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HOT WATER TANKS

HOT WATER TANKS FOR CALGARY

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A hot water tank is generally something many homeowners forget about... that is, until you hop into your shower, turn the nob and get hit with a stream of ice-cold water!

If you've experienced a winter in Calgary, we're sure you'll agree that having hot water year-round is just as important as having good heating in your home.

Hot water tanks are generally built to last a long time. But over time your tank may begin to leak or stop working completely.

If you need any help with your hot water tank in Calgary give us a call so we can help with any maintenance, repairs, installation, or any other plumbing needs that you may have.

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What Is The Average Cost Of A Hot Water Tank In Calgary in 2021?

The cost of a hot water tank can vary significantly due to various factors such as whether you are installing it by yourself, what brand you are using, which company you are using for the water heater installation, and what materials your home requires.

In Calgary, if you opt to have a professional plumbing company install it for you, you can expect to see a hot water tank installation range from $1000-2000. The exact quote varies given the circumstances. We highly recommend giving us a call so we can gather more information about your home and the service it requires so we can provide you with an accurate quote. Our goal is to help make plumbing services affordable for you.

If you attempt a hot water tank repair by yourself the price can be around or less than $1000, but our team at Northern Oasis Plumbing does not recommend this.

A general home owner often does not have the expertise necessary to conduct a proper installation, so they often wind up paying more in the long run when they need to get it done properly when things start to go wrong. You wouldn’t perform surgery on yourself so don’t endanger your family by attempting to install gas appliances yourself.

It's best to choose a plumbing company with experience in hot water tank installation to minimize the need for any future repairs. Plus, you can rest easy knowing it will meet all the code requirements that are put in place to protect your family.

Most homeowners are generally concerned because the price on a hot water tank can vary significantly, so how can you be sure that you are paying a fair price for your new hot water tank?

We recommend that you call us or continue reading our webpage to learn more about the variables and factors that help our team provide you with a quote.

If you are looking for a professional trustworthy plumbing company to help with your plumbing needs give us a call at

587-777-5588

What Factors Change The Price of Hot Water Tanks

More often than not, we will have our customers ask why they may be seeing a difference in prices when they are looking to get their water heaters serviced or installed.

Some of the most common reasons why you may see different pricing in regards to hot water tank services are:

  1. What type of hot water heater is being used (there are a handful of different water tanks available).
  2. What brand is being used for the install.
  3. The size is of the tank.
  4. Whether you are choosing a professional plumbing company for the installation.
  5. Whether installation is included in the price of the tank or repair.
  6. If warranty is included (is it a year warranty or lifetime?).

Different Types Of Hot Water Tanks

Believe it or not, there are a few different types of hot water tanks that you can choose when it comes to your water heater.

The options that we are going to discuss are natural draft hot water tanks, power vent hot water tanks, indirect water heaters, and electric water heaters. Another very popular option that you can read more about is tankless water heaters.

Natural Draft Hot Water Tanks

Natural draft tanks are generally the most commonly used and affordable water tanks. Prices for these tanks will range from $1000 to $2500.

These tanks heat water traditionally and have a cone above the hot water heater that will collect all the by-product gas that is created through the process of combustion.

This draft hood dilutes the exhaust cooling it slightly to protect the metal of the chimney. As the hot gas burns, it will generally rise upwards with the hot air and flow out of your home using the vertical pipe attached to the tank.

The air pressure within your home works alongside these tanks to help push these harmful gasses out of your home. Natural draft water tanks do not have any additional fans or electrical support to help remove these gasses.

A natural draft water heater vent must be at least 4” by code. Older installations may have used 3” venting or aluminum as a vent material. This needs to be upgraded to meet the current code. Masonry chimneys are also an issue.

The current code requires masonry chimneys to be certified or relined with a chimney liner. This is to prevent carbon monoxide from getting back into your home. While it can be expensive to reline the chimney you need to decide what is your life worth. Would you pay $1000 to save your life? It would be a tragedy to die to save just a few dollars.

An alternative to relining the chimney is to switch to a power vented water heater or tankless that vents its exhaust out the sidewall of the home.

Are Natural Draft Hot Water Tanks Safe?

Because natural draft water tanks rely on the natural air pressure inside your home to release the dangerous carbon monoxide gasses sometimes the pressure inside your home can change leading to unsafe backdrafts.

These tanks are generally safe but can become unsafe in the case that you are running hood fans or bathroom fans often which can cause a negative backdraft within your home.

The negative air pressure will cause a backdraft which will pull the gases into your home rather than releasing them.

This can cause a very dangerous situation where carbon monoxide enters your home. This is why we recommend having a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home or furnace room.

We also recommend using a professional plumbing company when it comes to your furnace maintenance or repairs.

Power Vent Hot Water Tank (One-Pipe System)

Power vent hot water tanks are a little higher in price and are beginning to become more popular than natural draft tanks since they are a safer alternative.

These tanks generally cost slightly more to get up and running because they are using electrical-powered fans to help pull the air from inside your home to vent the products of combustion outside.

Some benefits of the power vent hot water rank are that you can place them in many different locations because the gasses can be pushed out vertically or horizontally due to the fan system.

Because of this electrical fan system, it is unlikely for any gasses to flow back into your home. In most cases if the fans in these water tanks stop working the gas system will not turn on which adds another level of security for your family.

Power vent hot water tanks generally go for a price point around $1695 and up, depending on which brand and tank size you require. The increase in price is due to the electrical components within the system, the more expensive exhaust materials, and the added install time.

Power Direct Vent Hot Water Tank (Two-Pipe System)

The difference between a power direct vent hot water tank and a power vent hot water tank is that the power direct tank will have two pipes.

The tank will pull in outside air from one pipe and push out the excess gas with the other pipe. This system operates independently and will never use the air in your home.

These tanks will generally be priced at or above the $1895 price point, and are mainly used when you have the possibility of negative pressure in the home.

If you have a powerful range hood you can sometimes suck out more air than is coming in. This would cause an atmospheric and power vented water heater to backdraft the products of combustion back into the home. With a properly designed heating system, makeup air and an interlocked furnace should not allow a negative pressure.

With a power direct vent, the combustion chamber is sealed with the combustion air coming in one pipe and the exhaust being forced out the other pipe so there is no way for the exhaust to come back into the house.

Electric Water Heaters

Electric water heaters function very similarly to gas hot water tanks. The major difference between an electric water heater and a gas heater is that electric heaters heat the water without creating carbon monoxide gas.

The recovery rate of electric water heaters is much slower so you need a significant amount of storage for an electric tank to supply the same amount of hot water.

Most electric water heaters are 60-75 gallons and take a lot longer to get to temperature while a gas water heater is 50 gallons to meet the same need.

Electric hot water tanks cost significantly more to operate as the current electricity rates are much higher than the natural gas rates. If you wish to switch from electric to gas you will need to use a power vented water heater as adding a chimney through your current roof is often cost-prohibitive.

Indirect Water Heaters

Indirect water heaters will heat your water by cycling boiler fluid through a coil within the water heater. The boiler fluid never mixes with your domestic water but the heat energy is passed from the boiler fluid to the domestic water through the submerged coil.

Most indirect water heaters are made from stainless steel. Since they are not prone to corrosion some manufacturers offer a lifetime guarantee. This means no more changing your water heater every ten to twelve years.

A standard water heater offers a 35,000 BTU burner, but the coil used for indirect water heaters can transfer up to 130,000 BTU from the boiler fluid. Since your boiler is often sized to heat the entire home, the recovery rate on a properly installed indirect water heater is phenomenal.

If you have a high-efficiency boiler and a limited demand for hot water you can lower the temperature of the boiler fluid for domestic hot water production. This would allow you to go from a standard water heater's efficiency of 52% up to the maximum efficiency of your boiler which can be up to 90%.

What Brand Is Used In The Hot Water Tank Replacement

Every plumbing company that you speak to will generally have its own preferences or offers for your hot water tank.

There is no "best" water tank. Each and every water tank manufacturer will have pros and cons to their selection of tanks. Some of the more commonly known brands will be Rheem, Bradford White, AO Smith, Giant, John Wood, Rinnai, Navien, Takagi, Bosch, and Noritz for tankless water heaters.

The main differences you will find between all these companies will be the difference in quality, efficiency, lifespan, prices, and warranty. While we work on all brands we also have our preferences. Just like a car each company will recommend the brand they like best.

We have not selected our brands by cost but more on personal experience in longevity and ease of maintenance. Make sure that you contact us or a company with experience in this field to help you identify your needs when selecting a water tank.

What Size Of Hot Water Heater Is Required

The larger the hot water tank, the more expensive the install and cost. Plus, the larger the tank the more energy will be used to help ensure you have hot water on demand. Most of the current water heaters are very well insulated and will only lose approximately ½ a degree per hour.

These losses are not much different between the different sizes. We recommend purchasing a tank slightly larger than you think you need as having too much hot water far out ways not having enough.

Our team is available and more than happy to provide you with some insight as to what would be the best long-term hot water heater for you. Simply give us a call when you have time so we can walk you through the best water tank or tankless water heaters for you.

Average Cost Of 40-50+ Gallon Hot Water Tank

The average cost of a 40-gallon water tank will be $995-$1600 dollars, and for a 50+ gallon tank you are looking at an average cost of $1195-$2000.

However, there are many variable factors such as brand, warranty, model, and which company you choose to install your tank. Our hot water tank installation will most commonly use a Rheem or Bradford White hot water tank.

*Pricing is subject to change based on market, logistic and supply chain issues / changes.

Which Plumbing Company Is Installing Your Hot Water Tank

Our team are experts when it comes to hot water tank installation in Calgary.

It doesn't matter whether you need an emergency service, new installation, repair, maintenance, hot water tank replacement or you just need help with your heating systems. We have you covered when it comes to any of these services. Hundreds of customers trust our many years of experience in hot water tank repair and installation.

Note that we do not recommend repairing a tank over 8 years old as it can often cost over ¾ of the replacement cost and you still have an old tank that could fail tomorrow.

Hot Water Tank Warranty

A standard warranty for water heaters is 6 years for parts and 6 years for the tank. We offer a two-year warranty on labor.

Both Rheem and Bradford White offer an extended warranty for $150 dollars. The extended warranty is on the tank against leaks for an additional 4 years which brings the tank warranty to ten years. The Rheem extended warranty includes the addition of a second anode rod.

Hot Water Tank Maintenance

We strongly recommend flushing out your water heater at least once a year. To properly flush out your tank you need to turn the selector to pilot, then shut off the water main leading into the tank. You then hook up a hose to the drain at the bottom of the tank and open it to empty the tank into a nearby floor drain. Once the tank is empty you turn the water on and off several times to stir it up.

If You have a plumbing problem get in touch with our team by calling 587-777-5588 or visit our contact page to reach out! 

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