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Hot water tank installation or replacement

When should a hot water tank be replaced?.

Replacement of your hot water tank will be determined by a number of factors. In most cases, customers would wait until their hot water tank is broken. However, there are many other signs that customers can look for which will indicate a replacement. Some of these signs to look for are:

  • Leaking water tank.
  • Smelling of the water.
  • Lack of hot water.
  • Dis-colour water.
  • Tanks over ten years and having lots of issues.
  • Breaking down of the tank material.
  • Signs of calcium on or around the tank.

Note: Hot water tank installation or replacement should be done by a qualified contractor. This is important because incorrect installation can cause damage to homes or individuals.

Hot water tank.

Whether you have a gas or electric hot water tank, it is one of the most essential equipments inside our home that we rely on every day for hot water. We are so accustomed to turning our pipes on and like magic we received hot water. What many customers don’t realize, like any other equipment these things need servicing. The reason why there is a consistency of hot water is the fact that your system is functional and is in good working order. Customers should not wait until their system is broken before thinking of inviting a qualified contractor in their home for inspection. In many cases, this can be prevented by having yearly maintenance done to their system.

Reason for servicing a hot water tank.

It’s important to have your hot water tank service in order to sustain the life of your tank. Within the water tank, calcium is formed on the bottom, due to the breaking down of chlorine inside the water. This then settles at the bottom of the tank and causes the system to lose its efficiency. But by flushing system yearly, this will help to maintain tank efficiency. Tanks are generally equipped with a sacrificial anode installed from the factory which helps to sustain the life of the tank. This helps with the slowing down of the process of rust from attacking the walls of the hot water tank.

All gas hot water tanks are equipped with a burner that should be cleaned and check once per year. Having regular maintenance will reduce the build-up of soot which will contribute to the system producing carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a tasteless and odourless gas which is extremely toxic to the human body if too much is being inhaled.

How much does it cost to install or replace a hot water tank?.

Installation or replacement cost of a hot water tank varies base on the size and difficulty of installation. Most tanks are generally quickly installed because of swapping out the same size tank. However, some cases may require material in order to retrofit the tank. Cost to install hot water tank including gas permit can range from $1400 to $2500 depending on size, model and efficiency.

Note: Technical Safety BC requires all gas hot water tank installed must have a gas decal or permit.

How long will a hot water tank last?.

Most hot water tanks generally last 10 to 15 years with customers replacing them 10 to 12 years. It is highly recommended to have your hot water tanks install inside a drain pan. This can help to prevent your home from being flooded in the event of a water leak.

How do I know a hot water tank is properly installed?.

The following should be done to determine proper installation:

  • Hot water tanks should be installed level, especially gas-operated tanks.
  • An unleveled gas hot water tank installation can cause your tank to be heated unevenly.
  • Electric hot water tank power wire should be properly sized.
  • The temperature-pressure relief valve should be piped as close to the floor as possible.

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