Tank Water Heaters
Tank water heaters are the most common way for Calgary homeowners to heat water. They are both a reliable and economic way to heat your water. Typical residential tanks range between 40 and 60 gallons. Typical temperature setting is 120°F, this can be adjusted on the unit.
The energy used to warm water is a very small part of your gas bill. For this reason it does not always make sense to replace a tank water heater with a more efficient tankless water heater.
Home renovations and upgrades sometimes also require a larger water heater. Replacing an existing water heater with a new larger tank heater is very cost effective, keeping labour costs to a minimum.
Tank water heaters normally have a useable capacity of 70%. Meaning that a 40 gallon tank actually holds 28 gallons of ready to use hot water. A large demand for hot water in the home, like 3 or 4 showers in a row may cause the unit to run out of hot water. When this happens, your family will have to wait for the unit to re-heat the water.
A tank water heater will run even when there is no demand for hot water. That is because it is maintaining the temperature of the water in the tank.
Rike plumbing will help you size the proper water heater to meet your family’s needs. We consider the size of your family, in Calgary we also consider the incoming water temperature. Colder water at intake takes longer to heat up.
Rike plumbing deals with several local wholesalers and can source several brands including John Wood and Rheem water heaters. We’ll use our experience to help you select the unit that will best fit your needs.