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What to Expect When Buying a Hot Water Heater

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Home Comfort, Hot Water Heaters, Water Heater Installation

Purchasing a new water heater is a significant home investment that impacts your daily comfort and utility costs. Whether you’re replacing an old unit or installing one in a new home, understanding what to expect can help you make an informed decision. In today’s blog, you’ll learn what to expect with a new water heater installation from Action Furnace, and how we’ll help you make the most informed decision to fit your needs.


Posted by Ryan | February 21, 2024

Purchasing a new hot water heater is a significant home investment that impacts your daily comfort and utility costs. Whether you’re replacing an old unit or installing one in a new home, understanding what to expect can help you make an informed decision.

In today’s blog, the team at Action Furnace will cover everything from choosing the right model to our installation process and the importance of regular maintenance.Action Furnace is leading the way in installation techniques and has perfected the design and set-up of modern residential hot water tanks. Give us a call today!

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Understanding the Different Types of Water Heaters

Before buying, it’s important to get familiar with the different types of water heaters commonly available.

The experienced Comfort Advisors at Action Furnace are well versed in all major makes and models of water heaters, and we’re here with you every step of the way to ensure you get the best unit for your needs.

Storage Tank Water Heaters

Storage tank models are the most common type of water heater in Alberta homes. Typically powered by gas or electricity, these heaters have an insulated tank where water is heated and stored until needed. Tanked water heaters are usually cheaper to install, and easier to maintain and repair than their tankless counterparts.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are considered the hip new kid on the block, and they are becoming increasingly popular here in Alberta. These models heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit where it’s heated by a gas burner or an electric element. This allows for a continuous supply of instant heated water.

While more expensive to install up front, tankless models are also more energy-efficient than traditional tank heaters which will save you money on your utility bills each month.

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Factors to Consider When Choosing a Water Heater

Here are some other important factors to consider when purchasing and installing a new hot water heater.

  • Fuel type – The fuel source you choose may depend on the availability of gas or electricity in your area and the relative cost of each energy source. In Alberta natural gas tends to be the most cost efficient option, but feel free to call our team and we can suggest the best fuel source for your specific needs.
  • Size -To provide your household with enough hot water and to maximize efficiency, you need a properly sized water heater. When you call Action Furnace, our experienced Comfort Advisors will get a firm understanding of the number of people in the household, as well as their consumption needs.
  • Energy Efficiency – Look for models that offer the best energy efficiency within your budget to save on future utility bills.
  • Cost – Consider both the initial purchase price and the long-term operating costs.

Installation Expectations

Water heater installation can be complex, and it’s typically best handled by a professional. When you call Action Furnace, you know that we’ll do everything we can to help make the water heater installation process as smooth as possible.

Our team follows a careful process to ensure your hot water tank will be installed correctly. This process may include:

  • Running new gas or water lines.
  • Connecting the hot water heater to your existing plumbing.
  • Ensuring that the system is properly vented.
  • Testing the system once the installation is complete.

We’ve also built the only dedicated water heater customer experience support team in Alberta. We’re with you every step of the way and can answer any questions you may have about your new system. And our dedication doesn’t end once you’ve purchased your new water heater, if you’re ever in need of maintenance and repair, we’re here to help you with that too!

We send only the most friendly, well-trained and highly skilled technicians to your home. Our technicians are required to complete a comprehensive training and apprenticeship program, and are well versed in customer satisfaction. They are respectful of you and your home, and we promise to leave the installation area cleaner than we found it. We’ll even take away and responsibly dispose of your old water heater!

Contact us today to learn more.

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The Importance of Annual Maintenance

Regular maintenance can significantly extend the life of your water heater and improve its efficiency. This includes tasks like flushing the tank to remove sediment, checking the anode rod, and inspecting and tightening the connections. 

That’s why Action Furnace is proud to offer our Total Comfort Club Membership to help make water heater maintenance easier. For one low monthly price, your annual maintenance will be prescheduled. You’ll receive an annual WOW! tune-up and front-of-the-line priority service, 50% all diagnostic fees, and 10% off future water heater repairs. Contact us today to learn more!

Trust Action Furnace For Your New Water Heater Installation Service

Buying a new hot water heater is a decision that affects both your immediate comfort and long-term finances. By considering the type of water heater, energy efficiency, size, and installation requirements, the team at Action Furnace can help you choose a unit that meets your needs and expectations.

Our team has been performing HVAC services since 1975, so you can trust we have the experience to get the job done right. With thousands of 5-star reviews and comprehensive, up-front quotes, you can trust us to handle your water heater installation service professionally, and be transparent about the work involved.

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Written by Ryan Tutak

Ryan is considered one of Calgary's most knowledgeable residential HVAC specialists. Working in the industry for over 12 years, he's helped thousands of homeowners with their heating and cooling systems. Outside of running Calgary's most reputable HVAC business, you can find him on the Golf course practicing his short game or traveling with his family. His main goal is to create a positive collaborative culture, one in which his employees are excited to come in and are motivated to work hard. He spends the majority of his day working directly with Home Comfort Advisors, Service and Maintenance Technicians, and Customer Service Representatives ensuring they are fully prepared to lead the Home Service Industry in Customer Service.

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