You may be wondering, “Do I need a permit to replace my water heater in Federal Way?”
Currently, Federal Way rquires 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, Federal Way 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 local installer will be able to answer any specific question you may have.
Approved Location: Most of the time, it is prohibited to have a water heater installed in a bathroom, wardrobe or bedroom. This protects against accidents and prevents individuals from the trace amounts of carbon monoxide that can occasionally leak from the vents in water heaters. Inspectors in Federal Way pay attention to enforcing this rule.
Earthquake Straps: All water heaters in Washington are expected to be secured with earthquake straps. This is because Washington State is situated in a known earthquake zone. Most of the time, Federal Way’s inspectors will see to it that this regulation is followed.
Venting: It is very important that water heaters are vented correctly. Most water heaters run on gas combustion and thus the generation of carbon monoxide is an outcome of their operation. This rule is avidly enforced in Federal Way.
Pans and Drains: The plumbing code states that any water heaters found on a platform or in a place indoors where leaking might lead to damage should have a pan under them, with a line to enable draining attached.
Pressure Regulating Valves: High water pressure in plumbing systems must always be regulated, to avoid potential damage. When we come to your residence, we will be sure to evaluate your PSI and, if it exceeds 80, then we will be likely to recommend that you consider a regulating device.
Greasepack Gas Valve Replacement: Gas valves of the greasepack variety are known to malfunction, so, when we visit your home, we will check what type of valve you have installed. Those that are greasepack in style will have to be replaced.
Bonding: When electrical wiring and plumbing pipes are near each other, problems, such as energizing, can occur easily. So we will take the time to cover your pipes with clamps and appropriate wire, to make sure that they are grounded.
Sediment Traps: Federal Way inspectors take the time to check whether or not you have a trap for sediment, to stop it from running into your water heater’s combustion chamber.
Dedicated Water Shutoff: If your water heater has a shut off independent of that of your home’s general water supply, then you can easily close down your water heater while still enjoying the convenience of running water. Federal Way sees this regulation as sufficiently important to insist that it is obeyed.
Pipe Insulation: Insulation must protect any pipes that are in a space that lacks conditioning.
With more than two decades experience, we have installed countless water heaters in single-family homes, condos, apartments and townhouses all over Federal Way. 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 Federal Way.
We look forward to helping you in Federal Way. 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.
Call us or fill out the form below to receive more information about a Federal Way 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 Federal Way 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, it might be cheaper in the long run to just replace the water heater.
In Federal Way, our technicians frequently experience the following water heater repairs and maintenance issues:
Fast Water Heater Company frequently partners with utility companies around Federal Way 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.
Customers in Southern Washington may also be eligible for Energy Trust of Oregon rebates. Ask your customer service representative if you qualify for the rebates in your area.