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Fast Water Heater Company services all of Portland, Oregon. If you’ve woken up to the surprise of a leaking water heater or a cold shower, we guarantee same-day service, if you call before noon or $50 off. Our hours are 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday.

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SAME-DAY SERVICE IF YOU CALL BY NOON, OR WE'LL GIVE YOU $50 OFF.

SERVING YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY SINCE 1986.

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Water Heater codes & Permits

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

The answer is kind of. Oregon operates under a minor label program. This means all small home improvements, such as installing a new water heater, require a minor label to be pulled. The cost is only $20, and about one-in-ten of these Portland water heater replacements is subject to a random safety inspection.

Every few years, Portland water heater codes change to incorporate new safety techniques and measures.

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.

Portland Water Heater Minor Permit Info

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in Portland

  • Fortunately, you do not have to worry about the state of Oregon’s laws regarding plumbing in general. It was decided, in 2002, that, as long as you have your water heater inspected and it is judged to be safe in the eyes of the company that created it, everything is alright as far as the state of Oregon goes.

    In Oregon, there are some locations that demand that you have a mechanical permit as well as a minor label one. Usually, when you have to acquire a mechanical permit, there are extra rules governing water heaters. When we come around to visit, we will let you know exactly what these extra rules involve and whether or not you have to purchase anything to follow them.

    At the moment, we do not need a mechanical permit to work in Portland. A minor label permit is sufficient. Your safety, however, is our first priority, so you can rest assured we will check your vents and gas supply thoroughly. If you need to buy any equipment to ensure that these systems present no danger, in light of your new water heater being set up, then we will not hesitate to tell you. Even though Portland law states that you do not have to worry about mechanical codes in this case, the state of Oregon does demand that you meet the water heater manufacturer’s standards when it comes to vents and gas supply.

    What’s more, despite the fact that the state of Oregon is not currently enforcing the code for plumbers when it comes to water heaters, we will suggest some pieces of equipment that might reduce danger to you, your family and your home. We treat all of our customers with specialized, individual attention, and we are fully aware that every house is different. We will make suggestions based on your particular situation and needs.

    Whatever the law demands and whatever advice we decide to give you, we will provide you with a final quote prior to starting our job. We believe that clear communication is essential to customer satisfaction and business success.

    As stated earlier, there is a chance that the state of Oregon might pull your home out of the hat, so to speak, and decide to pay a visit to check on the safety of your water heater. If that happens, they will ask one of their inspectors to get in touch with you to organize a home visit. If the inspector finds anything at all wrong with our work, then call us as soon as you can. We will be at your place in a flash, ready to sort out any issues.

Portland Water heater Installations

With more than two decades experience, we have installed countless water heaters in single-family homes, condos, apartments, mobile homes and townhouses in Portland and the surrounding areas. All our skilled-technicians are background-checked, thoroughly experienced and trained to safely and quickly install your new water heater.

Whether you are stepping up to a tankless water heater, have questions about retrofitting gas lines or anything else water heater-related, our skilled technicians can answer any of your questions and, generally, get your hot water heater installed the same day you call 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 Portland.

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 water heater installation in Portland.

Portland Water Heater repair

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, you should find the model & serial # of your water heater to find out if it is still under warranty. Our service technicians are local to Portland 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 Portland, common repairs and maintenance for residential water heaters 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 may have failed, in which case it would 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 you water heater.

 

Rebates and Specials

Fast Water Heater Company frequently partners with utility companies around Portland 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 Portland area:

 

Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) Rebates

  • Tier 1 Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters: ETO offers a $150 rebate on a Tier 1 electric heat pump water heaters.
  • Tier 2 & 3  Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters: ETO offers a $300 rebate on a Tier 2 & 3 electric heat pump water heaters.

*Must replace an existing electric water heater and be installed by a Smart Water Heat rebate eligible contractor.

  • Energy Star Gas Tank Water Heaters: ETO offers a $100 rebate on Energy Star gas water heaters with an efficiency rating of .67 or more

Learn more about Energy Trust of Oregon Water Heater Rebates

 

State of Oregon Income Tax Credit

  • The State of Oregon is offering a tax credit for the installation of gas tankless water heaters:
    • $225 State tax credit for EF of .82-.849
    • $245 State tax credit for EF of .85 or more
  • The State of Oregon is offering a tax credit for heat pump water heaters:
    • $300 State tax credit for Tier 1 heat pump water heaters
    • $600 State tax credit for Tier 2 heat pump water heaters (GE/Rheem)
  • The State of Oregon is offering a tax credit for the installation of gas tank water heaters
    • $125 State tax credit for EF of .67-.69
    • $175 State tax credit for EF of .70 or more

Learn more about the State of Oregon Tax Credit

Contact your local rep now!