Gas Water Heaters

Natural gas is the primary fuel-source for water heaters because it is generally more cost-efficient than electricity. In fact, some utility companies offer rebates for switching from an electric-, to a gas-powered water heater.

A gas burner continually heats the water in a storage tank from the bottom of the unit. Traditionally, gas water heaters have a lifetime of 8-12 years, and once they approach this age, most service providers will not perform maintenance, as the cost of the repair could outpace the value of the unit.

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Types of Gas Water Heaters


These heaters feature a water storage tank and have been the standard for generations. These are the simplest, most affordable models, but they are also less-efficient than other, newer water heating technologies.

ENERGY STAR Water Heaters

Energy Star water heaters have increased energy-efficiency compared to standard models. With better insulation and electric-ignition pilot lights, these water heaters can save you about $25-30 per year in heating costs. Also, there may be Energy Star water heater rebates available in your area.


Tankless water heaters are the newest, most-efficient technology in water heating. They do not feature a tank so they save physical space, and additionally, they only heat water as you need it, so they are vastly more efficient than older models. One of the reasons people love tankless water heaters so much, is their ability to provide literally endless hot water. Learn More About Tankless Water Heaters.

Benefits of Gas Water Heaters

Standard Gas Tank Water Heater

  • Cost-Effective Installation: Generally less expensive to purchase and install than tankless models.
  • Quick Recovery Rate: Heats water faster than electric models, ensuring a steady hot water supply.
  • Reliable and Familiar: Traditional design that’s been a reliable choice for decades.
  • Simpler Maintenance: Easier and often less costly to repair due to simpler mechanics.
  • Energy Efficiency: More energy-efficient than older electric tank models.

Energy Star Gas Water Heater

  • Enhanced Efficiency: Meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and DOE.
  • Lower Operating Costs: Uses less gas, reducing utility bills over time.
  • Eco-Friendly: Lower gas consumption means reduced carbon footprint.
  • Rebates and Incentives: Often eligible for government rebates and tax incentives.
  • Advanced Features: May include features like electronic ignition, which eliminates the need for a standing pilot light.

Gas Tankless Water Heater

  • High Energy Efficiency: Only heats water on demand, significantly reducing gas consumption.
  • Endless Hot Water: Provides a continuous flow of hot water, ideal for high-demand or simultaneous usage.
  • Long-Term Savings: Higher initial cost but can be more cost-effective in the long run due to energy savings.
  • Compact Design: Saves space compared to traditional tank heaters.
  • Longer Lifespan: Can last longer than traditional tank heaters, with proper maintenance.

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Compliance with Local Codes and Regulations

Mandatory Permits For Gas Water Heaters

Replacing your water heater? Most State laws require a permit. But don’t worry, we handle the permit process efficiently, avoiding any project delays.

      Up-to-Date Code Knowledge

      Our experts stay informed about the ever-changing water heater codes in the Pacific Northwest, ensuring your installation is safe and compliant.

      Safety-First Approach

      We prioritize safety, adhering to codes and regulations. Our technicians will walk you through the necessary safety checks before starting work.

      Water Heater Codes Currently Enforced in Pacific NorthWest

      Approved Location for Safety:

        • Restricted Areas: Water heaters should not be installed in bedrooms, bathrooms, or closets used for other purposes.
        • Safety Rationale: This is to reduce the risk of accidents and limit exposure to Carbon Monoxide (CO) emissions from gas water heater vents.

      Earthquake Safety with Straps:

        • Requirement in Earthquake Zones: California law mandates earthquake straps on water heaters.
        • Strap Placement: They must be positioned on the top and bottom thirds of the water tank.

      Venting for Gas Combustion Water Heaters:

        • Preventing CO Hazards: Proper venting is critical to avoid Carbon Monoxide build-up.
        • Material and Clearance Standards: The vent should be of appropriate material and maintain safe clearance from combustible materials.

      Pans and Drains to Mitigate Leak Risks:

        • Installation Criteria: If there’s a potential for water damage from leaks, a pan with an external drain line is required.
        • Code Adherence: This follows California’s plumbing code.

      Pressure and Temperature Relief Drain (P&T Drain):

        • Outdoor Drainage Mandate: P&T drains should be directed outside to reduce the risk of scalding.
        • Alternatives for Specific Situations: In some cases, alternative solutions like a Watts 210 valve are acceptable.

      Dedicated Water Shutoff:

        • Uninterrupted Water Supply During Maintenance: A dedicated shutoff is necessary to ensure the rest of the house has water during tank servicing.

      Pipe Insulation in Unconditioned Spaces:

        • Mandatory Insulation: Insulating exposed pipes is enforced to prevent energy loss.

      Safety Bonding for Pipes:

        • Grounding Requirement: Gas and water pipes must be grounded to avoid electrical risks, particularly near electrical wiring.

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