Water heaters haven’t been considered a luxury item for years and in fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a home without one. With that said, these appliances do not last forever and can occasionally need repairs. ProSolutions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is the company to handle this! Our plumbers are knowledgeable about all water heaters and can help you with the decision to repair or replace your unit. Of course, should you experience a hot water emergency and need our services, we are available around the clock!

Dealing with a serious water heater leak? We offer emergency services when you need them most!

When To Repair or Replace Your Water Heater

Water heaters do not last forever and usually break down when you need them most. Sometimes, the appliance just needs a small repair while other times the unit should be completely replaced. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell the difference and sometimes the cost of either one won’t make for a clear decision, either. Here are a few ways to tell if you should consider repairing or replacing your unit:

  • Age – as stated, water heaters won’t last forever. On average, water heaters last between 8 and 10 years. This is just an average so your tank may need to be replaced at 7 years or last for 11 years
  • Rust – if there is rust in your tank or inlet valve, the unit is corroding
  • Noise – hearing a loud popping or crackling sounds could mean that there is sediment built up at the bottom of the tank. Every time the tank needs to be heated, it must heat through this layer which can cause the bottom of the unit to burn and eventually leak. This is a problem that could lead to repair or replacement depending on its severity
  • Leaks – there isn’t a long-term solution to repairing water heater leaks and this can indicate a new tank is in your future
  • Not enough hot water – at one point, your water heater provided enough hot water for your home. If it no longer does, whether it is due to age or the fact your family has grown, it may be time to replace the unit

Our plumbing professionals can help you make the best choice for your home. Whether it ends up being high-quality water heater repairs or a complete replacement, we have the expertise needed to get the job done right – the first time.

Benefits of Professional Water Heater Installation

Although there may be seminars and videos showing how to install a water heater, this process isn’t always as easy as it looks. When dealing with an appliance that heats your home’s water, you are also handling electrical components and in some instances natural gas lines, which can be dangerous without the right expertise. The combination of these can be deadly, even if the install seemingly went ‘fine.’ Sometimes problems tend to show themselves days, weeks, or months after a DIY job is completed.

When you choose to call ProSolutions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, this won’t be an issue. We will make sure to install your new water heater correctly, set the temperature for efficiency and safety, and explain any features you may need to know about.

Call ProSolutions for Your Water Heater Needs

If you hop into a cold shower in the morning or never seem to have enough hot water for your family’s shower or cleaning needs, it’s probably related to your water heater. With that said, a call to ProSolutions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is in order! We can help diagnose the problem and walk you through whether a repair or replacement would be better for your situation. Once that decision is made, you can trust that the repair will be made carefully or the replacement will be installed in the most professional way!

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Water Heater FAQs

  • What is the difference between a boiler and a hot water tank?

    The difference between a boiler and a hot water tank has to do with the way in which each uses the hot water that it produces.

    Both boilers and hot water tanks take cool water, heat this water and then distribute it throughout a home via pipes. However, the water that is heated by a boiler is distributed throughout the home via pipes, radiators and radiant in-floor systems in order to heat it - to keep the rooms, floors, garage, etc. comfortable and warm.

    On the other hand, a hot water tank heats water that is used for cooking and cleaning purposes - for showers, dishwashing, laundry, etc.

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  • What are the signs of a hot water tank going bad?

    There are several common signs that your hot water tank may stop working. Consider calling a water heater services company to take a look at and repair or replace your unit if: 

    Your unit is getting old. The average water heater will last 8 to 10 years. Your water smells or is discoloured. For example, if the water looks rusty the unit may be corroding. You hear loud noises coming from your hot water heater. Loud popping or crackling sounds can mean sediment has built up in the tank.Your tank is leaking or you notice water around the water heater.Your hot water tank no longer provides enough hot water.The water pressure has gone down and is not sufficient.

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  • How many years does a hot water heater last?

    Unfortunately, hot water heaters don’t last forever. On average, a traditional hot water heater will last about 8 to 10 years in Leduc. However, as this is based on the average lifespan, your tank may last only 7 years or it could last 11 or more with proper care and maintenance. The lifespan of a unit will depend on several factors including location, the type of water tank, water quality, the quality of installation, and how it is maintained. You can ensure that your hot water heater lasts as long as possible by scheduling regular hot water tank maintenance to ensure that it is in top working condition. Leduc plumbing services companies can help by providing Service Partner Plans and scheduled yearly water heater maintenance.

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  • What is the most energy-efficient hot water system?

    Tankless water heaters are the most energy-efficient hot water systems on the market. In fact, tankless water heaters can be approximately 35% - 80% more efficient than traditional hot water tanks. 

    Tankless hot water heaters can be powered by electricity or gas. However, gas-powered tankless heaters are more efficient. In addition to being more energy-efficient, tankless water heaters cost less to operate (up to 50% less than traditional hot water tanks) and last longer (up to double the lifetime).

    The plumbing professionals at ProSolutions PHAC recommend the following high-efficiency tankless water heater:

    Noritz EZ111 (Gas Powered)

    Please note: Although tankless water heaters are the most energy-efficient hot water system, they are not for everyone. Our guide to tankless water heaters can help you decide if a tankless heater is the best option for your home.

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  • How long does it take to get hot water after installing a new water heater?

    The amount of time it takes to get hot water from a new water heater depends on the size and type of hot water heater. A properly and professionally installed gas hot water heater will provide hot water most quickly. An average 40-gallon heater will only take about 30 to 40 minutes to provide heat water, while you can expect hot water from a larger tank (80-gallons) in approximately 60 to 70 minutes. Electric hot water tanks, on the other hand, will take a little longer. For an average 40-gallon electric heater it will take about 60 to 80 minutes and for an 80-gallon tank about 2 hours.

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  • Can you run out of hot water with a tankless water heater?

    You can’t run out of hot water with tankless water heaters - unless, of course, the power supply is off or goes out. However, a tankless water heater can have trouble keeping up with demand if too many things require hot water all at once. For example, if several appliances are operating at the same time (the dishwasher, the laundry machine, etc.), and you go to have a hot shower, you may find that your tankless unit isn’t capable of providing enough hot water. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that you install a tankless water heater that has a large enough capacity to handle your demand for hot water.

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  • What’s the cost to install a water heater?

    In Edmonton, you can expect to pay approximately $1,500 - $2,500 for a new water heater to be installed. This estimate includes the price of a high quality hot water tank, as well as installation. Keep in mind, the cost to have a professional Edmonton plumbing services provider install a water heater in your home will depend on the complexity of the installation, and the hot water tank you choose to purchase. For a simple job in which one hot water tank is being replaced by a new tank of the same type, the labour costs will not be too high. However, if you are having a hot water heater installed in a new location or in a home that does not currently have one, you will be looking at a more difficult job and therefore a higher price.

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Looking for a bigger upgrade? Our plumbers can also help you add even more comfort an efficiency to your home with a tankless water heater installation.