FortisBC Energy Star Water Heater Program
When you install a tankless water heater with an EF above 0.90, FortisBC will give you $1000 back. Or you can get $200 back when you install an Energy Star hot water tank. Conditions apply. See our water heater rebates page for details.
Hot Water Tanks
We install Bradford White hot water tanks. They are among the most reliable hot water tanks made, and come with a 6 year warranty against leaks. They conform to the latest energy standards, with an Energy Factor of 0.62 (for the 40 gallon gas model). Learn more on our hot water tanks page. We install both gas and electric tanks at a competitive rate. Call 604 GOOD GUY (604 466 3489) to schedule your replacement today.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters (also know as instant or on-demand water heaters), which have long been common in Europe and Japan, are now growing in popularity in North America. This is because they can supply and endless stream of hot water, use less energy than a hot water tank, and are made to last 20+ years.
Navien NPE Tankless Water Heater
Endless supply of hot water
A tankless water heater creates hot water as you use it, and never runs out. Some units are made to supply one shower at a time, with outputs of 75 to 140k Btu. Those who want to be sure there will not be a shortage of hot water while running two showers/ washing machines/ hot water taps simultaneously should opt for a 140-225k Btu model.
As of September 1st, 2010, all water heaters sold in BC must have an energy factor (EF) above 0.62. This means that, for a house with a average hot water consumption of 64 gallons/day, 62% of the heat created will be used an 38% will be wasted. Most older tanks have EFs below 0.60. According to a recent study, tankless water heaters reduce energy costs by an average of 46%. The energy savings can be up to $150 per year. Tankless units use less energy because of their more efficient heat exchangers and because heat is not lost while hot water is stored.
Tankless units also have much longer lives than hot water tanks. Most hot water tanks now have 8 year warranties and have steel (not stainless steel) tanks which rust through in about 12 years, while tankless units usually have copper or stainless steel heat exchangers and may last for 20 years or more.
When a steel tank rusts over the years until it finally leaks, pounds of rusty dust gradually enter the hot water supply. A thick layer of mineral scale also builds up in the storage tank over the years, reducing efficiency, and hot water sitting in the tank is an ideal breading ground for bacteria. A tankless unit does not have these problems.
How much do tankless water heaters cost?
Tankless water heaters start at about $5200 (or $4200 after a $1000 FortisBC rebate), including installation. This is for a high efficiency, high capacity system. Lower efficiency, lower capacity units may be available for less. However, we rarely install these, as we find most homeowners who are concerned about the higher cost of a tankless system are better off installing a new hot water tank instead. Tankless systems are more expensive than tanks because of the higher cost of the unit as well as the need to install the new venting and piping required by these units.
Good Guys Plumbing & Heating: Your top choice for water heater installations
Installing a tankless water is a much more complex process than installating a hot water tank, and it is important that the installers have the necessary expertise.
At Good Guys Heating Cooling & Plumbing our weekly technical training ensures our installers are up to date on tankless technology. Our tankless water heater installers have completed training programs specifically related to these units, and we allow them to spend the time they need to get the job done right.
Call 604 GOOD GUY (604 466 3489) for more information or to schedule a free quote on a tankless water heater installation. Or fill out our online schedule quote form.