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California Water Heater Installation Codes

The California Plumbing Code (CPC) is a set of regulations that govern the design, installation, and maintenance of plumbing systems in California. The CPC covers a wide range of topics related to plumbing, including the installation of plumbing fixtures and appliances like the water heater. If your water heater was purchased in the State, it should include a manufacturer’s guide to installation which adheres to related codes and regulations. A permit is generally required to install, remove, or replace or cause to install, remove, or replace a water heater, so it is always recommended to hire a licensed professional for your hot water heater tank installation or replacement. Call Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air to hire a professional today.

Chapter 5: Water Heaters

Chapter 5 of the 2022 California Plumbing Code covers the construction, location, and installation of fuel-burning and other types of water heaters heating potable water. Some of the main regulations related to water heater installation include:

  • Energy Efficiency: The CPC requires that water heaters installed in California meet certain energy efficiency standards set by the California Energy Commission (CEC).
  • Clearances and Venting: The CPC requires that water heaters have certain clearances from combustible materials and have proper venting to prevent the buildup of dangerous gases.
  • Relief Valves: The CPC requires that water heaters have a relief valve installed to prevent over-pressure and over-temperature conditions.
  • Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve: The CPC requires that a temperature and pressure relief valve be installed on all water heaters to provide protection against overpressure and overheating.
  • Drain Pan: The CPC requires that a drain pan be installed under the water heater to catch any leaks or spills.
  • Seismic Strapping: The CPC requires that water heaters be properly strapped and anchored to prevent damage from seismic activity.
  • Location: The CPC specifies that water heaters must be located in areas where they will not cause damage or create a hazard if they leak.
  • Size and Capacity: The CPC specifies that the water heater capacity must be sufficient to meet the peak hot water demand for the building.

It is important to note that the codes and regulations in California are subject to change, so it is recommended to check with local building and safety departments to confirm the most up to date codes and regulations. Additionally, it is always recommended to hire a licensed professional plumber or contractor to ensure that the water heater is installed correctly and safely.

Hire a Uniformed Plumber in California

It is best to leave water heater repair or a water heater replacement to experienced and trained plumbers. Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air is proud to serve many areas of California, so feel free to call Rooter Hero when you want to hire a uniformed plumber. Our dedicated plumbers are on standby and ready, willing, and able to handle your water heater installation correctly the first time around. Don’t risk your water heater and property by relying on just anybody with a toolbox. Call Rooter Hero to hire a uniformed professional from a reputable business.

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