Purchasing a New Water Heater
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The Super Plumber is your trusted local plumbing company here in Victoria that can service all your plumbing needs. We believe in delivering the best customer experience possible and in providing expert advice that will improve the overall efficiency of your home. Our repairs come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee – if you are unhappy with your repairs for any reason we will redo the work done for free.
But there may come a time when it no longer makes sense to continue doing repairs and replacement becomes necessary. The Super Plumber can supply and install new units for you with our professionally trained, expert plumbers, who will help make the process easy and stress-free.
For instance, during the colder months, it would be more than just an inconvenience to lose your hot water. This stressful situation can significantly limit your home’s functionality and liveability. In these cases, it sometimes might not be worth repairing an old water heater and your best option to save money and energy is to purchase a new one. With continued maintenance and the right tank, you’ll never have to undergo such an exasperating experience again.
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We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provide emergency services for Victoria, Nanaimo, Duncan, Ladysmith, and Sooke. Give us a call anytime and you will be greeted with courtesy and respect by a real person. Our fully qualified plumbers are available around the clock and happy to help you in your time of need.
Among other things, we provide emergency repair for broken hot water tanks, including gas water heaters, electric water heaters, and tankless hot water systems. If you experience the following issues with your water tank then don’t hesitate to give us a call straight-away:
- Lack of hot water.
- Rust-coloured water.
- Odd-sounding noises or odours from your water tank.
- Flooding or leaking from your water tank.
When is it Time for a New Water Heater?
A water heater’s function is fairly straight-forward. When cold water enters the tank it gets heated by an electric element or gas burner. A thermostat regulates the temperature, and as the water gets hotter, pressure builds inside the tank which sends hot water out of your faucets.
Because of the simplicity of most conventional water heaters, repairs are relatively easy and inexpensive. But if your conventional storage-tank water heater is nearing the end of its life, replacement is often the wiser option. Water heater tanks typically experience corrosion over time because of the way water minerals react with steel. With older tank models this is an unfortunate consequence of wear and tear – even if repairs are made, the older models will eventually deteriorate again.
That’s why in these cases we would recommend that you contact us to install a new water heater designed with high-efficiency technology. These newer models are up to 20% more efficient and can save you up to $700 in energy costs over the life of the unit. This means that even if your older model tanks are still in working condition, the energy savings for a new tank are well worth the investment. The money you save will pay for the new water heater after just a few years, and you can reduce your environmental impact by dumping fewer pollutants into the air and less energy down the drain.
Newer Model Water Heaters
There are a variety of newer models for water heater tanks. First, determine whether or not you will be using gas or electricity to heat the water. If you currently have an electric water heater but natural gas is available in your area, a switch might save you money. Talk to us for expert advice on which one would work best for your home.
Storage Water Heaters
These units are the conventional kind that you will traditionally find in homes. Storage water heaters work by heating water in an insulated tank that is constantly being filled after use. This means that hot water is always available, but also that energy is being lost through the walls of the storage tank and in the pipes after you’ve turned the faucet off. Newer models are more energy-efficient because they contain higher levels of insulation around the tank to reduce heat loss.
On-Demand Tankless Water Heaters
Instead of using a storage water heater, consider using the much more energy efficient on-demand, tankless water heater. These water heaters are smaller sized units, taking up less space in your home, and can reduce energy consumption by up to 30%. They work by applying instant heat to your water flow, removing the need to switch from cold water to hot by running your taps; essentially, they provide on-demand hot water. Because there is no tank there is no issue of loss of heat through the walls of the tank or pipes as the water sits waiting to be used.
To help you make your decision, consider that you can get a rebate of up to $1000 for ENERGY STAR® rated water heaters. Both natural gas and hydro-powered heaters qualify for this rebate. There are also a number of other home renovation rebates that encourage you to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Be sure to take advantage of these incentives and ask professionals, like The Super Plumber, which products qualify for these rebates and will work best for you and your home.
What We Offer
The Super Plumber also offers an in-house rebate of $50 when you use us for supplying and installing your new water tank heater. There are a number of other in-house rebates to choose from for other services that we offer, which we would be happy to discuss with you so that you know your full range of options.
Be sure to call us anytime for help – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – when you are experiencing problems with your hot water tank. Our plumbers are here to assist you in your time of need.