You may be wondering, “Do I need a permit to replace my water heater in Pasadena?”
Currently, Pasadena 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, Pasadena water heater and plumbing 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 Pasadena installer can answer any specific questions you have.
Approved Location – To prevent accidents and avoid contact with CO (Carbon Monoxide), emitted in small amounts from gas heater vents, bathrooms and bedrooms cannot be used as water heater storage areas. Closets may be utilized if that is its only purpose. This regulation is currently enforced in Pasadena.
Earthquake Straps – California is in an earthquake zone. Accordingly, hot water heaters are required to have earthquake straps on the top and bottom thirds of the tank in accordance with the CA Plumbing Code. The city of Pasadena enforces this requirement for your safety.
Pans and Drains – The CA Plumbing Code requires a pan to be placed under your water heater if it is located in an interior location or on a built in platform. As potential damage could happen from leakage, a drain line must be attached to the pan and run to the exterior. In most cases the drain to the exterior is required by Pasadena.
Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) to the Exterior – To avoid accidental scalding while the P&T discharges, the CA Plumbing Code requires the P&T drain be run to the exterior. This requirement is enforced by Pasadena.
Dedicated Water Shutoff – A dedicated water shutoff ensures you will always have water available, even if your hot water heater is being serviced. The water directly to the tank can be turned off, leaving the rest of the house with running water. This is enforced by Pasadena.
Grease Pack Gas Valve Replacement – Grease pack valves were once common on water heaters, but are no longer approved by the CA Plumbing Code due to a high failure rate. We recommend replacing a grease pack valve if we find one while inspecting your hot water heater. Pasadena is currently enforcing this requirement.
With more than two decades experience, we have installed countless water heaters in single-family homes, condos, apartments and townhouses all over Pasadena. 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 Pasadena, 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 Pasadena.
Generally, when a hot water heater is leaking, it needs to be replaced. Over time, the minerals naturally occurring in your water will create deposits or corrosion that can crack the glass lining of the water heater tank. Note if your tank is self-cleaning or not; water heaters with self-cleaning tanks should last longer and are less-susceptible to glass cracks and leaks.
If your water heater is leaking from one of the connections or valves, it may be repairable. So it’s important to note where your heater is leaking when assessing if a repair or replacement is appropriate for your situation.
There are numerous causes for why your water heater has stopped making hot water. If your heater is electric, or a gas-powered unit with an electric igniter, a power outage will stop our heater from working. Similarly, if it’s electric, double-check the breaker and make sure it hasn’t flipped.
Most water heater service calls are to replace a thermocouple or pilot light assembly. However, once your water heater gets to about eight years old, repairing the unit can end up costing you more than replacing it. A typical water heater will last 8-12 years. If the unit is still under warranty, see if you can get new parts for free from the manufacturer. If it’s out of warranty, we recommend replacing it to avoid paying for costly labor in what could be the units last days.
We look forward to helping you in Pasadena. 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 Pasadena water heater replacement or installation.
Even in Pasadena, 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 on the rating plate of your water heater so we can tell if it is still under warranty. Our service technicians are local to Pasadena and are familiar with most regional heater applications, brands and models.
It’s important to note, if your current 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 Pasadena, common water heater repairs and maintenance include:
Fast Water Heater Company frequently partners with utility companies around Pasadena 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 Pasadena area:
SoCal Gas Water Heater Rebates
*Tankless water heaters do not qualify
**Must be replacing storage tank water heater
See all SoCalGas Energy Rebates