Vancouver Water Heater Installation

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Fast Water Heater Company services all of Vancouver, Washington. If you’ve woken up to the surprise of a leaking hot water heater or a cold shower, just call by noon and we guarantee same-day service. 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.

We’re the water heater experts, and can service, replace or install electric or gas water heaters, standard tank or tankless models and even install hybrid heat pump systems in certain situations. Whether you need a repair, installation, 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 Vancouver home.

Try to find your water heater model number and serial number 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 usually on the side of the water storage tank.)

Vancouver 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 Codes – Vancouver, WA

Water Heater codes & Permits

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

The answer is kind of. Oregon operates under a minor label program, which 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 one-in-ten of these Vancouver water heater installations is subject to a random safety inspection.

Every few years, Vancouver 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.

Local Water Heater & Plumbing Code – Vancouver, WA

Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in Vancouver

Expansion Tanks: An expansion tank is required if a plumbing system is closed, this means that the back-flow, which normally runs between the house in question and the main water supply, is blocked. However, when water is heated, it starts to expand, which causes a rise in water pressure. The increased pressure must dissipate. If there is nowhere for the pressure to go, it places undue stress and strain on your water heater and your home’s plumbing system. Increased pressure will shorten the life of your water heater. However, expansion tanks provide relief from this excess water pressure and protect your home. Vancouver inspectors almost always enforce this code.

Approved Location: One of the dangers of gas water heaters is that they can dispel carbon monoxide. This dangerous byproduct can cause sickness and can even be fatal. It is illegal to put in a gas water heater in a small, frequently used space such as a bedroom or bathroom closet. The only exception to this code is a direct vent style (or power-direct vent) water heater. Vancouver inspectors are very strict in enforcing this rule.

Earthquake Straps: As you probably know, the state of Washington is often at risk of earthquakes because of its geographical location, so you must keep your water heater secured by placing straps on both the top and bottom – covering a third of the heater at each end. The inspectors of Vancouver will be sure to check that you are meeting this requirement.

Venting: Natural gas combustion, which creates carbon monoxide, is one of the most critical components to ensure the installation is done properly. You certainly do not want any carbon monoxide to reach you or your family members, so you must ensure that your water heater has a suitable venting system. These vents should be made of the proper material and keep specific clearances from combustible materials. Again, inspectors will be checking to make sure that you have followed this rule.

Pressure Regulating Valves: Devices that regulate pressure play an important role in preventing damage to your water heater and your plumbing. This is particularly the case if the pressure in your house is 80 PSI or higher. When we work with you, we take care to measure your PSI carefully and will definitely tell you whether or not you should install a regulator.

Greasepack Gas Valve Replacement: We will also be mindful to find out whether or not you have a greasepack valve on your water heater. These are not very reliable and neither the Uniform Plumbing Code nor Vancouver inspectors see them as acceptable.

Pans and Drains: Water damage is always a concern with a leaky water heater, especially when the tank is located inside or in an area where damage can occur. Vancouver thus enforces that you put a pan, linked to a drain line, under your heater when damage can occur.

Bonding: When your plumbing and your electrical wires are side by side, which is the case in many homes, you can run the risk of your wires deteriorating and causing your pipes to become energized. You definitely do not want this to happen, so Vancouver insists that you ground your pipes for both water and gas. You can do this easily with wire sized 6 awg and clamps.

Sediment Traps: It is important to protect your combustion chamber by trapping any debris or wetness that might otherwise enter. Thus, Vancouver will enforce that you include a trap for sediment.

Dedicated Water Shutoff: On occasion, you might want to turn off your water heater without compromising your household’s access to running water. You can achieve this by dedicating one shutoff to your water heater. Vancouver sees this as imperative and inspectors insist on it.

Pipe Insulation: Insulation is absolutely necessary for any pipes that are found in any space that is unconditioned. This helps to make your system more energy efficient.


Vancouver Installations

With more than two decades experience, we have installed countless water heaters in single-family homes, condos, apartments, mobile homes and townhouses all over Vancouver. 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 Vancouver.

We look forward to helping you in Vancouver. 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 replacement or installation in Vancouver.

Vancouver Water Heater repair

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, 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 Vancouver 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 Vancouver, common repairs and maintenance our technicians experience with 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 has failed, so it may 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 your water heater.


Rebates and Specials

Fast Water Heater Company frequently partners with utility companies around Vancouver 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.

Vancouver Water Heater Rebates

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


Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Water Heater Rebates

Converting to a Natural Gas Water Heater: PSE offers a rebate of $950 to convert from an electric to a natural gas water heater.

The new gas water heater must have an efficiency rating of .67 or higher.

  • Tier 1 Energy Star Heat Pump Water Heaters: PSE offers a $500 rebate on a Tier 1 Energy Star heat pump water heater
  • Tier 2 Energy Star Heat Pump Water Heaters: PSE offers an $800 rebate on a Tier 2 and Tier 3 Energy Star heat pump water heater (GE/Rheem)*

*Must be installed outside a conditioned living space, such as in a garage, attic or crawlspace

Learn more about PSE Water Heater Rebates. See a list of qualifying heat pump water heaters.


Cascade Natural Gas

  • Condensing High-Efficiency Natural Gas Tankless Water Heater: Cascade Natural Gas offers a $150 rebate on condensing natural gas tankless water heaters with an efficiency rating of .91 or more.
  • Storage Tank High-Efficiency Natural Gas Water Heater: Cascade Natural Gas offers a $45 rebate on gas water heaters with an efficiency rating of .67 or more.

*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

  • Heat Pump Water Heater: Seattle City Light offers a $500 rebate when you buy a qualified heat pump water heater

Learn more about Seattle City Light Energy Rebates

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