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Hot Water Heaters come in different shapes, sizes and power

Hot Water Tank Calgary: What are the different Hot Water Tank options?

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Gas Water Heaters

Gas water heaters cost more initially, but have significantly lower operating costs than their electric counterparts. While they do require regular maintenance, they do not experience scaling due to hard water like electric water heaters do.

Gas water heaters have a shorter recovery time and can deliver a higher volume of hot water. For instance, when a gas water heater runs out of hot water, you’ll only have to wait 20 mins for more. An electric water heater can take an hour. Thanks to these traits, a gas water heater is an ideal choice for larger households of 4 or more.

Installation is a bit more complicated, because it will need venting outside and a larger gas line. If you have an undeveloped basement, it is the perfect time to make the switch. If you have a developed basement, our plumbing and heating experts can assess whether venting can be achieved easily.

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Electric Hot Water Tank Heaters

Electric water heaters are less expensive to purchase and install than gas water heaters. They’re hardwired into your home’s electrical panel, so it’s important to check if your existing service is large enough.

Due to the fluctuating nature of electricity rates, operating costs tend to be higher. Electric water heaters are better suited to smaller households as they can’t provide as high a volume of hot water as gas water heaters. Recovery times tend to be around 1 hour.

Residential Boilers

Residential boilers can effectively replace your furnace and water heater. This means that you’ll have one less appliance to worry about and more space in your mechanical room!

Like a tankless on-demand water heater, residential boilers are more energy-efficient than your typical hot water tank. It can also handle higher volumes of hot water, which makes it the perfect choice for larger families and homes.



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Tankless On-Demand Water Heaters

Tankless on-demand water heaters are becoming increasingly popular. They may be pricy when compared to tank water heaters, but they’re highly efficient.

As industry regulations change to require more high-efficiency water heaters, we believe that the demand for tankless will increase.

Why are tankless on-demand water heaters such a great option?

  • They take up much less space than a hot water tank.
  • They can deliver an unlimited supply of water. Other water heaters are limited by the amount of water that can fit in the tank.
  • They’re more efficient. They don’t spend energy heating up water until it’s necessary.
  • They’re easy to use and repair, in comparison to tank water heaters.
  • Navien water heaters come with a 15-year warranty and feature a hot water recirculation system. This system makes sure that no hot water, that can be used, is lost.

What should you consider before purchasing a tankless on-demand water heater?

  • Because of buildup issues from hard water in Calgary, it’s highly recommended that you purchase and install a water softener. This is an additional cost.
  • It’s not as practical for larger households, over 4 people, or large homes. Frequent high demands on the system can cause early burnout. Instead, we would recommend a residential boiler.
  • Installation requires a full day of work, to change out various components.
  • If the power goes out, there is no storage tank of hot water.

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Hot Water Tank Maintenance

Yes, we talk about this a lot, but we do get asked about it a lot, so here we go again! To most people, their hot water tank is just a widget that does what it does and lasts as long as it lasts, not realizing that there are maintenance tasks that can extend its life significantly. Maximize the lifespan of your water heater, and you’re saving money.

On average, a hot water tank will last 8–10 years, but with regular maintenance, you can extend that to as long as 15 years. Following are some regular maintenance tasks that can delay the inevitable cost of replacement.

The Average Lifespan of a Hot Water Tank In Calgary

Hot water tanks are one of those items on the radar of homeowners as a large possibly investment in the coming years. The average lifespan of a hot water tank is 8-10 years, therefore most homeowners will need to install a new one during their time in any given house.

But with regular maintenance, you can keep your water heater running smoothly for longer, pushing the need for that investment back by a fair bit. Here are the regular maintenance tasks you should be performing to ensure that your water heater will last as long as possible:

Drain the Hot Water Tank Annually

If you do not have a water softener, drain your tank every year to get rid of the mineral sediments that collect in the bottom. Do this by running a hose from the tank outlet to either your floor drain or a bucket.

We recommend draining the sediment from your hot water tank on a yearly basis. Do this by attaching a hose to the drain and placing a large bucket under the end of the hose, opening the drain, and letting the tank drain for 2-5 minutes.

Be aware that the water coming out the tank will be hot — the same temperature as if you were running the water on hot at the sink. If you keep your water heater turned up high, you may want to turn it down a day or so before draining. Regardless, exercise caution while draining your tank to avoid burns.

The sediment you will see drain from the hot water tank is due to hard water build-up. Please note that if you have a water softener in your home, this annual draining is not necessary.

Don’t constantly overwork your Hot Water Tank

Your water heater will last longer if it’s not constantly working its hardest. For the sake of its longevity (and your safety!) don’t run the heater at its maximum temperature.

Water at 70°C can cause burns instantly, while temperatures under 48°C can lead to the proliferation of legionella bacteria. The safe balance between these two factors is about 50°C. If you’re going away for a week or more, turn the dial right down to the Vacation setting to save energy and extend the life of the tank.

Clean the Combustion Chamber every 2 years

We recommend opening up the combustion chamber every couple of years to give it a good cleaning. This simply means vacuuming it out to remove dust, dead insects and any other debris that has collected there. This can be done at the same time as draining your tank, only every second year instead of annually.

Change Your Anode Rods every 3-5 years.

Not familiar with anode rods? Start here. These “sacrificial anodes,” made of magnesium or aluminum, are present within the tank to spare the interior the damage of constant water contact— the minerals eat away at the anodes instead.

Corrosion is an electrochemical reaction. The galvanic “sacrificial” anode is a rod made of metal more reactive than the tank itself, so any corrosion will occur there first. Over the course of 3–5 years this rod will be consumed, and replacing it can potentially extend the life of the tank. (The same thing is done on the hulls of ships.)

Be aware that while a water softener may minimize the buildup of sediment, the slightly higher sodium content of the water will accelerate the consumption of the anode rod; if you have a softener, be prepared to replace this part at least every three years.

To prevent water damage to the interior of your hot water tank and extend its life potentially by years, you should have your plumbing professional replace the anode rods about this often.

General Maintenance of Hot Water Tanks

To get as many years as possible out of your water heater, follow the above maintenance schedule, and on an everyday basis, keep the temperature at a reasonable level — having the tank cranked to scalding hot all the time can really shorten your water heater’s life.

If you’re going away for a week or more, turn the dial right down to the Vacation setting to save energy and lengthen the tank’s life even more.

If you follow these tips, along with regular maintenance visits from your Calgary plumber, your water heater could potentially last 12, 14, even 15 years. Call us today to book your anode replacement if you’re due!

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Hot Water Tank Calgary – Is it time to replace your tank?

The average lifespan of a water heater is 8-10 years, and if you are nearing that time period, you may be wondering when your tank will need to be replaced. Living with this possibility hanging over your head can be stressful if you’re not prepared.

If you have never done any of these maintenance tasks and your tank is more than eight years old, you may want to consider a replacement. It is far better to replace the tank in a timely manner than to wait for it to fail! A scheduled replacement will likely be less expensive and is definitely less stressful.

Give us a call to discuss your options, including tankless on-demand systems. This is a good time to start thinking about it, as hot water tank failures are more likely to occur in cold weather.

Telltale Signs that your hot water tank needs to be replaced

If your tank is eight years old or older and you answer an honest “No” to at least one of the following, it’s time to think about shopping for a new water heater.

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  • Have you ever switched the anodes in your tank?
  • Have you performed regular maintenance on your tank?
  • Do you make efforts to keep the temperature low on the tank and turn it to the Vacation setting when you go away for longer than a weekend?
  • Do you have a small family or does your household generally not demand much of your water heater?


It is best to know your options before you need to, or replace the tank if you think the time has come. A scheduled call may be less expensive and is definitely less stressful than having to call the plumber unexpectedly on any emergency call because your water heater stops working suddenly!

The New High-Efficiency eF Series Hot Water Tank

The new eF series from Bradford White is the most efficient tank-type residential water heater currently on the market, making it easier on the environment and your wallet. This power vent gas water heater offers 90% thermal efficiency where other high-efficiency water heaters offer 80% at most. With three heat exchanger tubes rather than the usual one, it heats water over a greater surface area; and its insulation is 2” thick — double the norm. In addition, like other power vent water heaters, the eF series features spark to pilot ignition control, meaning the pilot isn’t burning constantly when the water heater is not in use.

All of these features translate into energy and cost savings for you. Add to that the microprocessor which allows the unit to maintain consistent and accurate water temperature; two anodes rather than just one; built-in features to reduce corrosion and prevent sediment; and Bradford White’s exclusive interior enamel coating to cut down on, and we have a water heater that is sure to keep you happy over its long life.

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Preet C.

I called Instant Plumbing today as my hot water tank quit on me, after telling them about the issue over the phone they told me that since it was so cold out, the air intake pipe outside was frozen shut.

I was told to remove the snow and break apart any ice that had formed around it.

Instead of coming out and charging me through the roof for an emergency call, the guys at Instant Plumbing helped me out over the phone, and I was able to get my hot water tank running again.

Wow. Thoroughly impressed with the level of service I got from you guys! Keep up the great work!


Cathy G.

Jeff was excellent. He patiently walked me through the steps of my hot water tank replacement. He was professional, on time and efficient. I have used Instant plumbing for the past 15 years and have always been very satisfied with the quality of the work and quick response.


Robert W.

Jason and Ben did a fantastic job coming out late on a snowy evening while a flames game was on to replace my hot water tank. They were very prompt and efficient, having me up and running again in less than 2 hours from placing my call. Thank you!


Greg S.

Instant plumbing was outstanding with respect to our emergency on Sunday and following up with the replacement of the hot water tank. Derek was very helpful Sunday arranging the proper tank and service for Monday and the installers were excellent… Brian and the assistant were very careful removing and bringing in the new large tank. There was no damage, and they were clean about it! The tank was installed tested, and we have been enjoying the hot water and warm floors since …with no issues!

Our regular plumbing company dropped the ball big time with us when we were calling early Sunday morning… Instant did not!!! Very responsive and quality installation was our experience.

Thanks guys!


Kim Y.

Our hot water tank died very unexpectedly on Monday evening and by Tuesday afternoon Jason from Instant Plumbing had us up and running with a bigger and better tank. I can’t say enough good about this company right from the lovely lady on the phone who booked our appointment to Jason and his partner for a quick thorough job and the quote was what I paid, no surprises or hidden costs! Friendly and smiling throughout the whole job.

Thanks Instant plumbing, you will be my go-to maintenance company from now on!


Debra R.

Jeff Olchowy, assisted by Ben, did a wonderful job of replacing all of the poly-b in our home while also installing a new hot water tank and water softener. Jeff explains everything clearly in advance, then follows-up with a walk through of the completed work.