enforce this requirement.

    Sediment Traps – A sediment trap, located on the gas line that runs to your water heater, catches moisture and debris in the gas line and prevents it from entering the combustion chamber of the water heater.

danville Installations

With more than two decades experience, we have installed countless water heaters in single-family homes, condos, apartments and townhouses in Danville, CA. All our skilled-technicians are background-checked, thoroughly experienced and trained to efficiently and safely install your new water heater.

Whether you’re replacing a broken, old unit, being proactive and installing a new model, or switching to a tankless water heater, our skilled technicians can answer any of your questions and, generally, get your hot water heater installed the same day you call us.

Most importantly, our technicians are local to the area, which means they are up-to-date on all local plumbing codes, safety regulations and regional installation trends.

We install Rheem water heaters, and are an official Rheem service provider for Danville.

We look forward to helping you. Please keep in mind, while we can quote you a starting price over the phone, we are not able to give a final price until a technician is at your home and can see your unique setup. If you’re happy with the final price, your technician will get to work immediately. But due to this uncertainty, our appointments are no cost and no obligation.

Fill out the form below to receive more information about a Danville water heater replacement or installation.

danville Water Heater repair

Even in Danville, water heaters are constantly operating, heating and storing hot water for your use. They’re built to last, but if yours starts leaking or you’re out of hot water, you may need to have your water heater repaired.

Typically, a water heater comes with a warranty anywhere from 5-15 years on parts. For this reason, if you start experiencing issues, try to find the model & serial numbers of your water heater so we can determine if it is still under warranty. Our service technicians are local to Danville and are familiar with most regional heater applications, brands and models.

It’s important to note, if your current unit is more than 10 years old, it’s probably nearing its last legs. Considering the cost of labor, rather than repairing it, a more prudent financial choice might be to just replace the water heater.

In Danville, common water heater repairs and maintenance include:

    • Replace the thermocouple – Sometimes a fix is as simple as one small part. This is often the case when a water heater isn’t heating water; typically it just needs a replacement thermocouple, which allows the heater to take in gas.

 

    • Replace the anode rod – Over time, the minerals in your water and pressure in your tank will cause corrosion of your water heater. Anode rods prevent tank corrosion because they attract the corrosive elements, keeping them away from the storage tank. The installation of dual anode rods, or a replacement can extend the life of your heater.

 

    • Pilot light – This simple mechanism is also responsible for lots of water heater repairs. Sometimes the light can simply go out and just needs to be re-lit. Other times, the assembly has failed, and needs to be replaced.

 

  • Drain storage tank – Some newer water heaters have self-cleaning tanks, however, older ones need to be drained manually to prevent a sediment build-up. If you fail to drain the sediment, eventually mineral deposits can collect and shorten the useful life of your water heater.

Rebates and Specials

Fast Water Heater Company frequently partners with utility companies around Danville to offer savings on more energy efficient water heating solutions, in the form of rebates.

These rebates are great because the water heaters utilize energy more efficiently, and save you money as a result.

Check below for water heater specials and rebates in the greater Danville area:

 

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) Water Heater Rebates

  • PG&E offers a $125 rebate for gas storage water heaters with an efficiency rating of .67 or more.
  • PG&E offers a $300 rebate for electric heat pump water heaters with an efficiency rating of 2.0 or more.

*Tankless water heaters do not qualify

Learn more about PGE Rebates

 

Sacramento Municipal Utility Department (SMUD) Water Heater Rebates

  • SMUD offers a $1,000 rebate for installing a qualified heat pump water heater

Learn more about SMUD Heat Pump Water Heater Rebates

Contact your local rep now!