Do you love taking relaxing, steaming showers? The answer is most likely yes. As you may already know, the hot water tank in your house provides you with hot water for those nice relaxing showers and baths that you love. You can find more information on hot water tanks and their energy usage in Canada in this article.
Hot Water Tank Issues
When was the last time you had your hot water tank replaced, or even simply inspected? It is important to ask yourself that question as a homeowner because the problems with water heaters are not only limited to the piping and integral system starting to leak.
Issues could arise simply because the tank is very old and has outlived its lifespan. Age is a major determinant of the problems that may arise with older hot water tanks.
If your hot water tank was installed over a decade ago, it may be slowly starting to fail. The failure in the hot water tanks may not be visible at first, as it could start with barely noticeable rust coloured water that slowly darkens over time. Imagine all the bacteria that may be accumulating in that environment due to the nature of the rusty water.
It is a very concerning topic, not only for your health but also as the smell and taste of that water is very unpleasant. Additionally, imagine not being able to take a nice hot bath after a long day of work; no one likes that, especially not in a cooler climate like British Columbia.
We highly recommended that you get your water heater checked out by one of our technicians, here at Mr. Swirl The Friendly Plumber, to ensure you are not at risk of any of the above problems, or any of the issues listed in our previous article on hot water tanks.
New Homeowners’ Hot Water Tanks
If you recently bought a new house, we strongly urge you to check the water heater and the plumbing system of the house to prevent any water damage. Damage could occur due simply to the age of the house, or other factors such as poly b piping throughout your house, or an old water heater.
Whether it’s a replacement, or a simple repair, Mr. Swirl, the Friendly Plumber is here to help prevent and resolve any of these issues in your house. You can read about tankless water heater options in our detailed previous article to learn more about your replacement options.
Some damages are repairable; however, it is important to get a technician to look at your hot water tank to see whether those damages are due to the age of the hot water tank.
Moreover, you may want to review the inconvenience and possible health issues that may arise from these damages. If your hot water tank is more than a decade-year-old, call Mr. Swirl today to book your replacement services before you face no hot water or any worse situations.
What Should You Do?
Mr. Swirl is here 24/7 to help make your day better. Give us a call at 604-435-4664 for all your hot water tank, and other water heater needs. You can also visit the following hot water tank service-related pages if you live in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Surrey, Langley, Port Moody, Burnaby, Mission, or New Westminster to book your services today!
Hot Water Tanks Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long does it take to replace a hot water tank?
It takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to replace an old hot water tank.
How much does a hot water tank replacement cost?
In British Columbia, any water heater replacement can cost between a range of $1300 to $1700 depending on the size of the water heater and the duration of the instalment.
What size hot water tank should I buy?
As discussed in our previous blog on the water heater, the size of the water heater best for you depends on the number of people that live in your house.
2 to 3 people may not need more than 40 gallons, whereas 3 to 4 people would need 50 gallons, and 4 to 6 people the 60 gallons option.
How long does it take for hot water to heat up after replacing a hot water tank?
Depending on the type of water heater installed, it may take between no time to 1.5 hours for the water to heat up and be ready to use. Gas tankless water heaters take absolutely no time to heat up water, so they would be the ideal option to never have to deal with a lack of hot water in a small household. Gas tank water heaters take between half an hour to 45 minutes, and electric tank water heaters take an hour to an hour and a half for the water to heat up.
Which water heater is the best option for me?
Choosing the right hot water tank for you depends on your budget, the space available for the hot water tank, and your preference and lifestyle. Tankless is great for small spaces with fewer hot water consumers. They are compact, and on the pricier side, however, they are longer-lasting. Gas options are great for bigger homes with lots of people living there as they are larger in size but cost slightly more each month. Electrics water heaters are the most common option and are the most cost-friendly in terms of installation. They are perfect for smaller homes as they do not require tons of space for ventilation.