You may be wondering, “Do I need a permit to replace my water heater in Redmond?”
Currently, Redmond requires 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, Redmond water heater 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 Redmond installer will be able to answer any specific question you may have.
Approved Location: Bedrooms, bathrooms and closets are not considered to be appropriate locations for water heaters. Gas and water leaks create too much risk – the potential for dangerous accidents are possible in these places. Redmond’s inspectors will definitely check that your tank is in a suitable area.
Earthquake Straps: Being in an earthquake zone means that both Washington State and Redmond insist that your water heater is sufficiently secured with earthquake straps. The straps must be placed on the bottom third and top third of the heater.
Venting: Redmond definitely demands proper venting. This means using the adequate materials, as the proper installation adequate venting is extremely important. The reason being, the carbon monoxide produced by the gas combustion systems that run most water heaters is a dangerous byproduct.
Pans & Drains: Pans should always be situated underneath heaters that are inside or on raised sections. The purpose is to avoid water damage to the home that can be caused by leaks. These pans should be linked to a line that enables the water to drain to an approved location. This regulation is written in the Uniform Plumbing Code.
Pressure Regulating Valves: Any system with a PSI over 80 needs to be regulated with valves. This will also protect the life of the water heater. We will measure the PSI of your system when we come to see you and make appropriate recommendations.
Greasepack Gas Valve Replacement: Greasepack gas valves have the common problem of malfunctioning, so they must be replaced.
Bonding: Pipes for gas and water need to by grounded, by being insulated with wire and clamps. Otherwise, electrical hazards can be caused by the pipes and electrical wiring being near each other.
Sediment Traps: To block sediment from entering the heater’s combustion chamber, it is imperative to purchase a sediment trap. Redmond city enforces this item.
Dedicated Water Shutoff: So that you can have access to your home’s water flow, and still close down your water heater, in cases when it is necessary, it is imperative to give your water heater its own shutoff valve. This rule is enforced by Redmond’s inspectors.
Pipe Insulation: If in a space that is unconditioned, pipes must be covered in insulation materials.
With more than two decades experience, we have installed countless water heaters in single-family homes, condos, apartments and townhouses all over Redmond. 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 service provider for Redmond, Washington.
We look forward to helping you in Redmond. 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 Redmond water heater replacement or installation.
Water heaters are one of the hardest-working appliances in your home, heating and storing hot water for your use. They’re built to last, but if yours starts leaking or stops producing hot water, your water heater may need repairs or service.
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 numbers of your water heater to find out if it is still under warranty. Our service technicians are local to Redmond and are familiar with most regional heater applications, brands and models.
It’s important to note, if your existing unit is more than 10 years old, it’s probably nearing its last legs. Considering the cost of labor, it might be cheaper in the long run to just replace the water heater.
In Redmond, common water heater repairs and maintenance include:
Fast Water Heater Company frequently partners with utility companies around Redmond 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.
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Water Heater Rebates
*Must be installed outside a conditioned living space, such as in a garage, attic or crawlspace
Cascade Natural Gas
*Only available for Washington customers with Cascade Natural Gas on rate schedule 503.
Learn more about Cascade Natural Gas Rebates.
Seattle City Light Water Heater Rebates
Learn more about Seattle City Light Energy Rebates