Ottawa Water Heater Installation

Sometimes all you need at the end of a long day is a steamy, hot bath or shower—but that source of relaxation can quickly turn into aggravation if you don't have enough hot water to fill the bathtub, or your shower turns icy cold a few minutes after you get in. Nobody likes a cold shower, which is why an inadequate hot water supply is one of the most irritating and noticeable signs that you need a new Ottawa water heater installation service.

But when it comes to a failing water heater system, many homeowners in Ottawa don't realize that the symptoms they are experiencing aren't normal. Trouble can creep up on you slowly over time until you're stuck with a barely functioning unit that isn't meeting your needs—and is costing you an arm and a leg on your utility bill. If you know the signs that your system is crying out for water heater installation in Ottawa, you can call a professional plumber and get it taken care of, so you can finally make it through a long, relaxing shower.

If you're tired of limping along with an inefficient water heater that only "sort of" works or is draining your bank account needlessly, it doesn't have to be that way. Our team of professional Ottawa plumbers can take care of Ottawa water heater installation quickly and efficiently to get you a brand-new unit that will make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. We have plenty of experience providing reliable plumbing services in the Ottawa area, and customer satisfaction is always our top priority. Don't hesitate to contact us today to learn more about our professional water heater installation and maintenance services.

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What Does Ottawa Water Heater Installation Include?

When hiring Mr. Rooter Plumbing for a water heater installation in Ottawa, you can rest assured that we will thoroughly discuss with you your pain points and any questions you may have about a potential brand upgrade, budget, and energy efficiency levels. We understand that it is a huge investment and want to help you make sure you make an informed decision about the next system. During the consultation, we’ll also inspect your water lines to check if you may need any plumbing repairs or adjustments. Furthermore, we’ll measure your current water consumption and compare it to your monthly utility bill. Our Ottawa water heater installation professionals will be able to tell you what a positive impact an upgrade could have on your plumbing.

Ottawa Water Heater Installation: Types of Water Heater

When it comes to deciding what type of heater to choose for your water heater installation, it's helpful to know the pros and cons of each water heating system tank type. Which tank is more energy efficient? Which will be more cost-effective? Which type has the longest tank life? We'll help you find out. There are two types of certified water heaters we install:

  • Traditional tank water heater: Though many households are switching over to tankless water heaters, the conventional tank is still a widely used system across the country. The benefit of traditional water heater tanks is their high flow rate. The availability of several gallons at the ready for all your hot water needs means you can use hot water from multiple sources at once. Traditional hot water tanks are also more cost-effective and relatively easy to replace. Whether you choose an 80-gallon water heater or a larger tank of water, however, most of your home’s energy goes into keeping your supply hot whenever you need it and doesn't last nearly as long as a tankless heater.
  • Tankless water heaters: When opting for a tankless water heater installation, Ottawa homeowners can count on heated water on demand. On-demand heaters can be between 8% to 50% more energy-efficient than traditional tank types, according to the Department of Energy. A tankless hot water system eliminates the need for a standby water tank, which results in energy loss. Tankless heaters also have a longer life expectancy than traditional tanks and, though the initial costs are higher, they have a longer lifespan, which will save you in water heater replacement costs in the future, offer peak efficiency, and save you in energy usage. Tankless heaters do, however, have a more limited flow rate, so that's something to be aware of for high-demand households, who are looking to use multiple hot water sources at the same time. The setup is also a bit complicated, so it's best to have one of our expert water heater installers take care of it for you.

The fuel source of the system is the next level of relevance. You may choose from a natural gas water heater or an electric water heater installation. Our Ottawa plumbers are skilled in setting up either one. Often, homeowners prefer to keep the fuel type they already have in place. But gas and electricity prices are ever-changing. Knowing the pros and cons will ensure you’re one step closer to getting the system that will best meet your needs. It is important to note that the tankless system comes with a higher upfront cost for Ottawa water heater installation.

Ottawa, Why Choose Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ottawa for Hot Water Heater Installation?

When you need minor Ottawa plumbing repairs or major projects like fixture installation, call the experienced team of plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ottawa. We provide a wide range of services designed to install, repair and maintain all the parts of your plumbing system, efficiently and effectively. On top of water heater installation in Ottawa, some of our other plumbing services include:

Workmanship & Parts Guaranteed

With us, you never have to worry about what will happen if your new unit isn't installed correctly, or if parts fail soon after installation. We are confident that our experienced and highly qualified plumbers will get the job done right the first time, and that's why we stand behind them with a guarantee on all workmanship and parts.

Upfront, Flat Rate Pricing

The most stressful part of getting any kind of Ottawa home services can be the nerve-wracking wait to see how much the final bill rings in at. We eliminate that source of stress by always charging an upfront, flat rate. With our fixed-cost installation services, you'll know exactly how much you will be paying before we get started on the work, so you can make an informed decision about what's best for both your budget and the care of your property.

No Overtime Charges

It would be great if everything could always get done during regular business hours, but the world just doesn't work like that. If you need plumbing services in Ottawa after hours or on the weekends, you can rely on us to be there when you call—and you never have to worry that you can't afford emergency or overtime services. We never charge for overtime or other hidden fees.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ottawa Water Heater Installation

Are you interested in learning more about Ottawa water heater installation, or our other dependable plumbing services in Ottawa? Get in touch with us to speak with our knowledgeable customer service representatives and find out more, or check out our answers to common questions that Ottawa homeowners ask. You can count on us to handle the details of your entire project!

Do I Need A New Ottawa Water Heater Installation or Just Water Heater Repair?

Whether you need water heater replacement comes down to the age of your unit and how badly it is damaged. Your unit only has an average lifespan of about ten to 15 years, so if it is more than about a decade old and showing signs of trouble, removing your old unit and having a new water heater installation in Ottawa will be more cost-effective than repair. That's because an old system will continue to have various parts and components fail, and you'll need to get repeated repair services until it is finally replaced. In that case, it is less expensive to just get a new Ottawa water heater installation. If you are not sure, we recommend that you keep an eye out for warning signs that indicate trouble:

  • The system doesn't seem able to heat water at all, or the volume is inadequate
  • Heating takes a lot longer than it used to
  • You have low water pressure from your hot taps, but not from your cold taps
  • The hot water tank is making banging, grinding, sucking, rattling or hissing noises
  • Your tank is visibly leaking, or mysterious puddles are forming nearby
  • Liquid coming out of your faucet feels slimy or has a metallic taste
  • The liquid from your hot tap sometimes has a brown tinge, or you can see particles of dirt, rust or sediment in it

Once our professionals have had the chance to examine your unit, they can diagnose the problem and give you their best recommendation on whether you need repairs or a replacement.

What Are the Benefits of Getting A New Ottawa Water Heater Installation?

Some homeowners in Ottawa subscribe to the theory that as long as their system is still providing some hot liquid, it's working. But no one wants to have to struggle every day to get what they need from a unit that is obviously on its last legs. There are some big advantages to getting a new water heater installation in Ottawa, such as:

Pay Less on Your Energy Bills

Conventional water heaters use a significant amount of energy because they are constantly heating that huge tank so there's hot water available every time you turn on the tap (in theory). But over time, it becomes clogged with sediment, corroded and damaged from wear and tear. That causes the unit to lose energy efficiency, and it needs more and more fuel to provide the same amount of thermal energy. The increased fuel usage can make a significant difference in your monthly utility bill in Ottawa.

Manufacturers are constantly working on improving their products, so an old unit that is still working will still not be anywhere near as efficient as a new model. Getting a new, energy-efficient water heater installation in Ottawa can save you a noticeable amount of money, and it is more cost-effective in the long run than continuing to run an old unit.

Hassle-Free Hot Water on Demand

Units lose storage capacity over time and can't provide the same amount of fluid that they once did. They also tend to take much longer to heat a tank than their newer counterparts—sometimes several hours. That means if even one person in your household takes a hot shower, it could be a long time before anyone else can take a shower or use a large volume of hot water for anything else. A new water heater installation in Ottawa will be more capable of providing for your family's needs, and it will heat up faster when it does run out.

Take Care of Other Plumbing Problems

When you are getting a plumbing service such as a fixture or appliance installation, it's the perfect opportunity to have your Ottawa plumbing technician check out the rest of your system and make sure everything is in good working order. Our experienced plumbers often notice potential trouble areas that others may miss and can get them taken care of quickly and easily so you have peace of mind knowing that your entire system is in great shape.

How Can I Make My New Ottawa Water Heater Installation More Energy Efficient?

Want to save more money on your monthly utility bills? There are two key ways that you can help even a brand-new unit operate more efficiently so it uses less electricity overall.

  1. The temperature for your hot water tank needs to be set at a minimum of 60 degrees Celsius to prevent Legionnaires disease, but that can affect your overall efficiency and increase the risks of scalding. To counteract the effects of that temperature setting, you can install a mixing valve on the outlet of your tank, so that cold and hot water are mixed before reaching any faucets. That means less water will be drawn from your tank, which boosts your overall capacity and the amount of usable hot water without increasing your energy consumption. This is also a good way to prevent scalding if you have young children or family members with special needs.
  2. The second way is to make sure your tank is insulated. It is a simple process that usually just involves fitting your tank with a stylish foil "jacket" that helps it hold in heat better. The insulation causes it to use less energy keeping the storage tank warm, and that saves you money on your utility charges.

Which Water Heater Size Does My Home Need?

The size of the hot water tank you require can vary based on factors such as how many people are living in your household and the number of plumbing fixtures and appliances it needs to serve, among other things. Once we have spoken with you and gotten more information about the performance of your current unit and your family's needs, we will be able to give you an educated recommendation on the best size option for your Ottawa property.

How Do You Fill a Water Heater for the First Time?

When our technicians handle your Ottawa water heater installation, we'll make sure the tank is filling properly before we leave. But, it's still a good idea to know how to handle the process of filling an electric water heater in case you need to do it yourself in the future.

You should never turn on the electricity to an empty unit. That is called dry firing, and it can cause serious problems for the system such as burning out a heating element. So, the first step is to check the circuit breaker box and ensure the breaker for the unit is turned off. If you're not sure which one it is, turn off the main breaker switch.

Double-check to make sure both the drain valve and release valve are closed and dry them off if they are wet so you can easily see if they are leaking. Then turn on the cold water supply to the tank—you should be able to hear it filling with water. After it has been filling for a while, turn on a hot water faucet to allow air to escape the pipe. When the liquid begins coming out of the faucet, the tank has reached minimum capacity. Finally, switch the breaker for the unit back on. It will begin heating, and you should be able to hear a quiet humming that indicates it is working. It will take time to heat up once the electricity is on.

Can I Handle a Water Heater Installation Myself?

While some plumbing tasks can be safely and effectively handled by anyone, residential water heater installation in Ottawa is not one of them. When you hire a professional plumber, you can rest assured that all safety measures are being followed, the electrical wiring meets or exceeds local building codes in Ottawa, and the system won't suffer undue wear and tear damage from faulty installation, which would result in additional costs and stress.

How Long Does It Take To Install A Hot Water Heater?

Generally speaking, it takes about two to three hours to install a water heater, though it can vary based on the type of installation. For a tank-to-tank installation, it takes about an hour to drain the current water heater's tank and uninstall it, half an hour to position the new tank, and another hour to hook it up. For a tank-to-tankless installation, it can take additional time. New power lines, water line connections, and direct vents will need to be added, and the tank will then be connected. For a tankless-to-tankless installation, expect to wait between one to three hours for installation.

Is It Time For a New Ottawa Water Heater Installation?

Trust our team of plumbing inspectors to tackle your water heater replacement project! We offer superior plumbing services, including regular maintenance and upkeep. Whether you live in Ottawa or the surrounding communities of Gatineau, Gloucester, Kanata, Nepean, or Vanier, you can rely on our team of skilled plumbers for expert plumbing services, including Ottawa water heater installation and hot water solutions.

We invite you to pick up the phone and give us a call today! Schedule a convenient appointment time or chat with our friendly customer service staff about what your plumbing system needs to be in excellent condition and running smoothly, and what our licensed professionals can do to get it there!

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