Hot Water Tank Replacement in Vancouver, BC

Perhaps all you can think about is finishing your busy day with a well-deserved bath, but what if there is barely enough hot water left? It's not uncommon for your water heater to become less efficient as it ages. In fact, if it makes it past eight years without any problems, you have a good-quality unit. However, there are various reasons why it might be time for a hot water tank replacement. Vancouver plumber professionals from Mr. Rooter Plumbing are experts in this field and will bring together knowledge and expertise to maintain and repair your hot water tank. Replacement services are also part of our specialties.

If you think you may need a hot water tank replacement or, at the very least, a repair, call us today and ask about our upfront pricing for water heater installation!

A plumber from Mr. Rooter Plumbing loosening the pipes on a hot water tank during an appointment for hot water tank replacement in Vancouver.

Why Choose Mr. Rooter Plumbing for Hot Water Tank Replacement?

Since the foundation of Mr. Rooter Plumbing in the 1970s, more than 230 locations across North America have joined the team to spread the values of high-quality workmanship, integrity, respect, and customer care. As a proud member of Neighborly's expert home service providers, property owners throughout Vancouver are in the safe hands of licensed professionals who are all background-checked and fully insured.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver is a locally-owned and operated plumbing company that is proud to serve its local community by providing exceptional plumbing maintenance and repairs that go above and beyond expectations to fully meet our customer's needs. By hiring our plumbing services, you can save money.

Get the most out of our services by becoming a loyal customer. We offer an Advantage Plan that includes the following perks:

  • Priority Scheduling: None of our valued customers should ever have to wait in line—especially during a plumbing emergency. As part of our Advantage Plan, you will always be prioritized for all types of services and emergencies.
  • Discounted Pricing: If you regularly book with us, you will automatically receive discounted rates on our maintenance and repair services, such as drain cleaning or hot water tank replacement. Vancouver, BC homeowners who are on the Advantage Plan get the best deals in the city, as well as loyalty rewards and seasonal specials.
  • Personalized Records: At. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Vancouver, we keep records on the plumbing systems of our local customers so that we can help you keep track of your repairs and even send you reminders for your next routine maintenance appointment.
  • Upfront Pricing: Our goal is to be as transparent as we can by providing an accurate estimate for every requested job. We also never charge any overtime fees, especially in the event of any emergencies, because your safety is our priority.
Our team of courteous and uniformed professionals provides guaranteed workmanship and parts, ensuring that you get the best quality service and materials for all your plumbing needs.

Top Signs You Need Hot Water Tank Replacement

Did you know that your water heater is the second most energy-sucking appliance after your heating and cooling systems? Considering the standard tank size for residential homes varies between 50 and 60 gallons—the amount of water that your tank keeps hot throughout the day—it makes perfect sense! The average Canadian shower uses about 16 gallons during a seven- to eight-minute shower at a flow rate of two gallons per minute.

You might think to yourself that you shower a lot longer than that and still have plenty of heated water for everybody else for the rest of the day. This means you have a decent tank size that provides you with enough supply for the entire household, and that's not even counting other duties, including dishwashing and laundry. But how efficient is your unit heating this water? More importantly, how much is this costing you?

It’s always a huge dilemma for Vancouver homeowners if they have to weigh out the pros and cons of water heater repair versus replacement. In our eyes, you need guidance from qualified plumbers who are thorough and can provide trusted diagnoses and long-term solutions.

If you have received several repairs within a few months' time, it's obvious that the plumbing contractor you hired either didn't do a proper job or those minor repair services should have been a replacement instead. The top signs that call for a hot water tank replacement in Vancouver, BC, include the following:

Rust In Water

There are a couple of reasons for rust. Each tank should have an anode rod, which is a metal steel core wire that attracts sediments and minerals. This way, the majority won't sink to the bottom of the tank and cause early corrosion. Of course, sediment buildup will still settle inside the tank somehow, which makes routine flushing an important part of preventative maintenance. A lack of maintenance will enable small particles to spread and deteriorate your tank's performance. If you notice rust or discoloration in your water, you'll know it's time for a hot water tank replacement. Vancouver, BC, plumbers have you covered.

Leaking Tank

Leaks may result from rust and clogs. If you notice puddles around your tank, you may have a clogged or defective drain valve or the bottom of your tank may be severely rusted. While drain valves are easy to replace, you may also have to consider a Vancouver hot water tank replacement if the leak is an internal problem triggered by corrosion. If left untreated, it could cause water damage and even a basement flood.

Rumbling Noises

Is your water heater making rumbling, banging, or knocking noises? While these units typically operate quietly, sudden noises indicate an excess of sediment. Often boiling bubbles will break off the deposits, enabling them to float to the surface and become trapped by the anode rod, but these sediments may also react with the interior heating elements. Generally, noises inside water tanks require a professional inspection followed by a flushing service.

Running Out Of Heated Water

Perhaps you have a new addition to your household, and the current tank doesn't hold enough heated water. In that case, we're happy to share with you potential upgrades that will meet your needs. We're all for hot showers rather than cold showers!

It’s Over Ten Years Old

Most conventional tanks are designed to last for over ten years. If your tank receives proper maintenance from licensed technicians, it's likely to achieve this lifespan. While there are high-end units that still perform well after ten years, you should regularly have them inspected to ensure that parts like the burner, heating elements and the health of the tank's interior are in good condition. Older units, despite meeting their lifespan, could break down at any time without warning signs.

Vancouver Hot Water Tank Replacement Types:

Many homes have the standard water heater type that includes a holding tank. There are two main types of conventional systems:

Gas Water Heaters

Gas-powered hot water heaters are the most common type in residential homes that are already equipped with a gas furnace. In this case, gas lines and gas fitters are already in place. The biggest advantage of gas-operated units is that they only take about 45 minutes to heat up. In case you ever run out of heated water, you won't have to wait long for an additional supply.

Electric Water Heaters

Electric tanks are also commonly found in homes that prefer to reduce their carbon footprints and greenhouse gas emissions. Electric units also come with a lower upfront cost, are energy efficient, and are very safe to operate. The only downside is that they require between 3000 and 5000 watts to operate (such as a 40-gallon unit), which means a higher operating cost that will tremendously increase your monthly electricity costs.

Whether you plan to switch from one type to the other or want a basic replacement of the same type, our experienced plumbers in Vancouver are fully licensed and insured to expertly complete your desired hot water tank replacement. Vancouver property owners will benefit from a brand-new unit for many years to come. Our office team will also send you routine reminders for regular maintenance services that will keep your tanks in top working condition.

Hot Water Tank Replacement – FAQs

What’s The Installation Cost of a New Hot Water Tank?

Replacement or installation service rates depend on several factors, such as the type and model you choose to install and whether our Vancouver plumbers need to install gas lines and fittings. This will add a slight complexity to the overall job and takes extra time. As we stand by our upfront pricing system, we always ensure that we cover every single detail in the quote before we give our local customers the final rate.

In order to make that happen, we need more information on your current situation and usually need to inspect your home before we can determine the final rate. Feel free to give our office team a call and learn more, and we might even be able to give you a price range upon receiving more information on what you need.

How Long Does a Standard Hot Water Heater Last?

There is a wide variety of types, sizes, and models that are of great quality, but they all have a similar lifespan that averages between ten and 15 years, depending on the amount of professional hot water tank maintenance they get and how much mineral deposits your water is exposed to.

How Long Does It Take for A Hot Water Tank Replacement?

Mr. Rooter Plumbing service experts are fast and highly efficient in the job they do. You can expect us to complete our replacement service within three to four hours including potential gas connection installations, as well as draining and disconnecting the old unit to make space for the new tank. That being said, every appointment is different. Your appointment may take more or less time.

Should I Replace My 20-Year-Old Hot Water Heating System?

Even though most standard units won’t reach the 20-year mark, it is still possible for them to operate after 20 years. Chances are you are a maintenance champion who has done all the diligent work to keep your home systems running perfectly. But water heater tanks will eventually break down upon reaching old age, and this could occur when you least expect it.

To eliminate this unpleasant surprise, one of our qualified plumbers in Vancouver will be more than happy to give you a trusted diagnosis. After a detailed inspection service, you'll see why a hot water tank replacement in Vancouver, BC is your best option.

Should I Choose a Tankless Water Heater Instead?

This is a matter of preference. Tankless heaters are designed to provide you with hot water on demand. Also, if you prefer to save some space in your home, you won't need to bother with a holding tank that keeps your supply heated 24/7. While that could save you money in the long run, a tankless water heater installation comes with a high upfront cost due to a specialized installation process and components, including vent systems, gas valves, and numerous controllers that need to be installed close to the areas that require supply.

We are happy to help you weigh out your options and make the right decision. In the end, it will depend on how much you are ready to spend in advance. That said, some downsides of tankless heaters include slow hot water delivery for larger households and the common phenomena of the cold water sandwich effect. Many Vancouver homeowners with an existing gas line prefer a hot water tank replacement for consistency and reliability. Feel free to contact our team to learn more about our hot water tank service or to gather more details about tankless heaters.

Looking For a Hot Water Tank Replacement in Vancouver?

Have you already been shopping for a hot water tank replacement in Vancouver, BC? Your local Vancouver plumbers are familiar with popular models and are happy to consult you and help facilitate your shopping experience prior to providing you with an efficient hot water tank installation service.

Give our knowledgeable staff a call today to schedule a no-obligation consultation or in-house inspection service, or learn more about our popular plumbing services, from drain cleaning and drain repair to new toilet installations and sewer line repairs.

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