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Is time for a new hot water heater, and you’re worried about the cost? Perhaps you don’t know how to begin searching for a new one? A tankless water heater could be the solution you need.

Why Choose a Tankless Water Heater?

Most Ottawans don’t know what a tankless water heater is or how it works.  Even fewer are familiar with the advantages it has over the traditional style. Key benefits of a tankless water heater include:

  • Unlimited supply of hot water. A traditional water heater tank has to fill up then heat water.  A tankless water heater warms water immediately and directly through the flow.  You don’t have to cut your showers short or worry about more than one shower running at the same time.
  • Saves Space. A tankless water heater is an efficient solution when you don’t have much room.  It can fit neatly on a wall, or in a closet.
  • Money Saving. Tankless water heaters require much less maintenance over its lifespan. They save energy costs by heating water as needed, compared to a tank heating water continuously.How Install a Tankless Water Heater by Yourself

How Install a Tankless Water Heater by Yourself

If you want to install a tankless water heater in Ottawa, you might be able to do it by yourself. With our steps, a brand-new tankless water heater in Ottawa should be within your capabilities.

Step 1: Clear out the older heater and clean up the area. Then you are ready to begin a brand-new installation.

“Out with the old …” like in any replacement project, the first thing you must do is clear out the old equipment so you have the space to make the new installation. Take out the outmoded water heater and clean up the area; before you can remove the heater, however, you’ll need to locate the water supply line so you can turn off the supply of water running into the heater that is installed. Keep in mind even after you drain all the water from the tank you might have some lingering in the pipe connecting to the heater: Use a small bucket to collect it and to prevent unnecessary spillage. Then unplug the water heater.

If you are dealing with a heater that relies on gas, you’ll need to turn off the gas valves before proceeding. Most importantly, following the heater’s removal, you will need to dispose of the old unit. Make sure you find out the law in your area pertaining to how to dispose of the unit. 

Step 2: Even if you have a gas line supply in place, swap it out for an entirely new gas line to ensure you’ve got a flawless set up and you won’t have to worry about safety issues.

“In with the new …” When you decide where you will install a brand new tankless heater to heat the household water, the installation must follow the install of brand new lines for your gas supply. Yes, you might be able to reuse the lines you already have installed, but you will likely have to install T and valve in the line. You will also need to put in a stainless steel, corrugated supply line to swap out the old with the new. 

Step 3: Remove the existing water lines and put in new ones as well; an entirely new set up is just what you need to feel confident about the entire installation.

 After the gas line install, and working backward, now you can install the new pipe that will supply water to the unit. Flux-coated copper wires, which are soldered to make a long pipe out of separate sections. The water pipes must be put into position and to keep them where you want them, you must use bell-hanger brackets: This keeps the pipes elevated and away from the walls as well.

Step 4: Here it is time to take the tankless water heater and to mount it.                                            

 After you’ve finished installing the lines and pipes bring gas and water to the soon-to-be installed heater, the actual tankless heater install comes next. You will be installing this heater on a wall. If you are into do-it-yourself projects or you have the experience to do so, you can create a special platform where you can mount the tankless water heater.

Step 5: Hook up the heater to the gas and water supply.

Following the install of the tankless water heating unit, you will now have to reconnect the water supply and the gas lines and he water shut off valves. You will need a wrench to make sure you tighten up the connections correctly. If the connections are not tightened enough, both water and gas can leak out: Not a situation you want to deal with! In some cases, if you connect the water supply to the heater you may have to do some additional soldering of the pipes.

Step 6: Attach any additional parts and turn on your tankless water heater.

Some tankless water heaters have additional parts and accessories that will require install: This is done only after the basic installation is completed. Once installed, you can add the vent piping or other special parts that come included with the unit. After the install, you will want to buy insulation pads, in the shape of pre-cut cylindrical tubes with a hole in the center and a slit running down one side so you can wrap it around your hot water pipes. You must turn on the gas supply, water, and plug in the heater to begin using the unit.

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5 Signs That It Is Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Water heaters are designed to be efficient and reliable, but like all man-made appliances, they have a limited lifespan. Eventually, everyone must ask themselves whether they should replace or repair water heaters. At Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services, we recommend looking out for these signs to determine whether you must change the local hot water heater.

Age of the heater

Most water heaters can last for around 10-15 years before they must be replaced. Experts will generally recommend a replacement after 10 years, though a well-maintained appliance can last a little longer. Gas water heaters have a shorter lifespan, lasting only for 6-8 years before requiring replacement. Older heaters are more prone to develop problems, break down, and consume excessive electricity.

Rusty water tank

Spotting rust in a local hot water heater in Ottawa can be challenging because sometimes it is only present in pipes leading up to a heater and not in it. Check your pressure release or water inlet carefully for signs of rust. If there’s a splattering of rust around it, the tank might also be rusted. You can also drain water in it and check whether water still comes out rusty after two or three buckets. If it does, your tank must be replaced as there’s no way real way to repair it, especially if it is old.

Odd noises from the heater

Odd noises are also a sign of trouble. This usually happens because of sediment build-up, which can harden into a thick layer. This layer will erode your tank, damaging it permanently. While this damage can be stopped if caught early, there’s no alternative but to replace a tank after sediment has settled completely. Such heaters consume more electricity, don’t heat water efficiently, and will eventually cause extensive leaks.

The water doesn’t heat sufficiently

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Insufficient heating is a common problem. It can happen because of a malfunctioning thermostat, broken heating element, or small tank size. Repairing or replacing a thermostat or fix a heating element is easy. But if the tank is too small for your home, there’s no choice but to invest in a replacement.


Leaking is generally a sign that your local hot water heater is just too old. Regular hot/cold cycles expand and contract metal, which becomes damaged over time. Once its physical integrity is compromised, you have no choice but to replace it.

If you want to know more about our services related to the local hot water heater in Ottawa, don’t hesitate to contact us at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing, which has a badge as one of the 6 best water heater services in Ottawa from “Best in Ottawa” guide!

What To Consider Before Hiring A Water Heater Repair Services Company

Water heaters can be rather complex to deal with – a water heater repair service is not the same across the board. Sometimes these companies do not have the same licensed and technical training that other service professionals have. This is why it is important that before you select water heater repair service, you know about the best ways to select the company that matches up with your needs.

Factor #1 – Price

It would be crazy for us to suggest that price does not matter; you should not have to get a second mortgage just to be able to pay for your water heater repair service. If you do find an estimate that seems ‘too good to be true’, it probably is. You probably end up paying much more because of hidden fees and other factors that they conveniently left out during the first bidding phase. Quality water heater repair service is going to cost you money, but it should be a fair price that you pay for it.

Factor #2 – Experience

When trying to find a water heater repair service company, you want a company that has experience at that type of job. You get better quality work when you have a more experienced technician. Do not allow someone who does not know what they are doing to work on your water heater.

Factor #3 – Certification

Even though most water heater repair service professionals do not need the same training as say a plumber does, it does require them to have certifications. It is important that you make sure that the professional that someone sends over is actually certified to replace or repair your water heater. Otherwise, it could be a messy situation.

Factor #4 – Reputation

You will be able to find about the different reputations online by using the Internet. Do not allow some poorly reviewed water heater repair service By doing some research online you are going to be able to find a company that delivers excellent service every single time that they are called upon.

If you make sure that you follow the steps that we mentioned above, you know that you are going to find a water heater repair service company that is able to offer you a great repair service at a fair price.

What Can You Expect When You Choose Dr. Pipe for The Installation?

When you call Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services, we will give you our best service.  Qualified and licensed professionals will professionally install your tankless water heater quickly.  We also give our customers:

  • A fair and honest quote.
  • Products and installations that are efficiently designed to reduce maintenance and other risks.
  • The flexibility of options for indoor installation.
  • Solutions perfect for small spaces.
  • A team of bonded and insured professional tradesmen, with all of our licenses and certifications up to date.
  • Clean and restored workspaces so that you and your family can resume living in your home.

Why Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services?

Many companies offer licensed plumbers, but Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services also offers respect for your home and your time as our standard.  This means from the time you call us, we are committed to making your entire experience as customer friendly as possible.  We coordinate times that work with your schedule, and call when we’re on our way.  Our plumbers keep our areas neat and covered while working.  In our projects, we use the most appropriate solutions to work quickly and efficiently.

Our strengths do not only lie in plumbing.  We can also help navigating the insurance companies and city red tape.  You will receive all the necessary permits for our jobs.  We will guide you through the City of Ottawa rebates for which you qualify.

Our customers love us, and our work is the best quality.  Stop by our testimonials page, then give us a call for a free, no-obligation quote for water heater repair in Ottawa.

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