You may be wondering, “Do I need a permit to replace my water heater in Santa Clarita?”
Currently, Santa Clarita 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, Santa Clarita 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 local installer will be able to answer any specific question you may have.
Approved Location – California Plumbing regulations do not allow hot water heaters from being located in bedrooms, bathrooms, or closets (unless for dedicated use). This prevents human contact with the small amounts of Carbon Monoxide (CO) that emits from gas water heater vents. It also prevents the possibility of accidents. Santa Clarita currently enforces this.
Earthquake Straps – California is located in an earthquake zone and accordingly, regulations are in place for earth quake safety. Hot water heaters must have certified earthquake straps – one on the top third of the tank and one on the bottom third. Most inspectors in Santa Clarita enforce this regulation.
Pans and Drains – The concern of water leakage increases if water heaters are placed on a built-in platform or in an inside location. The CA Plumbing Code requires a pan under the tank with a drain line running to the exterior as a preventive measure for the possibility of leaking water. Santa Clarita requires the drain line to the exterior.
Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) to the Exterior – The P&T relief is required to run from your water heater to the outside in order to prevent accidental scalding while the P&T relief is discharging. This requirement is enforced by Santa Clarita.
Dedicated Water Shutoff –You can turn off the water to the hot water heater while it is being serviced with a dedicated water shutoff, and still have water in the rest of the house. Santa Clarita actively enforces this code item.
Grease Pack Gas Valve Replacement – Grease pack valves are no longer approved by the CA Plumbing Code as they are known to have a high failure rate, and should be replaced if being used in your water heater. During our hot water heater inspection, if a grease pack valve is found we are required to inform you and recommend its replacement. Santa Clarita enforces this code.
With more than two decades experience, we have installed countless water heaters in single-family homes, condos, apartments and townhouses all over Santa Clarita. 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 Santa Clarita.
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 Santa Clarita. 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.
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Even in Santa Clarita, 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 number of your water heater to find out if it is still under warranty. Our service technicians are local to Santa Clarita and are familiar with most regional heater applications, brands and models.
It’s important to note, if your water heater 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 Santa Clarita, common water heater repairs and maintenance include:
Fast Water Heater Company frequently partners with utility companies around Santa Clarita 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 Santa Clarita area:
SoCal Gas Water Heater Rebates
*Tankless water heaters do not qualify
**Must be replacing storage tank water heater
See all SoCalGas Energy Rebates