The costs of a hot water heater installation can be expensive if done with a large plumbing company. But, at Plumber on the Phone we are affordable, local plumbers in Ottawa. With over 38 years of installing hot water heaters, and providing residential plumbing services, you are in good hands with us. Have questions about your hot water heater installation? Learn here what the differences are between a tankless water heater and an electric water heater.
Hot Water Heater Installation
First, the plumber will need to assess the problem. An experienced plumber will diagnose the situation, and work with the client to find the best possible solutions for the hot water heater. Secondly, after the assessment, the plumber will carefully lay down tarps to protect the floors. Then, the plumber may turn off the electric source from the electric hot water heater and disconnect the electric wires from the hot water heater. Unfortunately, the plumber cannot disconnect or connect any natural gas lines. A gas technician will need to be called for this. After disconnecting and removing the electric wiring from the hot water heater, the plumber will shut the main water valve in the house. A plumber will drain the water heater completely into a floor drain.
Remove Hot Water Heater
After ensuring the water heater is empty, the plumber will start removing the water heater. Due to the size of the water heater, a plumber usually does not dispose of the old hot water tank. When ordering a new hot water heater, be sure to think of delivery and disposal. Most companies will handle this. When the plumber replaces the hot water tank, new parts will be used to connect the new water heater. A hot water control valve is mandatory in Ontario except with waterless water heaters as they are built with it.
Tankless water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. Either a gas burner or an electric element heats the water. As a result, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. You don’t need to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water. However, a tankless water heater’s output limits the flow rate.
New Tankless Water Heater
How does it work? When the hot water is required, and the tap is switched on, cold water will be released. However, the cold water gets warmed directly in the pipes with either a gas or electric element. Installing two tankless water heaters will assist with greater water pressure. This is ideal when the dishwasher is working, at the same time as someone is taking a shower.
New Tankless Water Heater Benefits
Firstly, it provides a steady water flow and can meet high use demands without a water tank supply. The capacity ranges from 2-60 gallons of water. Secondly, they are usually lower costs for electricity. Thirdly, they take up less space than a traditional hot water tank. Therefore, the tankless water heater is popular in small homes, renovated cottages, and condos. The only disadvantage to a tankless water heater is their upfront costs. According to Energy Saver, a U.S. Department of Energy consumer resource center indicates that households that use a lot of hot water should get a tankless water heater. Not only are they more energy-efficient, but they can save you money on your water bill.
Traditional Hot Water Tank
As you know, the traditional hot water heaters are bulky in size. However, they are more economical compared to the cost of a new tankless water heater. The hot water tank as we all know performs the job very well. The life expectancy of hot water heaters is approximately 10-15 years. It depends on the quality of the water. Of course, city water will be the most advantageous as the water is treated compared to well water.
We highly recommend replacing the unit before the end of its life expectancy. This will provide greater peace of mind. Don’t wait until a hot water tank is no longer functioning to replace it.
Have any questions about hot water heater installations or tankless hot water tanks? Get in touch with us directly at 343-304-2031.