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Fast Water Heater Company services all of San Jose, California. If you’ve woken up to the surprise of a leaking hot water heater or a cold shower, just call by noon and 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 San Jose home.

Try to find your water heater model number and serial number 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.)

San Jose 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 – San Jose, CA 

Water Heater codes & Permits

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

Currently, San Jose 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, San Jose 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 – San Jose, CA

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in san jose

  • Approved Location – The majority of water heaters cannot be located in a bathroom, bedroom, or closet (unless the closet is used only for storage of the water heater). This requirement prevents accidents and averts contact by humans of carbon monoxide (CO), small amounts of which spill from gas water heater vents. This is currently enforced in San Jose.

    Earthquake Straps – The CA Plumbing Code requires that water heaters have two earthquake straps (located on the top and bottom thirds of the tank). As California is classified as an earthquake zone, the majority of inspectors enforce this for your safety.

    Venting – As most water heaters in San Jose use a gas combustion process, they generate carbon monoxide. Therefore, the heater must be properly vented. The size of the vent must correspond to the size of the water heater. If the vent becomes hot while operating, there must be adequate clearance from flammable/combustible surfaces. This is actively enforced in San Jose.

    Pans and Drains – If the water heater is located in the interior or on a built-in platform with a possibility for damage from leaking water, the city requires a pan be placed under the heater. There is also a CA Plumbing Code requiring a drain line running from the pan to the exterior. San Jose requires the drain line to the exterior.

    Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) to the Exterior – The California Plumbing Code requires that a P&T Drain run to the exterior to prevent scalding of someone walking nearby while the P&T relief is discharging. San Jose enforces this requirement. In most cases, San Jose does not allow a Watts 210 valve to be used as a substitute for piping the P&T to the exterior. The city may allow piping to the garage floor if there is a pre-existing drain. CPVC piping material is deemed acceptable (and less expensive) for use as drain lines by the California Plumbing Code, yet San Jose does not allow its use.

    Sediment Traps – Sediment traps are located on gas lines running to the hot water heater. They are used to catch moisture and debris in the gas line and stop it from getting into the combustion chamber of the heater. San Jose enforces this requirement.

    Dedicated Water Shutoff – This shutoff is required for use with a water heater. The shutoff enables you to turn off the water to the water tank, if necessary while maintaining water in the rest of the house. This is enforced by San Jose.

    Pipe Insulation – The insulation of pipes is required if they are exposed to unconditioned space. This is presently enforced by San Jose.

san jose Installations

With more than two decades experience, we have installed countless water heaters in single-family homes, condos, apartments and townhouses all over San Jose. 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 contact us by noon, install your new water heater the same day you call.

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 San Jose.

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 San Jose water heater replacement or installation.

san jose Water Heater repair

Even in San Jose, 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 number to determine if it is still under warranty. Our service technicians are local to San Jose 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 San Jose, 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 may need to be replaced.

 

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

Rebates and Specials

Fast Water Heater Company frequently partners with utility companies around San Jose 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 San Jose 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

Contact your local rep now!