You may be wondering, “Do I need a permit to replace my water heater in Santa Monica?”
Currently, Santa Monica 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 Monica 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 – To prevent accidents, water heaters cannot be located in a closet (unless it is reserved for only the water heater). As well, hot water heaters cannot be located in bedrooms or bathrooms. As tiny amounts of Carbon Monoxide (CO) may be released from gas water heater vents, this regulation prevents human contact and accidents. Santa Monica enforces this requirement.
Earthquake Straps – Certified earthquake straps are required on hot water heaters for your safety. They straps should be located at the bottom and top thirds of the heater. The majority of Santa Monica inspectors enforce this for your safety.
Pans and Drains – A water heater which is located on a built-in platform OR in an interior location where damage may occur from water leakage is to have a pan with a drain line to the exterior positioned under the unit. The CA Plumbing Code requires this and our experience shows that Santa Monica will enforce it.
Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (“P&T Drain”) to the Exterior – Your P&T relief drain must be run to the exterior as required by the California Plumbing Code. The purpose of this requirement is to prevent scalding if a person walks near the hot water heater during pressure and temperature relief discharge. Santa Monica currently enforces this.
Dedicated Water Shutoff – If you need to turn off the water line running to the hot water heater for any reason, a dedicated water shutoff on your water heater will allow water to continue being used in the rest of the house. Santa Monica actively enforces this requirement.
Grease Pack Gas Valve Replacement – While inspecting a hot water heater, we will also check the dedicated gas valve to the tank. If we find a grease pack valve, we will recommend replacement as they are known to fail and are not approved because of this. This item is currently enforced in Santa Monica.
With more than two decades experience, we have installed countless water heaters in single-family homes, condos, apartments and townhouses all over Santa Monica. 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, 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 Santa Monica.
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 Monica. 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 Santa Monica water heater replacement or installation.
Even in Santa Monica, 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. If you start experiencing issues, try to find the model & serial numbers of your water heater to find out if it is still under warranty. Our service technicians are local to Santa Monica 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 Santa Monica, common repairs and maintenance for residential water heaters include:
Fast Water Heater Company frequently partners with utility companies around Santa Monica 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 Monica area:
SoCal Gas Water Heater Rebates
*Tankless water heaters do not qualify
**Must be replacing storage tank water heater
See all SoCalGas Energy Rebates