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Hot Water Tank Calgary, Installations, Repairs and Maintenance

Hot water tanks in Calgary are very hot topic. It’s not hard to understand why – hot water is a fundamental piece of any household, and hot water tanks are the most common way to provide hot water for everyday use.

A hot water tank can be an excellent investment since it provides so much convenience and comfort on a daily basis, but only if you know what you’re getting! Here’s what you need to know before buying a hot water tank in Calgary.

When you invite Instant Plumbing & Heating for a Hot Water Tank consultation, we’ll discuss the best options for your unique home. We will ensure that you are happy with your Hot Water Tank service, repair or installation.

Hot Water Tanks: Everything You Need to Know

A hot water tank is a machine that keeps hot water hot so you can always have hot water conveniently available.
Some people call it a “water heater.” It’s not hard to understand why – hot water is a fundamental piece of any household, and hot water tanks are the most common way to provide hot water for everyday use.

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Hot Water Tank Calgary Options

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.


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.

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.

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.

Hot Water Tank Calgary FAQ

One of the most important things to consider is your monthly hot water needs. This way you will get an idea of the size of the hot water tank that you will need for your home. It is also important to get a quote from a professional plumber for installation costs before you purchase your hot water tank, so that you can accurately calculate how much this will cost.

The best way to find out if you have enough space for a certain size hot water tank is to measure the height and width of available floor space in comparison with the tank dimensions. You must also consider wall space and the proximity of the hot water tank to a cold water valve, which you will use to drain it when needed.

Before you buy the hot water tank, you’ll need to determine how much space is available in your basement or utility room. This will help you decide on the size of the tank. There are two types of hot water tanks that are usually compatible with most homes: the traditional 40-gallon, full-size tank that sits on top of the floor; and smaller, more modern tanks that are mounted on an 18-inch high platform, which provides better access for maintenance. The size of your home will also dictate the style of hot water heater you buy to meet your needs.

There are four factors that will affect the size of hot water tank you need: The number of bathrooms in your home, household members and their usage habits, the type and temperature of water in your area and how frequently you use your appliances. The best way to determine your needs is to calculate how many gallons per minute (GPM) of hot water you need to meet these four factors. To do this, take the square footage of your home and divide it by 150, then multiply that number by 1.7 (the average usage per fixture).

A hybrid hot water tank is a great option because it uses the latest technology and features to deliver you hot water faster than ever before. They’re also more efficient than standard models, which means that you’ll save energy and money every month on those hydro bills. This type of tank is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners across Calgary.

Your water heater runs more efficiently with less build-up in it, and you’ll notice that you’re only replacing the pads in your humidifier every 2-3 years instead of annually thanks to the lack of build-up.

Meanwhile, you also save on plumbing service calls because your toilet stays clear of calcium build-up, meaning it continues to flush smoothly as time goes by.

Most home improvement stores will carry the necessary hardware and instructions for safely installing a tankless hot water heater, but we recommend consulting with a professional first. This way you can be sure the installation is done correctly and by someone who is knowledgeable about this type of new technology.

There are many factors that you need to take into consideration before deciding on which type of hot water tank is best suited to your home. You must think about what kind of energy or power source you want to use, the size and also the amount of water that you need. Make sure it is a tank that can be easily integrated into your home without taking up too much space or being in the way.

Hot Water Tank Calgary Reviews

We are your local hot water tank specialist that serves Calgary and the surrounding areas. We have been in business for 45+ years and have a stellar reputation that extends to our online reviews. If you need your Hot Water Tank replaced, serviced or repaired, then do not hesitate to contact us.


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.