You may be wondering, “Do I need a permit to replace my water heater in Fairfield?”
Currently, Fairfield 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, Fairfield water heater codes change to adopt new installation and safety measures. While designed 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 Fairfield installer will be able to answer any specific question you may have.
Approved Location – The CA Plumbing Code Regulations prevent most gas water heaters from being located in bedrooms, bathrooms, or closets (unless sole use). This regulation prevents human contact with the small amounts of Carbon Monoxide (CO) released from gas water heater vents and the possibility of accidents. This is presently enforced by Fairfield.
Earthquake Straps – California is an earthquake zone which requires some regulations for everyone’s safety. Water heaters are required to have certified earthquake straps on the top and bottom thirds of the tank. Most inspectors in Fairfield enforce this regulation.
Venting – Gas combustion water heaters will generate carbon monoxide and require venting. The size of the vent is established by the size of the water heater. If there are any flammable or combustible surfaces nearby, you need ample clearance from the vent if the vent material tends to get hot. Currently Fairfield is enforcing this.
Pans and Drains – If water heaters are located on a built-in platform or an inside location they could cause water damage through leakage. As prevention, the CA Plumbing Code requires a pan under the tank with a drain line that runs to the exterior. Fairfield requires the drain line to run to the exterior.
Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) to the Exterior – The CA Plumbing Code requires the P&T relief drain to be run to the exterior. This requirement is in place to prevent accidental scalding when the P&T relief is discharging. At present it is being enforced by Fairfield.
Dedicated Water Shutoff – A dedicated water shutoff ensures water to the house while water to your water tank can be shut off to have the tank serviced. Fairfield enforces this item.
Pipe Insulation – Un-insulated pipes are required to be insulated if they are exposed in unconditioned space. This is a requirement of the CA Plumbing Code and is enforced in Fairfield.
Bonding – If there is plumbing near the electrical wiring, your gas and water pipes must be grounded. By bonding the pipes with 6 awg wire and clamps, you will have successfully grounded all the pipes. This will prevent degraded wires from energizing your pipes which could lead to a dangerous situation. Inspectors in Fairfield are currently enforcing this requirement.
Sediment Traps – The sediment trap located on the gas line running to your water heater is intended to catch debris and moisture in your gas line and stop it from entering the combustion chamber of the water heater. This is currently enforced by Fairfield.
With more than two decades experience, we have installed countless water heaters in single-family homes, condos, apartments and townhouses all over Fairfield, California. 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, if you call by noon, install your new water heater the same day you contact 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 Fairfield.
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.
Give us a call or fill out the form below to receive more information about a Fairfield water heater replacement or installation.
Even in Fairfield, 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 your water heater model & serial numbers so we can determine if it is still under warranty. Our service technicians are local to Fairfield and are familiar with most regional heater applications, brands and models.
It’s important to note, if your existing model 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 Fairfield, common water heater repairs and maintenance include:
Fast Water Heater Company frequently partners with utility companies around Fairfield 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 Fairfield area:
Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) Water Heater Rebates
*Tankless water heaters do not qualify
Learn more about PGE Rebates!