Oh, no! The water isn’t getting hot anymore. Is your water heater at the end of its lifecycle? Going without hot water for an extended period seems almost impossible. So getting the new one up and running as quickly as possible while adhering to all necessary code requirements and permitting processes is key.

Here are some common things you may run into when you try to replace your water heater on your own.

You will need a permit
You will first need a permit for the water heater itself. This is simple to obtain and can be obtained at your local city or county permitting department. The cost for the permits varies, but they are usually under $100.

Beyond this permit, you may need an electric or plumbing permit, but that depends on the type of water heater being installed. Often, electric water heaters require changes to the wiring around the area, which means you will need an electrical permit.

Know the water heater codes
There are several codes that you may run into that address safety concerns. Some of the most common codes are:

  • Water shutoff: this valve allows users to shut off the water supply to the tank
  • Bottom board: electric water heaters need insulation when placed in an area unheated (like a basement or garage)
  • Drain pan: a drain pan with a drain line under helps minimize water damage from leaks
  • Earthquake straps: this helps secure the water heater and keep it in place to help prevent damage during an earthquake.

These are just some of the codes that you may run into. Not to mention, installing the tank itself can be very complex. If your water heater is not installed properly, then you could be risking damage to your home and garage.

Don’t know your pressure regulator from an expansion tank? We recommend reaching out to Meticulous Plumbing. We can help get everything installed while adhering to all codes and permit processes. In addition to gas water heaters, we have extensive experience with electric, tankless, and heat pump water heaters.

If your water heater isn’t acting as it should but is still relatively new, we also perform regular maintenance or service calls. If you’re noting excess water around the base of the water heater, a lack of water pressure, or any other potential problems, contact Meticulous Plumbing to schedule your appointment!

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