Top 5 : Best 2017 Water Heaters on the market in Quebec!

18 September 2017,
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What are the best 5 water heaters on the market?)

You suddenly find yourself in ice-cold water and your water heater is to blame?  Let’s manage to secure a good replacement. A lot of factors need to be taken into account in the shopping process. Too many  models available to choose from in the stores is causing you a headache? Which one will get your attention? Will there be a perfect model, one which will never break and will replace your old water heater forever? Of course not! Instead, we’ll analyze the pros and cons of popular models and we’ll recommend 5 of them.

20% of the Canadian energy consumption is used to power a water heater according to The Office of Energy Efficiency. You’ll save for years to come if you shop around for your hot water tank! This choice will definitely impact your budget. Take a few minutes to gather information on the many options available to you.

Today you’re freezing to death in your shower but perhaps, finally, tomorrow you’ll save on hot water!

But first, we need to understand the differences between the types of water heaters.

What are the different kinds of water heaters?)

What are the different kinds of water heaters?

 

Electric Water Heater

That kind of water heater is usually affordable and requires little maintenance. It’s very popular in Canada thanks to its easy installation and small build. It burns no fuel so its impact on the environment is lessened and it requires no ventilation. Be warned about a temperature drop if the area surrounding it gets colder. The quality of the internal coating determines the heat loss.

Hybrid

This water heater, more expensive than the others, will save you tons of money in the long run. It consumes 50% less energy than your standard electric water heater model. Often you’ll see the high-performance models sold over 1000$, but this amount should be repaid within 2 years and a half with the energy savings!

Gas Water Heater

More expensive than an electric water heater, the gas water heater reduces the costs if you use it on a daily basis. Its installation can be a difficult task if you don’t have the proper gas evacuation conduits. Its main advantage, it’s completely autonomous from the electric system. No power outage can stop it! It has no filters to clean so it’s an easy maintenance. Any toxic odor detected stops the system immediately for security purposes.

Propane Water Heater

Unpopular, the propane water heater is great for users who aren’t connected to a gas public network and wish for the gas water heater energy efficiency. The advantages for this water heater speak for themselves. But it’s not all. There are water heaters with tank or tankless. The latter is more environment-friendly but it will cost you more at first. Here are the differences between the 2 types!

With or without a tank?)

Tank Type or Tankless?

 

Tank Type Water Heater

It’s the model you can find anywhere. It’s tall, stocks water and elements heat it occasionally. Using water starts the automatic filling of the tank. The temperature is constantly verified. If it gets colder, the system fires up the element to preserve the heat. Do not install this hot water tank in a cold room. Even though the tank isolation stores much more heat nowadays, the heat loss is significant enough to increase your utility bills. It’s high energy consumption but low price will make you think twice in the choosing process. If you wish to procure it, go for the high-performance models, you could benefit from a decrease in your energy bills.

Tankless (Demand-Type Water Heater)

This water heater is installed on a wall since it’s much smaller in stature. It looks like a small suitcase most of the time. It’s friendly to the environment because it only heats water when it’s needed thus you get energy savings of about 30%. However if there is a sudden hot water consumption, it will empty quickly. It uses either an electric element or a gas burner. Favor a gas water heater if you want to save on costs. It’s more appropriate for summer cottages or secondary houses because there is no wait time for the tank to fill itself. It must be emptied on an annual basis.

As we can see, each water heater type brings a different solution. Unless you want to change your actual system for energy-efficient reasons, go for the one you already own.

Eco energetic water heaters on the market.)

What about those energy-efficient models?

 

From solar energy systems to heat pumps, a vast array of choices lay before you. The Energy Factor (EF) is normally inscribed on your water heater. The higher the rating, the more you’ll save. It factors in the quality of the isolation, the heating element and the outlet. Sometimes you’ll glimpse the EnerGuide logo and label on your product which shows its annual energy consumption.

Solar Water Heater

First of all, the solar water heater is the cheapest energy-efficient choice. It captures and retains solar energy and transfers this heat to the water. Solar captors installed on some mere squared meters will do the trick! You can sometimes save up to 80% of your water consumption! Unfortunately, this system is not up to the task of resisting our Quebec winters so we’ll leave it to rest for now.

Hybrid Water Heater

The efficiency of the hybrid water heater is widely renowned. You realize 50% more savings than with a regular electric model since it generates more hot water per hour. On top of that, several models offer flexible modes which allow you to save more or pump more water. The EF for some of them rises up to 2.5!

Tankless Water Heater (Demand-Type Water Heater)

Several models can last over 20 years!  Several components are replaceable and can even be recycled as opposed to the ones with tanks. If you start looking for the best of them all, you’ll even find some hybrid models which can heat your house as well!

Geothermal Water Heater

This system pumps heat from the ground to transfer it to water and air. The savings are great but the installing cost is considerable.

 

Now that you are aware of the existing water heater models, let’s gauge the right size you need for your family’s needs.

Let’s choose our water heater size.)

Which water heater size should I choose?

Make sure to acquire a storage tank that contains enough water. Here’s a worksheet which will help you determine which size fits best your water consumption. Please note that if you select the bigger sizes, hot water will never be a problem but your energy bill will increase dramatically!

Number of occupants

 

Electric water heater size Gas water heater size
1 individual (1 adult) 50 litres 90 litres
2 individuals (1 adult + 1 child) 75 litres 90 litres
2 individuals (2 adults) 135 litres 90 litres
3 individuals (2 adults + 1 child) 180 litres 135 litres
4 individuals (2 adults + 2 children) 225 litres 180 litres
More 225 litres and more 225 litres and more

 

2017 Quebec Water Heater Prices for 40 and 60 gallons for the Giant, Rheem and Bradford White brands

 

Quebec 2017 Water Heater Prices

Rheem performance platinum

(50 gallons)

Giant

(60 gallons)

Bradford White

(60 gallons)

Giant

(40 gallons)

Rheem

(40 gallons)

Fuel gas electricity electricity electricity electricity
Warranty 12 years 6 years 6 years 8 years 6 years
Average Cost 950$ 500$ 690$ 450$ 350$

 

Apart from the model, the first hour rate (capacity) and the technology chosen, many more criteria affect the buying process of a water heater.

What is the most important criteria for a water heater?)

Most important criteria when choosing a water heater

 

First hour rate

For a tank type water heater, use the last worksheet for reference. For a tankless water heater, we recommend 3 gallons/minute for a lone individual. Add 3 gallons/minute for each water usage in the house. For example, if you use the hot-water faucet, the shower, the dishwasher and the washing machine at the same time, a 12 gallons/minute water heater would be recommended.

Recuperation Rate

The number of gallons heated per hour. Check on the tank itself, it should be mentioned.

Energy Efficiency

Even though most users don’t really take a look at statistics, you now understand its importance. If you shopped wisely, your monthly utility savings will easily repay your new water heater’s installation costs.

Tank Size

If space is limited, go for the tankless model. On the contrary, if you have enough room, the sky is the limit.

Fuel

Electricity or natural gas? Hybrid? You now know the differences. If you can afford it, go for the high-performance hybrid models.

Warranty

There’s a 6-year warranty for leaks on the standard models. Warranties of up to 8 and 12 years are a sure quality sign. Usually the warranty can be transferred from one owner to the next if the house is sold. Make sure to read the manual to find out if it’s possible.

 

You now know everything about your next acquisition. Let’s quickly cover the installation process.

How to install a water heater?)

Water Heater Installation

 

We highly recommend you to leave the installation to an expert on the matter. A small overlooked detail could bring about a catastrophe. A certified plumber will provide you with a warranty on his work in case something goes wrong. Furthermore, you’ll find that after buying all the material needed for the installation, the bill will essentially be the same.

Even a resourceful neighbour can make mistakes. Water damages can be pretty costly and amount to a few thousand dollars. Don’t take any chances, be smart and hire a professional to do the job.

DIY installation costs

If you still decide to install your new water heater by yourself, here’s a worksheet which shows the current costs on the market and the average time necessary to complete the job on your own (DIY method).

Steps Cost Time needed
Buying the water heater * 395$ 20 minutes of shopping
Installation material 100$ 45 minutes hardware store
Item Delivery 50$ 1 day
Installation 180$ 4 hours
TOTAL 725$ 1 day and 5 hours

*Average cost for a 40 or 60 gallons water heater

Please note that these are approximate prices. Many apartment building owners who have a lot of water heaters to install acquire the services of a plumber. They’re an efficient bunch who can help you save on costs and most of them complete the installation in less than an hour.

 

Where to install the water heater in your house?

You’ll avoid a lot of frustration if you follow these basic principles:

  • The floor must be stable, preferably straight.
  • The proximity of a free-flowing floor drain will ease your task
  • Your electric switchboard must be located nearby
  • For maximum efficiency, install it near your bathroom
  • If your water heater has a tank, make sure to install it in a heated room and not in a cold area to avoid as much heat loss as possible.

 

How do we install a tank type water heater?

A water heater installation doesn’t require a certified plumber under the law. We still recommend the services of an expert, but if you do have the knowledge and the skills to go forward with the installation, here are the steps to go through the process:

  • Cut the power supply line to avoid grave dangers
  • Shut off the main water supply
  • Drain the hot water from the tank
  • Remove the old tubing (some unscrewing will be necessary)
  • Remove the tank
  • Find the cold water line and sever it (beware not to sever the tubing too much)
  • Attach the relief valve to it
  • Screw it to the new water heater’s tank with a pipe wrench
  • There will be an opening left. Attach another tube with a valve in order to stop a water leak if it breaks down
  • It’s important to establish an emergency plan in case of a leak
  • Inspect all the joints for water leaks
  • Test the hot-water faucet and all the valves.
  • Now’s the time to complete the electric couplings

 

Preventive measures and Maintenance

In most cases, some quick verification steps can help extend your water heater’s life expectancy.

Some sediments will accumulate throughout time in your unit. Empty it once a year to clean the internal coating and add a few more years to its life span.

A sacrificial anode protects your tank from corrosion, make sure to replace it if it dies on you.

Check your safety valve on occasion. Using it should stop the water, if not, replace it.

The internal thermostat can break. Since this piece comes at a cheap price, the hardware store should be your destination.

2 elements are responsible for the water heating process. One is located on top and the other at the base of your unit. If one of them doesn’t work anymore, you’ll notice a considerable difference in hot water production. Fortunately, those pieces are not expensive.

 

Let’s compare 2 companies together! You’ll notice that these brands are quite different from one another. Comparing is truly important in order to make the right choice.

Differences between Bradford White and Giant.)

Bradford White vs Giant!

Bradford White and Giant Inc. are 2 big players in the water heater domain. Here are the main differences between the 2 brands:

Bradford White

Bradford White is constantly evolving and investing in new technologies. Their very own technology Hydrojet destroys sediments and maintains water temperature.

Their other technology Vitraglas protects the tank from the corrosive effects of hot water with an enamel lining.

Finally, the Defender Safety System stops the fire from exiting the combustion chamber.

For more details, consult our Bradford White page.

Giant Inc.

A manufacturer in all size water heaters, Giant Inc. also developed its own technologies to improve their product’s efficiency. The first one, named GREENFOAM, shields against heat loss. It’s a high quality eco-friendly foam insulation.

The ECOPEAK technology uses 3 elements instead of 2 to increase water heating efficiency in the tank.

For more details, consult our Giant Inc. page.

 

Now is the time to elect the big winners! Here are the best water heaters by categories (the Top 5 for the best water heaters in the great Montreal area will follow shortly).

Top five best water heaters of all types.)

Top 5 of the best Water Heaters (of all types)

 

A portable water heater, perfect for camping!

Model:                                  ECCOTEMP L5Eccotemp L5 a great water heater for the outdoors.)

Tank:                                    No

Gallons/minute:                1.4 (1 individual)

Fuel:                                     Propane

Weight:                               13.8 pounds

Height:                                14.5” x 11.5” x 4.5”

Watt:                                    11 KW

Maximum pressure:         80 PSI

Warranty:                           1 year

 

 

A hybrid water heater for up to 4 individuals!

Model:                                GE GeoSpring GEH50DFEJSR

Storage Tank:                   50 gallonsThe GE GeoSpring GEH50DFEJSR, hybrid water heater.)

Fuel:                                    Electricity, gas

Weight:                               88 kg

Height:                                56.5“ x 56.5” x 151 cm

EF:                                       2.4

First Hour Rate:                65 gallons

Savings:                               60% compared to the standard model

Warranty:                           10 years

 

This water heater is fantastic! It provides enough water for 4 family members. It’s Energy Star. A digital panel makes it easy to use. It’s possible to regulate the water temperature from afar with an app on your cell phone! (must be purchased separately). Talk about new technologies!

Its EF is 3.25, which represents energy savings of about 330$ annually. You can increase your consumption if you find that your unit isn’t productive enough.

 

It does the job. It’s a pretty effective middle player.

Model:                                 Rheem XE40M06ST45U1

Storage Tank:                   40 gallonsElectric water heater Rheem xe40m06st45u1.)

Fuel:                                    Electricty

Weight:                               109 lbs

Height:                                19“ x 19” x 63 5/8”

EF:                                        0.95

First Hour Rate:                51 gallons

Savings:                               Better than the standard model

Warranty:                           6 years

 

This water heater can provide hot water for about 2 to 4 individuals. It uses 2 heating elements of 4500 Watts. It easily replaces any tank type water heater. Easy maintenance.

 

A performing tankless water heater!

Model:                                Rinnai RL75iN

Storage Tank:                   NoA very good tankless water heater, the Rinnai RL75iN

Gallons/minute:              7.5

Fuel:                                   Gas

Weight:                              45.6 pounds

Height:                               14“ x 23” x 9”

EF:                                       3.3

Savings:                              82%

Warranty:                           10 years

 

It will make you save a lot of money! This model immediately heats water with its natural burners system. It functions very efficiently and quietly and is eco-friendly on top of being very tough. Its digital panel is very easy to use. If a leak is detected, the water is stopped automatically. It also detects sediments to avoid a system failure.

Its cost is higher than the other water heaters but it is definitely worth it. If you have an opportunity to buy it, go and grab the chance!

 

More hot water! High pressure rate!

Model:                                Voltex PHPT-60

Storage Tank:                   60 gallonsA hybrid water heater, the Voltex PHPT-60

Fuel:                                   Electricty, gas

Weight:                              365 pounds

Height:                               24 1/4“ x 24 1/4” x 67 1/3”

EF:                                      2.4

Savings:                             63%

Warranty:                          10 years

 

Here’s a hybrid gem recommended by more than one specialist. Its impressive 2.4 EF makes its electricity savings astronomical. If you are a big hot water user, this water heater will save you quite a few dollars. It’s easy to use due to its 4 adjustable functions. When you leave the house, it goes into sleep mode to save up energy. It absorbs the heat from the surrounding air and transforms it and the included anode gets and extended life span.

It also acts as a dehumidifier if you install it in your garage or basement.

Top five best water heaters of all types.)

Top 5 for the best water heaters in the great Montreal area

50 GALLONS GAS WATER HEATER RHEEM PERFORMANCE PLATINUM

Average Price:                  950$50 gallon water heater Rheem Performance platinum

Storage Tank:                   50 gallons (3 to 5 individuals)

Fuel:                                   Natural gas

EF:                                      0.67

Warranty:                         12 years

Height:                              23“ x 23,75” x 55,5”

Our rating:                        4 stars

Here’s a gas water heater which will make you save a lot of energy! A Wi-Fi interface gives you full control over your unit. Use it from afar! It’s part of the Performance range from Rheem.

 

ELECTRIC WATER HEATER 60 GALLONS FROM GIANT

Average Price:                  500$Giant water heater 60 gallons.)

Storage Tank:                   60 gallons (4 to 6 individuals)

Fuel:                                   Electricty

EF:                                       —

Warranty:                         6 years

Height:                              23 1/2“ x 23 1/2” x 59 7/8”

Our rating:                       3 stars

This high capacity water heater (279 litres) is a fair choice for big families. Its GREENFOAM isolation helps prevent heat loss. This model meets the NRCan efficiency housing standards.

 

ELECTRIC WATER HEATER BRADFORD WHITE 60 GALLONS, M-2-65R6DS

Average Price:                  690$Bradford White water heater 60 gallons, M-2-65R6DS

Storage Tank:                   60 gallons (4 to 6 individuals)

Fuel:                                   Electricty

EF:                                      —

Warranty:                         6 years

Height:                             22“ x 22” x 59 1/4”

Our rating:                       4 stars

It is estimated that its annual electricity consumption is about 500$. This unit is a combination of power and energy efficiency. Thinner than the other 60 gallons models, it can be placed anywhere. An anticorroding coating extends its life span.

 

ELECTRIC WATER HEATER 40 GALLONS, GIANT

Average Price:                  450$40 gallon Giant water heater

Storage Tank:                   40 gallons (2 to 4 individuals)

Fuel:                                    Electricty

EF:                                       —

Warranty:                          8 years/5 years

Height:                              22“ x 22” x 48”

Our rating:                        3 stars

Its GREENFOAM isolation helps prevent heat loss. It meets the NRCan efficiency housing standards. It is equipped with 2 heating elements of 3000 Watts.

 

ELECTRIC WATER HEATER 40 GALLONS, RHEEM

Average Price:                  350$Another Rheem water heater, 40 gallons.)

Storage Tank:                   40 gallons (2 to 4 individuals)

Fuel:                                   Electricty

EF:                                     —

Warranty:                        6 years

Height:                             23“ x 23” x 50 1/2”

Our rating:                      3 stars

This model provides enough hot water for a 2 to 4 members household. Its magnesium anode shields the tank from sediment deposits. Its low price guarantees immediate savings on the purchase.

 

How does the group installation service work?)

Group Installation Service

 

Hot Water Tank Quotes offers a service for grouped installation’s purchases. It allows you to gain the expertise of a professional while getting an additional service in your region. This way the specialist will maximize his time and yours by traveling only once and provide assistance to all.

Follow this link to get additional information about this service.

Conclusion

 

You now have all the tools in hand to make a wise decision which will fit your budget. We invite you to use the quote’s form at the top of the page if you plan on installing a new water heater. It won’t take long to fill and it requires no commitment from you.

Your data will be submitted to us and 3 quotes from our experts will be sent quickly to you by email. Don’t forget that Hot Water Tank Quotes will help you throughout the whole process and will put you in contact with reliable plumbers from your region.

Our specialists will take care of you!

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