Hot Water

The following are important points to note when choosing a new hot water heater:

Sizing: All pricing is based on size. When choosing the size of your new water heater, consider the number of people living in the house as well as their ages. We all know that teenagers use a lot of hot water!  As well, if you have an oversized bath tub it is better to move to the next size tank since the price difference is generally marginal in comparison to the size of the job.  Our estimators can help you decide on the tank that’s right for you.  Once a size is decided upon we can quote you a replacement cost over the phone.

Warranty: Hot water tanks come with various warranty lengths. If you are replacing yours due to failure, let us check first to see if it is still under warranty.  Simply call our office and provide us with the serial number and we will do the work for you.  The tanks we sell come with an 8 year warranty.  We feel this is the right combination between the quality of construction and risk vs. return. The tanks with the longer warranties are not built differently; they simply have the added cost of an extended warranty built into the manufacturers’ price. Our installation workmanship is guaranteed for one year.

Efficiency:  Is high efficiency right for you?  Check the price difference and available rebates.

At R&B we are confident in the following brands:  Bradford White, John Wood, Rheem / Ruud.

The main time to consider replacing the tank is when it is 8 to 10 yrs old and definitely after 10 years.

The short answer is in the range of $3000 – $4000 depending on size, efficiency and the installation / venting required. Contact our office for your free quote for a specific amount for your application.

On demand water heaters are rated on the flow rate in gallons per minute (gpm).  The amount of flow per minute depends on the temperature of the incoming water and the size of the unit.  This matters when choosing the right size of unit for your home.  Our experienced staff will evaluate the approximate water usage that would be required and likelihood of one or more draws at one time.  It is also important to think about the size of the home and the potential capacity that could be needed.  Even if there are only 2 people in the 4 bedroom house, you should still choose a unit that can service a large family.  Since the initial start up costs can be significantly more than a conventional tank, it’s not something you want to be upgrading as your family grows.

The burner in an on-demand heater uses a 200,000 BTU burner where a hot water tank will use a 35,000 BTU burner.  This allows it to quickly heat the water as it passes through the system.

Yes! Tankless hot water heaters can generate an endless supply of hot water.  Since there is no holding tank there is nothing to “empty” and you are limited only by the demands on your time.   While a hot water tank will usually satisfy a long hot shower or the filling of a soaker tub, anyone who comes after will have to wait.  With a tankless system there is no waiting for replenishment, and no running out.

Many times a hot water tank can be repaired within a regular service call. Even if you see leaking, don’t panic, it can often be from a replaceable part. They are as efficient today as they were 5 years ago, and usually worth repairing if they aren’t too old.  Consider replacing the tank when it is 8 to 10 yrs old, and definitely after 10 years.

A HWT service can improve the life and efficiency of the tank. Repair or maintenance, our standard time and material rates would apply. If we come to repair your tank and it needs replacement, the charge of the service call will be deducted from the cost of the new installation.

Not for residential use. If you are looking for something bigger than your average tank, it can be achieved using domestic products. If you are looking at commercial sizes so you aren’t running out of hot water, an on-demand system might be the right choice for you.

This is usually due to a sediment build-up in your tank. As water heaters grow older, they accumulate sediment and lime deposits. If these deposits are not removed periodically, the sediment will create a barrier between the burner and the water, greatly reducing the water heater’s performance level. The result is an increase in the amount of fuel required to deliver hot water.

Did you know that a gas fired hot water tank will benefit from an annual service just like your furnace or boiler? Gas services can improve efficiencies and often detect deterioration of the tank before the disaster of a burst tank.

If your hot water heater doesn’t seem to be working as well, this would be a good time to get a service.

Your hot water system, be it tank or on-demand, should be professionally serviced once per year.  It is a good idea to combine the service with that of your other heating appliances to save money and make remembering easy.  Ask to be put on our reoccurring maintenance schedule.

Hot water is one of the top three energy consumers in your household. It makes sense to keep it running as efficiently as possible. Safety checks and cleaning are part of a good plan to ensure longevity of service, as well as prevention of faults and failure.

Although each type of heater has slightly different servicing needs there are commonalities such as:

Inspection and cleaning of exterior unit including gas and water lines and fittings.

Inspection and cleaning of interior of unit, gas ignition system and flame quality.

Testing of safety devices.

Clearing and maintenance of air flows and exhaust.

Cleaning of filters.

Checking settings and ensuring optimal operation is achieved.

Record tank model and serial number for our warranty records

If the tank is less than five years old we will flush out the sediments by draining some water off the bottom of the tank.  If the tank is older than five years old it is not our practice to perform this type of maintenance as we have found it can cause the tank to fail prematurely. If there is an expansion tank we will service that as well.

All service is done in accordance with the requirements of the service manual for the product and the best standards of the industry.

When the heat is off in the house, the boiler will still heat the domestic hot water. In the winter it does double duty.

This is heat exchange system that uses the warmer ambient air of the furnace room to heat the domestic hot water. These tend to be more efficient in the summer than in the winter.

Please note that there are requirements for minimum room sizing for the tanks to operate properly and efficiently.  If you are interested in this type of system, call our office to arrange to speak with our specialist.