Water Heater Installation Los Angeles

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Water Heater Installation Los Angeles

We make the water heater installation process quick and painless!

  1. Give us a call today at (800) 990-9490, explain your problem, and we will dispatch a water heater expert.
  2. The water heater technician will troubleshoot your water heater to see if it needs repaired or replaced.
  3. Our water heater specialist will install the water heater. Prices are listed below.

    • $849 – 30 & 40 Gallon Gas Water Heater
    • $889 – 50 Gallon Gas Water Heater
    • $1,649 – 75 Gallon Gas Water Heater
  4. Read more about water heaters

    1. Frequently Asked Questions
    2. About Water Heaters

Each Water Heater Installation Includes:

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  • Ultra LowNox water heater
  • Remove/Haul away old tank
  • 2 New copper water supply lines
  • Re-install existing earthquake straps
  • Reconnect existing vent
  • 6 Year water heater warranty

Please keep in mind that the basic installation price is not inclusive of any code requirements for your specific installation, replacement of any valves, replacement of vent (if incorrect size or material), or new gas connector.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When should I repair my water heater?
A: There are times when a repair might be cheaper and more suitable for your water heater issues. If your water heating has sprung a leak or has stopped heating up, a little troubleshooting might help solve the issue and save you money. A few repairs, such as changing a pressure relief valve or replacing a heating element are relatively easy. If you perform regular maintenance on your water heater you should be able to detect when these changes need to be made.

Water heaters are said to last for 8 to 10 years depending on various elements. If your water heater is still under the 8 year mark, try seeking out the problem before replacing it for good. Make sure to double check your electrical to make sure the problem isn’t a blown fuse or tripped breaker.

The most common complaint about water heaters is the water not being hot enough. Check the information on the nameplate for a good starting point for parts and repair help. If you’re seeing a decline in temperature, don’t run to the store too quickly, a repair might be an easy way out. Usually when the water is too cold a faulty thermostat or defective heating element is to blame. You can check out water heater tips section to learn more about what you can do when your water heater is on the fritz.

There are other problems that may be easily repaired. Consult a water heater expert like those at The Electric Connection before you make the big step in replacing your water heater.

Q: When should I replace my water heater?
A: According to manufacturer’s, a water heater’s life expectancy is about 8 to 12 years. This, of course, varies based on the location of your water heater and home, the design of the water heater, whether you’ve maintained it properly, the water quality, as well as the quality of the installation.

If your water heater is nearly the 10 year mark, it may be time to start shopping around especially if there are leaks or it works erratically. Before you start looking around, make sure you don’t have an electrical problem, such as a tripped breaker or blown fuse, as these may be reasons for the water heater’s weird behavior.

If you are certain you need a water heater replacement, you can search for the same unit but you might want to consider upgrades. Make note of the information on the nameplate on your current water heater as this will be a good starting point (capacity of tank, insulation R-valve, installation guidelines, working pressure, model and serial number) but consider your family size or water heater type. You may want to increase or even decrease your unit’s capacity depending on your family or you may wish to switch to a tankless unit.

You definitely want to consider the features of the new water heater.

  • A 40 to 50 gallon heater is the most common.
  • Make sure the recovery rate, or the gallons heated per hour, are good for your lifestyle.
  • Take a measuring tape to the space allotted for your water heater and make sure it matches the dimensions of the new water heater.
  • Check for rebates! A lot of energy and water departments offer rebates for energy efficiency appliances.

Q: What important questions should I ask when installing a water heater?
A: These are important questions to keep in mind when installing a new water heater yourself. If any of these seem like too steep of a task to complete, call The Electric Connection and we can help!

    How can I dispose of my old water heater? Local codes governing disposal of appliances should help you out. Don’t just leave it on the side of the road!

    Can I physically lift the water heater? You will be dealing with a very heavy and bulky item. Make sure you have enough manpower to move it.

    What tools will I need when I perform the installation? You will at least need an adjustable wrench, screwdrivers, a hacksaw, and pliers. If copper is involved you may also need a propane torch.

    Will I have enough time to complete the water heater installation? Once you start, you must finish. Make sure to allot enough time to get the whole job done.

Q: When should I hire a professional to repair my water heater?
A: There are various jobs you may have to complete when replacing your water heater. You may need to convert electric to gas or gas to electric.

Sometimes a water heater repair can be pretty simple. If you feel uncomfortable performing any of the work needed to be done when replacing a water heater, please contact a professional.

Q: When performing maintenance on my water heater, what should I be careful of?
A: You should be sure you are comfortable working with the gas and electricity in your home. Also be sure to have enough manpower and time to get the job complete. When you are working on a gas-powered appliance you must have a carbon monoxide detector equipped. The Electric Connection is here to help out every step of the way if you get stuck!

About Water Heaters

According to Wikipedia, “water heating is a thermodynamic process that uses an energy source to heat water above its initial temperature.” Without thinking too much into it, it basically is a means to heat water to a desired temperature. We use the water heaters for basic needs like cooking, cleaning, bathing, and even heating our homes.

Water heaters are usually found in the depths of US basements or hidden away in closets. The majority of North American water heaters are tank-type water heaters, also known as storage water heaters. These tank-type water heaters usually consist of a vessel that is cylindrical that keeps water hot and ready for use. While natural gas water heaters are the most popular due to it’s availability and inexpensiveness, there are many other energy sources available – propane, solar, and electric are just a few. In fact, the most common water heater found in US households is a natural gas water heater than holds 40 to 50 gallons of water with a burner rated at 34,000 to 40,000 BTU/hour.

In addition to a tank-type water heater, there are also tankless and hybrid water heaters. The tankless heaters do not store the water. Instead they only heat water when the water is needed. Hybrid water heaters use advanced heat pump technology to heat the water. In order to determine which water heater is right for you, you must determine how much water you will be needing, this depends on your household size, water consumption, as well as your ground water temperature based on your location. The Department of Energy offers a great water heater selection guide.

It’s always difficult determining whether you should replace or repair an appliance. Water heater have a general lifespan of 8 to 12 years with proper maintenance. If your water heater is getting older and is starting to act up, it may be time for a replacement. The experts at The Electric Connection can guide you through the process and help you decide if you need a water heater repair or a water heater replacement.

Here are a few troubleshooting tips if you are having problems with your water heater:

The water isn’t hot enough!
If you have an electric water heater…

  • Determine that the power is connection then reset the thermostat.
  • Make sure there is no sediment in the tank.
  • Be sure to insulate the hot water pipes.
  • Check to see if the heating element or thermostat need replaced.
  • Place the setting on the thermostat higher.

If you have a gas water heater…

  • Determine that the gas is connected and the pilot light remains lit.
  • Make sure there is no sediment in the tank.
  • Be sure to insulate the hot water pipes.
  • Check that the gas burner is clean and replace the thermocoupler.
  • Place the setting on the thermostat higher.

I’m hearing hissing or sizzling sounds!

  • It may be that sediment has collected in the tank. You will have to drain the tank of all water to clean the elements. Take out all the elements and place them in a pan filled with white vinegar for about an hour and then scrape off the collected scale.

The pressure-relief valve is leaking!

  • You need to replace the valve.

The water supply pipes are leaking!

  • Try tightening the fittings first. If that doesn’t solve the problem you must replace them. Be sure to turn off the water first.

Once you determine you are ready for a replacement, now is time for the water heater installation. If you are comfortable dealing with gas and/or electric, you may be able to accomplish this task yourself. Otherwise it may be best to leave it to the professionals. If you decide to do it yourself you have to make sure you have the time, manpower, paperwork, and tools needed to complete the job. Once you start, you must finish!

First you should determine whether or not you need a permit to install a new water heater. You can check with your local inspections department. Be sure to have your work inspected by a professional when it’s completed. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

FamilyHandyman has a great tutorial on how to change the water heater in your home. We’re run through the basics below.

  1. Turn off the gas
  2. Drain the tank of all water
  3. Cut the water lines
  4. Attach the relief valve
  5. Attach pipe assemblies
  6. Attach the water lines
  7. Reattach the vent
  8. Attach the gas line (use two wrenches)
  9. Check for backdrafting
  10. Check for leaks
  11. Light the pilot light

And viola! Your new water heater should be installed. Make sure to have your work checked by a professional and to dispose of your old water heater properly!

Now that you have installed a water heater in your home, it is important to keep up on it’s proper maintenance and care to make it last as long as possible. Water heaters built today require very little but that little bit of maintenance is important to prolong the life of your water heater. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your new water heater:

  • Twice a year be sure to drain the water heater. This will get rid of all the collected sediment that may cause corrosion. It will also increase efficiency and save you money!
  • Every so often lift the pressure-relief valve’s handle and let it snap back. You should see a burst of water going into the overflow drainpipe. If this doesn’t happen, it’s time to replace the valve.
  • Set the temperature on the thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will reduce the damage done to the tank that is caused by overheating.

Always remember that you are not alone in homeowner and water heater ownership. The Electric Connection is here to provide expert advice and services. Give us a call at (800) 990-9490 if you have any questions and we will be happy to help.