We are now installing Rheem Energy Star hot water tanks. These tanks have an Energy Factor (EF) of 0.69 for the 40 gallon model, which puts them ahead of most other Energy Star models (which are usuly rated .67 or .68). They are about 10% more efficient than standard new hot water tanks (which are usually rated at 0.62) and up to 25% more efficient than older tanks (which can be rated at 0.53 or less).
Rheem also includes a 6 year parts warranty on functional components, in addition to their 8 year warranty against tank leakage. Most other water heaters only have a 1 year warranty on parts.
When you install a new Energy Star hot water tank, FortisBC will give you a $200 rebate. This program has just been extended until December 31st, 2013.
Right now, we also have an online special where you can save an additional $130 on a new Energy Star hot water tank (subject to end at any time).
Also note that FortisBC rebates of $400-$500 on tankless water heaters and $1000 on condensing storage tanks are available. Learn more about these systems on our tankless water heaters post.
When is it time to replace your old hot water tank?
With some home insurance companies, if your hot water tank is over 8 years old, any water damage caused by leakage will not be covered. So this is when you should start to consider replacement. We estimate tanks last for 11 years on average (although this varies considerably).
To schedule your hot water tank installation, call 604 GOOD GUY (604 466 3489) or use our online form.