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Water Heaters

Just like every other appliance, your water heater has a lifespan. The average lifespan of a heater is between 8 to 12 years, but issues before that can create a more immediate need to replace it. When your heater is on its last legs, Precision Gas & Mechanical Inc. is here to help.

We have years of experience keeping the water heaters of North Vancouver functioning smoothly and, when the time comes, replacing them for new models.

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What is the Best Type of Water Heater?

When selecting your next water heater, you can consider several options to find the system most suited to your needs. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution; the ideal water heater depends on the size of your property, the amount of hot water you use, the available space, and your budget.

Some of the most popular options for residential water heaters include the following:

  • Tankless water heaters: These systems are highly efficient and provide hot water on demand, making them an excellent option for smaller households. However, they struggle to support high hot water demand and have higher upfront costs than other models.
  • Traditional tank heaters: These water heaters are the most affordable and suitable for larger households as they can store a lot of water. Unfortunately, they are less energy-efficient and typically have a shorter lifespan than tankless heaters.
  • Heat pump water heaters: Heat pump systems are extremely efficient and can significantly reduce your energy costs related to hot water. They, too, have high upfront costs but can last a long time and save you more money in the long run than other systems.
  • Solar water heaters: These systems are exceptionally environmentally friendly and cost-effective in areas with abundant sunlight. However, due to high installation costs and potential inconsistencies in direct sunlight on your property, you may need to invest in a backup system, which will cost you more than a traditional system.
  • Condensing water heaters: Condensing heater systems are highly efficient and are great for clients with high hot water demands. However, the upfront cost is significant when compared with conventional tank options.

How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

Most water heaters have a lifespan of around ten years. This can vary depending on several factors, and the type of water heating system you have will also impact its lifespan. For instance, tankless water heaters can last over two decades with proper maintenance, but without adequate upkeep and overuse, they can face many problems.

The most common factors influencing water heaters include water quality (hard vs soft water), frequency of use and maintenance, and installation location. Flushing your tank to remove sediment, checking the anode rod, and investing in regular inspections can help extend your system’s life and ensure you have plenty of hot water whenever you need it.

Precision Gas & Mechanical Inc.’s Services

At Precision Gas & Mechanical Inc., our talented team has years of experience installing new systems, providing annual maintenance, and replacing parts of water heaters to improve their efficiency. We go above and beyond to support your needs and have a proven track record of friendly, exceptional service.

Here’s what you can expect from us:

  • Water heater installation
  • Water heater repair
  • Water heater maintenance
  • Water heater inspections

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand heaters, are extremely popular due to their energy efficiency and compact design. Unlike traditional tank heaters, tankless units heat water as needed and can be installed in small spaces, making them an excellent option for clients with limited square footage. Tankless systems have a long lifespan and save you money and energy by heating water only as it’s used in your appliances.

When to Replace Your Water Heater

When your unit starts to rattle and clank, leak all over the floor or fail to heat water properly, it might be time to upgrade. It's important to remember that it always pays to replace your heater before it fails completely, so here are a few things to look out for:

Rusty water.

Rusty water is a sign that your water heater is decaying internally. Rust seriously damages the heater's integrity, and is a typical warning sign that leaks are just around the corner.

Pools of water.

If there's standing water around your unit, it's time for a new one.

Excessive noise.

That annoying rattling noise indicates your heater is suffering from sediment buildup, meaning it's less efficient. The constant banging can also lead to cracks, which lead to leaks.

Not enough hot water

This could be due to a problem with the heating elements or because of loose wiring in the heating unit.

Foul smell

This is caused by an increased number of bacteria in the tank. The solution to this is usually to simply flush the tank.

Exceeding its life expectancy.

Heaters are only meant to last for so long, so if yours has had a long life it could be time for a new model.

Water Heater Repair Service in North Vancouver

Most water heater issues do not require replacements, only repairs. When we come to inspect your water heater we will explain exactly what needs to be done and why, so that you know you are getting only the services you need.

In homes that are north of the equator, water heaters are not a luxury item - they are a necessity. Whether you own a home or a business building, it is vital that your unit continues to function properly always. When something is that important, it is imperative that you have a company you can trust that is available all times to deal with any major issues. At Precision Gas & Mechanical Inc., we are able to provide 24-hour emergency or scheduled repair services, as well as regular scheduled maintenance. Our team of talented mechanical contractors pride themselves on their ability to consistently provide high quality services to each one of our North Vancouver customers.

HVAC Services

If your water heater is 10 years or older then it is almost certainly time to get a new one. Modern water heaters are more than 20% more efficient than older models.

If you are looking to have the water heater in your North Vancouver property repaired or replaced, we can help. We will provide you with an in-depth assessment of what the problem is and exactly how we can fix it.

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