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Laguna Niguel Water Heater Installation

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Fast Water Heater Company offers water heater service, replacement and maintenance in Laguna Niguel. If you’ve woken up to the surprise of a leaking hot water heater or a cold shower, we guarantee same-day service, if you call before noon. 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.

Whether you need a repairinstallation, 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 home.

Try to find the water heater model and serial numbers 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 on the water storage tank.)

Laguna Niguel 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 – Laguna Niguel

Water Heater codes & Permits

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 hot water heater vents and the possibility of accidents. This is presently enforced by Laguna Niguel.

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 Laguna Niguel enforce this regulation.

Venting – Gas combustion water heaters generate carbon monoxide and require venting. The size of the vent is established by the size of the hot water heater. Depending on the venting material, the inspector will require ample clearance from the vent near any flammable or combustible surfaces. Currently, Laguna Niguel enforces this.

Pans and Drains – If water heaters are located on a built-in platform or an inside location, a leakage could cause water damage. As prevention, the CA Plumbing Code requires a pan under the tank with a drain line running 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. Presently, it is enforced by Laguna Niguel.

Dedicated Water Shutoff – A dedicated water shutoff allows you to keep water running to the rest of your home while your hot water heater is off or being serviced. Laguna Niguel enforces this item.

Grease pack Gas Valve Replacement – Grease pack valves used to be utilized regularly for water heaters. However, the California Plumbing Code no longer approves their use due to a high failure rate. We are required to check for this valve when inspecting your hot water heater and advise you to have it changed if we find one. This item is enforced by Laguna Niguel.

Expansion Tanks – In 2008, the California Plumbing Code began requiring expansion tanks for a ‘closed plumbing system.’ This system has a backflow preventer between the house and water main. Heated water increases by about 2% causing pressure build-up, with a rapid drop in pressure when a faucet is turned on, causing deterioration of the plumbing, fixtures and water heater.

Eventually this can lead to failure of the water heater. Expansion tanks are required on closed systems and it is strongly recommended that you install one if you have a closed system. Laguna Niguel does enforce this code.

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in LAGUNA NIGUEL

  • Approved Location – The CA Plumbing Code regulates where certain water heaters can be located. Gas water heaters cannot be located in closets (unless for sole use only). They are also not permitted in bathrooms or bedrooms. This regulation helps avoid accidents and prevents human contact with the small quantities of Carbon Monoxide (CO) that is released into the air from the water heater vents. Half Moon Bay enforces this regulation.
  • Earthquake Straps – As California is in an earthquake zone, earthquake straps are required on your water heater by The California Plumbing Code. The straps must be placed on the top one-third of the tank and the bottom one-third. The city of Half Moon Bay enforces this code for your safety.
  • Venting – Most water heaters in Half Moon Bay are gas combustion. Part of the combustion process necessitates the release of carbon monoxide (CO). These water heaters will need to be correctly vented. The vent size will be determined by the size of the water heater. There must also be adequate clearance from combustible and flammable surfaces if the vent material is likely to get hot. Inspectors currently enforces this requirement.
  • Pans and Drains – To prevent damage through water leakage the CA Plumbing Code requires a pan under the water heater if it is positioned on a platform or in an interior location. A drain line must run from the pan to the exterior. Half Moon Bay enforces this requirement.
  • Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) to the Exterior – To prevent scalding while the pressure and temperature relief is discharging, The California Plumbing code requires the P&T relief drain be run to the outside. This is enforced by inspectors.
  • Dedicated Water Shutoff – Water heaters require a dedicated water shutoff which allows water to the water tank to be turned off while the tank is being serviced. At the same time, the rest of your home still has water available. Inspectors actively enforce this code item.
  • Pipe Insulation – The CA Plumbing Code requires un-insulated pipes to be insulated if they are exposed to unconditioned space. This is enforced in Half Moon Bay.
  • Bonding – Your gas and water pipes are required to be grounded. The pipes can be effectively grounded with the use of 6 awg wire and clamps. This is a requirement of the California Electric Code because plumbing is regularly built near electrical wiring. Your pipes could be energized if the wiring were to deteriorate. Inspectors are presently enforcing this.
  • Sediment Traps – Moisture and debris in the gas line is prevented from entering the combustion chamber of your water heater by a sediment trap. This trap is located on the gas line running to your water heater. This requirement is not enforced in Half Moon Bay.

LAGUNA NIGUEL Installations

With more than two decades experience, Fast Water Heater Company has installed countless water heaters in Laguna Niguel homes, condos, apartments and townhouses. 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 Laguna Niguel.

LAGUNA NIGUEL Water Heater repair

Even in sunny Laguna Niguel, 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 5-15 year warranty 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 Laguna Niguel and are familiar with 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 Laguna Niguel, 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 new 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 yearly 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 Laguna Niguel 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 Laguna Niguel area:

SoCal Gas Water Heater Rebates

  • $100 Rebate on Energy Star Storage Tank Gas Water Heaters with an efficiency rating of .67+*
  • $200 Rebate on Tankless Gas Water Heaters with an efficiency rating of .90 or more**
  • $150 Rebate on Tankless Gas Water Heaters with an efficiency rating of .82-.89 or higher**

*Tankless water heaters do not qualify

**Must be replacing storage tank water heater
See all SoCalGas Energy Rebates

 

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