Water Heaters

Hot water heaters are more cut-and-dry than boilers, as they have just one job: heat potable water. This water is then used for showers, washing machines, to wash dishes, and more.

Water heaters are an essential part of any household in Ottawa, providing hot water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing. However, just like any other appliance, water heaters can experience problems and require repairs or maintenance to function optimally. The following includes important points regarding water heater repair and maintenance in Ottawa and why you should hire a professional for these services.

  1. Improved Efficiency: Over time, buildup and deposits can form in the tank of your water heater, reducing its efficiency and causing it to use more energy to heat water. Regular maintenance can help remove these deposits, improving the efficiency of your water heater and reducing your energy bills.
  2. Avoid Costly Breakdowns: Neglecting to repair or maintain your water heater can lead to costly breakdowns and the need for early replacement. Regular maintenance can help identify and address small problems before they become bigger and more expensive to fix, helping you avoid costly breakdowns and prolong the lifespan of your water heater.
  3. Improved Safety: Water heaters can be a potential fire hazard, especially if they are not functioning correctly. Regular maintenance can help ensure that your water heater is functioning safely, reducing the risk of leaks, fires, and other hazards.
  4. Extended Lifespan: Regular maintenance can help prolong the lifespan of your water heater, reducing the need for early replacement and saving you money in the long run.

In conclusion, water heater repair and maintenance is essential in Ottawa to ensure reliable hot water, improved efficiency, and improved safety. If you need help with the repair or maintenance of your water heater in Ottawa, give us a call for reliable and safe services.

Installation of Water Heaters in Ottawa

Water heater installation is a complex process that requires a professional to ensure proper installation and avoid potential hazards. When installing a water heater in Ottawa, the following steps should be followed:

  1. Assess Your Hot Water Needs: Before installing a water heater, it’s important to assess your household’s hot water demands. This will help you choose the right size and type of water heater that is best suited for your needs.
  2. Choose the Right Location: The location of the water heater is crucial for its efficiency and safety. A professional can help you choose the right location for your water heater, considering factors such as accessibility, proximity to hot water outlets, and potential hazards.
  3. Prepare the Site: The site where the water heater will be installed must be prepared before the installation. This includes ensuring that the site is level, cleaning the area, and checking for any potential hazards.
  4. Install the Water Heater: The installation process will vary depending on the type of water heater you choose. We will ensure that the water heater is installed properly, connected to the water and gas supply, and securely attached to the wall or floor.
  5. Test and Commission: After the installation is complete, the technician will test the water heater to ensure that it is functioning properly and make any necessary adjustments.

Different Types Of Water Heaters

  • Conventional

    Conventional hot water heaters have a tank where water is stored and heated, either using gas or electricity. Fresh, cold water enters through the bottom of the tank, and is heated to a specific temperature where it remains ready for use.

  • Tankless

    Tankless hot water heaters, also known as “on-demand” water heaters, heat water very quickly, which makes up for not having any hot water stored. What’s more, they require less space.

  • Atmospheric Vent

    With this system, fuel is heated and it warms the water. The pressure of the combustion pushes excess gas upwards and out of your chimney. Enough fuel must remain in the tank once the water is heated to allow enough pressure to push these gases upwards and out. The biggest advantage of this kind of venting is that no electricity is needed, so the water will still heat even if the power goes out.

  • Power Vents

    These water heaters use a fan to push the excess gases through the venting pipes and outside. Because they use a fan, the gases are not as hot as those in older tanks, and a lighter, plastic-type of pipe can be installed. Power venting heaters are more energy-efficient because all the fuel that is used goes to heating the water. The use of the fan allows for a more consistent pressure to push the dangerous gases out of your home, so there is less chance of something going wrong to cause an explosion.


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