Do You Need a Water Heater Replacement or Upgrade?
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Clean, hot water is a luxury that many of us take for granted until our water heater malfunctions. When you can’t take your hot shower in the morning, you need a repair to happen ASAP. Several issues with your hot water could indicate there is a problem, like improper temperature, discoloured water, or a rotten odour coming from your faucets. If these or any other problems occur, it’s time to call in the experts.
The Super Plumber is your local plumbing company in Victoria and the surrounding areas on Vancouver Island that offers great prices and the most convenient times that work around your schedule. Our plumbing professionals are available 24/7. We provide regular rates from 8 am to 8 pm six days a week. Our On-Time Service Guarantee promises that we’ll be there for an appointment or we’ll pay you $100 for the inconvenience. And with 24/7 emergency plumbing services, we’re always available to rescue you if a sudden problem occurs.
We’d love to be your source for water heaters in Victoria if you’re looking for a replacement or upgrade. The following is a review of the importance of having a water heater in excellent shape to safely and consistently heat your home’s water supply, along with a list of our services. We’ll also provide some advice on what to look for in a quality water heater upgrade or replacement when you need one in Victoria, Duncan, Cowichan, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, and surrounding areas.
Having hot water available quickly when you need it helps out a lot with convenient cleaning and cooking duties in your home. It may take a bit of time for the water to run hot out of your faucet, but with a well-functioning water heater, it’s quick compared to heating water in a kettle or on top of a stove! A fair amount of energy is used to consistently heat water, so it’s important to have efficient equipment if you want to keep multiple bills low.
Most North American homes use storage water heaters that have tanks. These have hot water ready-to-use by continually heating a reserve of stored water. They can be different sizes depending on your home’s needs. If hot water isn’t used frequently, nor used in high volumes, it’s best to get a smaller tank and one that has good insulation to limit heat loss over time. When usage is high, one must wait before a reserve of hot water is available again.
Tankless heaters are another choice that is gaining steam and popularity in residential homes. They are high-powered devices that provide instant hot water as it flows through the device rather than creating a large reserve. They are small and high-efficiency. They’re a great choice for smaller abodes and for those who are eco-conscious. There is also no need to run the water and wait for it to heat up.
It’s important for your water heater to be operating properly to ensure your water supply is hot enough to be safe. Bacteria and pathogens can grow in improperly heated water. Yet, you don’t want your hot water to get too hot because there is a risk of scalding and burns. The BC Plumbing Code calls for hot water heaters to be set at 60-degrees. Scalding can still occur at this temperature after several seconds, but it should be cooler once it’s arrived and flowing from your faucet. To avoid injuries, slowly raise the temperature from cool to lukewarm to hot instead of cranking extreme heat and then lowering it.
The Super Plumber provides hot water tank repair and replacement, including emergency repairs. This includes gas water heaters, electric water heaters, and on-demand tankless water systems.
If you notice any of the following issues, give us a call:
- No hot water
- Partial hot water
- Rust-coloured or discoloured water
- Popping noises or a low rumbling coming from your water tank
- A high-pitched whine coming from your water tank
- An odour of rotten eggs either coming from your faucet or near the water heater
- Leaking or flooding from the water tank
The Super Plumber also provides these services related to your water heater:
- Replacements for failed hot water tank elements
- Burner service for gas hot water tanks
- Controlling water hammering in pipes or tanks
- General maintenance to keep your heater running at peak efficiency
- Pool heater repair and replacement
CHOOSING A HOT WATER HEATER
The experts at The Super Plumber can help you select a water heater replacement or upgrade. You can trust in our knowledgeable team to assist you in selecting the best option for your circumstances.
In general, to replace a water heater, one needs to know the fuel type it uses: natural gas, propane gas, or electric.
Choose between a standard water tank or an on-demand tankless unit. Benefits of tank-type heaters include lower up-front costs, Energy Star model availability, and that they provide ample water for higher-use homes with their larger capacity. Tankless heaters provide savings over time, instant hot water supply, the reduction of energy consumption, Energy Star model availability, and they’re ideal for smaller homes and part-time residences like in cabins. Plus, they free up floor space with wall installations.
We can help you figure out your water usage and select a tank size that suits you and your family. A good way to gauge one’s needs is considering the number of bathrooms and the number of occupants.
When you choose to install, we’ll let you know about rebates offered by us or by the government to help you out.
In addition to the water tank and water heater replacements and repairs, we offer a whole suite of plumbing, drain, and gas fitting services addressing these areas:
- Plumbing and fixtures
- Drain cleaning
- Sewers and Septic
- Trenchless no-dig sewer repairs
- Water pumps
- Water treatment
- Gas fitting
We regularly offer coupons and discounts you can find on our site. Plus, if you’re unhappy with your repair for any reason, we will redo it for FREE! We maintain and grow our business based on satisfied customers. If you need repairs, regular maintenance, upgrades, replacements, or help in an emergency, you can contact us anytime and we’ll be there.