, 220 4th Street, Oakland, 510.839.0414 or 800.835.5946. “We had a great experience with Dan from Water Heaters Only, Inc. Our heater sprang a leak on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend; Dan was able to come the next day, and in the meantime, he provided excellent instructions over the phone as to how to drain the tank so that we wouldn’t suffer damage. He arrived promptly on Sunday and replaced the water heater that afternoon,causing amazingly little disruption for our household. Not only were his prices reasonable, but we did not have to pay a supplemental fee for a Sunday/holiday weekend installation. Highly recommended!” May 2016
Follow these tips to ensure that your water heater is in good working condition:
- If you notice rust, that is a good indication that it’s time to replace the water heater. Water heaters rust from the inside out, so when you find rust on the exterior of your water heater, it is in bad shape.
- If you hear a crackling noise from heater when ignited (due to a build-up of lime and calcium at the bottom), it is a good sign that your water heater requires replacement.
- Age has a lot to do with it as well. According to Shelly at All Service (our plumbing company) the average life expectancy is approximately 10 years.
- For upstairs units, a pan should always been installed at the bottom of the water heater and there should be a drain running to the outside of the building; this is especially important when the water heater is located indoors because if and when there is a leak the water goes to the neighbors downstairs. June 10, 2007
- Replacement March 23, 2012
The Architectural Review Board (ARB) has decided to award resale credit for replacement water heaters, on the principle that any new water heater bought and installed in the 2010’s is by definition an improvement upon what was originally installed in our units in the early 1990s. Resale credit will be awarded if the following conditions are met: 1) the owner submits an ARB form and receipt(s) to the ARB; and 2) the cost of the water heater, including installation, is at least $1,000, or if the project is bundled with other improvements to reach this threshold.
The resale value of new water heaters will depreciate on the following schedule: 20 years for tankless, and 11-13 years for the traditional tank-style water heater. A longer depreciation schedule may be awarded if the homeowner presents a warranty for a longer period.
This decision has been made, in part, with the goal of protecting all of our investments in UT: our original water heaters have reached the end of their normal life expectancy, and the ARB encourages every homeowner who has not yet done so to replace these old water heaters as soon as possible.
This new policy is retroactive: feel free to submit forms and receipts for water heaters already replaced.
PG & E may offer rebates.