Water Heater Installation and Repair

A hot water heater isn't a luxury - it's essential to your basic home comfort. If your current water heater isn't working like it used to, or if it has failed completely, it's time to contact Three Points Plumbing and Heating without delay. We eill dispatch the most qualified licensed technicians in the Lower Mainland to get you up and running again.

Delivering hot water on demand isn't your water heater's only job - the best models also save you money. After your climate control equipment, your hot water heater is typically the biggest energy user in your home, which means an inefficient unit can really cost you. If you want to learn about how much you can save on utility costs by upgrading your water heater, call Three Points today and let our technical team explain your options!

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We are committed to providing our Alberta customers with as much hot water as they need – whenever they need it. We can help prevent those unbearably cold showers before they happen. And if you're already experiencing problems with your water heater, we can fix it.

Every Hot Water Tank Make and Model

Boilers can be used to operate and heat radiators, radiant in-floor heating, air handlers and domestic hot water tanks. A boiler is a highly versatile and efficient heating system. Many new home construction contractors prefer installing these hot water heating systems to traditional furnaces, because of the balanced heat they create and the space they save.

Water heaters are responsible for heating your water and supplying it to household fixtures and appliances, such as dishwashers, showers, and more. Every home uses their hot water supply differently, some have integrated boilers systems, there are standalone tanks and tankeless systems too.

In addition to water heaters we also service and install:

There are five main styles of water heater available and each one has its benefits and potential drawbacks. Here’s a little bit about each style of water heater:

Conventional Storage Tank Water Heater

This style of water heater features a tank that holds water to be heated. This means that the capacity of the tank determines how much hot water you have available at once. The tank is insulated so that when the water heats up, it remains warm until it is needed. This tank features two valves, the temperature control valve, and the pressure control valve.

The temperature control valve opens to release heat and moderate temperature when the water reaches over 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The pressure release valve opens to lower the pressure when it reaches about 150 psi. This is the most common type of water heater among family homes, but you are limited to how much hot water you can hold. If your tank is too small or you need an excessive amount of hot water one day, you may run out and have to wait for the next tank to be heated.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater, as you can probably guess, has no tank. Instead, there are super-heated coils that fill with water and heat water in a flash as you need it, which is why it is alternatively known as an on-demand water heater. This is great for heating water quickly, even for large families who need a large amount of hot water at once.

This style of water heater comes in different sizes, and you do need to ensure that you have the right size for your household, as a smaller tankless water heater will not be able to keep up with your water usage otherwise and it will result in lukewarm or cold water. These models work well in homes that use natural gas to power their water heater, but larger models require a larger gas line and more gas to run correctly. Larger tankless hot water heaters that run on electricity may require you to increase the electricity capacity of your home, which could be costly.

Heat Pump Water Heater

This style of water heater is unique in that is uses heat in the air and in the ground to heat water. This means that electricity is only used to move heat from the ground or air to the water, instead of the alternative where electricity is used to generate heat. Heat pump water heaters can use up to 60 percent less electricity than traditional styles of water heaters. Because the pump is on the top, you may need quite a bit of room for this water heater, sometimes up to eight feet of vertical clearance.

Solar Powered Water Heater

This style of water heater may be the most energy-efficient of them all and relies on roof-mounted solar panels as its energy source. The energy is transferred to a closed loop system containing a heat-conductive material, which then heats the water in the tank. This can save lots of money on sunny days and works particularly well for those who live in warm, sunny climates. However, this system often requires a backup plan, such as natural gas or electricity, so that the water heater can continue to run on cloudy days.

Condensing Water Heater

The condensing water heater may be the absolute best option if your family’s home uses primarily natural gas as its energy source. This type of water heater funnel heated exhaust from the natural gas system and uses it to heat the water, which is held in a tank much like the conventional version of the water heater. The gas fumes funnel through a coil placed at the bottom of the tank to heat the water. Therefore, very little energy is used (aside from gas already burned elsewhere, like by your oven or heater) to heat the water for your home. It is a tank style water heater, so you will need to be sure to purchase one large enough for your family size.

Water Heater Repair Questions

If your water heater isn’t properly maintained it can breakdown unexpectedly and put the warmth and comfort of your family at risk. When it comes to the safe performance of your boiler, regular maintenance and repairs are even more important. If your water tank is allowed to rust, corrode, or experience any other prolonged technical difficulties it can put the safety of you and your family at risk. A faulty water heater can lead to the creation of dangerous carbon monoxide, which can be deadly if allowed to fill your home.

There are several signs that will help you determine when it’s time to repair your water heater, including:

  • The water tank does not provide enough hot water
  • Circuit breaker repeatedly trips the fuse (electric heater)
  • Tank is leaking water
  • Anode rod is thinning or coated with calcium
  • Water smells of rotten eggs
  • The tank makes noise
  • Heater won’t turn off and is constantly reheating the water
  • The end of the ventilation tube is black and sooty
  • The hot water storage tank is rusty

If you notice any of these problems the best course of action is to call an experienced Three Points technician to inspect your boiler and all of its related components. Three Points Plumbing and Heating's residential water heater repair and maintenance services are second to none, so when you call Three Points you’re guaranteed the results you want.

Don’t let a water heater malfunction hamper your family’s ability to enjoy your home, and don’t rely on an amateur handyman to diagnose and fix your heating issues.

Our technicians have expertise with all makes and models of HVAC systems. We can ensure your water heater is functional for years to come. Contact us today!