Hot Water Heating Tanks - Rental or Buy in Canada


Rinnai® SENSEI Tankless Water Heater

  • Energy efficient – Up to 96% energy factor – heat water only when needed
  • Endless supply of hot water
  • Small, suitcase-sized wall mounted unit
  • Reclaim your basement space

Power Vent

GSW Power Vent Water Heater

  • Energy efficient – Up to 70% energy factor
  • No chimney required
  • Small fan pushes exhaust gases outside
  • 40, 50, 60 Gallon options
  • Available for natural gas or propane
  • ENERGY STAR® qualified

Conventional Vent

GSW Conventional Vent Water

  • Vents through the chimney
  • Simple design
  • No motor or fan – Does not require hydro to run
  • Available in 40, 50, 60 gallon options


Space Saver® Electric Water Heater

  • Ideal for cottages, offices, mobile homes or other applications where space is limited
  • Uses electricity to heat water
  • Less complex installation – no outside venting required
  • A good choice where venting is difficult or gas is not available to the home
  • Available in 40, 60 gallon options


With Our Hot Water Installs, You’ll Enjoy:

  • FREE in-home consultation
  • HIGHLY-TRAINED (Licensed Technicians)
  • RELIABLE – Fast and Reliable Services
  • STABILITY – In business since 1981
  • SUPPORT – Ready to take your call
  • EXPERT – installation

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Your hot water tank has stopped working and you have no hot water – now what??

Canada Furnace has you completely covered, whether you simply want to replace the existing tank or move up to a more sophisticated and efficient “On Demand, Tank-Less” hot water heating system.

Here’s the best part – if you don’t wish to invest anywhere from hundreds to frankly thousands of dollars in up front equipment costs why not rent your next hot water equipment? Not only will you avoid having to tie up capital in that big initial investment, but you’ll also be covered completely for the cost of any future repairs throughout the life of the rental. Think about that – no ugly surprises to knock the monthly budget out of whack!

Canada Furnace has been in the home comfort business for over 30 years, so when we decided to offer the flexibility of hot water heating rental, we did our homework thoroughly and with our customers benefit(s) at the top of the list. We sweated the details too – the flexibility of having the rental agreement transferable being just one example. If you rent a hot water heater from Canada Furnace, you will enjoy complete peace of mind and will know your associated monthly costs accurately well into the future.

If you live anywhere in Canada, Canada Furnace is available to work with you and for you 24/7.

We offer competitive pricing for hot water heating systems in Canada.

If renting is not the way you want to go, our pricing is as competitive as anyone in the marketplace and we’re both proud and pleased to offer “tank-less, on demand” hot water heaters produced by Navien and Rheem or conventional hot water “tanks” from Bradford White and Rheem. These are all very highly regarded manufacturers with industry leading quality, backed by solid warranty programs.

The goal at Canada Furnace is to make it as easy as possible for you to enjoy all of the possible comfort in your home with the least amount of hassle and the greatest amount of value. Be it a new hot water heater, gas furnace, heat pump, fireplace or air conditioner our aim remains the same and that is putting you first.

Questions About Hot Water Tanks

Not very many years ago, a discussion regarding how you got hot water to come out of the faucet would go something like this.

How many gallons/litres is your water heater (hot water tank)?
Is the tank heated with gas or electricity?
What quality would you like (usually a good-better–best proposition)?

That would pretty much take care of the sales side of the equation and at that point you would pick out the appropriate “tank” then somebody would come out, install it and if you were lucky, dispose of the old one for you.  Canada Furnace doesn’t leave any old stuff behind, unless you want us to – and no, taking your “old” spouse away isn’t part of the deal!

Hot Water Tank Options

The scenario can still certainly remain that way today, but the options are becoming more varied, interesting and dynamic.  At Canada Furnace, we want to ensure that our customers are fully aware of all the available alternatives in today’s world to produce hot water tanks in Canada.  Hot water tank’s themselves haven’t changed that much in recent times, although there is a greater variety of sizes and different footprints now available with respect to space restrictions (some tanks are shorter and squatter while others are made taller and skinnier).  In terms of price and quality a great deal of what that represents comes down to the level of warranty coverage (more on hot water tank warranties later).

On Demand Water Heating

In addition to the old “tried and true” hot water tank, the development in recent years and marketing of “on demand” or “tankless” water heaters has definitely had an impact on the marketplace.  On Demand water heaters have been available in the North American market for no more than a decade but now sell in significant numbers.  While a more expensive initial proposition On Demand water heaters offer some compelling differences to the traditional hot water tank water heater.  For one thing, the On Demand heaters essentially will produce hot water for as long as you want it – feel like a four hour shower (four hour shower – sounds like a song title) you can have one and the hot water will just keep on flowing.  Additionally, they are highly proficient from a fuel consumption standpoint and the fact that there is no need to continue keeping a large volume of water continuously heated provides considerable gains from that process as well.  Essentially, when you turn on the faucet (or washing machine, dishwasher, what have you) the on demand device lights up and instantaneously (well, almost) begins creating the hot water and won’t stop until you turn it off.  The Navien on demand water heaters that Canada Furnace supplies are also fully stainless steel construction, providing a life span upwards of 25 years as opposed to a decent quality hot water tank which is estimated to last about 10 years at best.

Pros and Cons of On Demand

It’s been said that “there is no such thing as Utopia” and one could suppose that applies to the on demand water heater as well.  Like most things, there are trade-offs with tankless water heaters.  We’ve mentioned the cost, which can be upwards of four times that of a conventional tank heater (although offset by the greater lifespan and fuel efficiency to a large degree), but more importantly it can revolve around the issue of application.  One limitation to even the largest capacity of on demand water heaters is that of flow capacity.  They are usually limited by how many “draw demands” are possible and the upward limit of the largest units is about four.  By draw, we mean how many faucets (showers, washing machines, dishwashers etc.) can run at the same time.  In other words, if you have family with 3 teenagers and two or three adults all wanting to use hot water at the same time, an on demand set up may not be able to provide sufficient capacity for you.  Having said that, in most instances they provide more than plentiful hot water for the majority of home owners.

Hydronic Heat

Another interesting twist to the on demand water heaters Canada story concerns those homes that are heated by Hydronic heat (hot water boilers).  Navien (and other manufacturers) now construct a compact home heating boiler that is also an on demand water heater.  For those families looking to replace an old boiler system, these devices open up some nice opportunities.  There is initially the space saving gained from the fact that these new combination boilers are considerably smaller than conventional ones (a box like device that mounts on the wall) plus even more space opened up by getting rid of the hot water tank.  You can even keep the tank if it’s in good shape, disconnect the heating element and plumb it to the On Demand heater for an additional passive source of hot water – lots of options and that’s always a good thing.

Some people are even going to great lengths to utilize other methods for heating for hot water.  Solar, geothermal sources and other seemingly esoteric methods to enjoy a hot bath are being attempted regularly.  There is nothing specifically wrong with any of these methods, but they do fall somewhat into the esoteric category.

Variety of capacities

For most of us living in the real world, things like budget, time and simplicity are foremost and to that end, more conventional ideas make the most sense.  In terms of cost, the old but reliable method of heating up water and storing it for future use in an insulated tank is still the most reasonable answer.  Canada Furnace offers conventional water heaters from 2 quality manufacturers; Bradford & White and Rheem.  They are covered by a “no leak” warranty for 8 years (i.e. if the unit springs a leak within the 8 year coverage period, the manufacturer will provide a new tank at no cost).   Both are solid national brands with genuine warranty coverage, first rate parts back up and Canada Furnace completes the deal with our own labour warranty.  It should be noted that many Hot Water Tank warranties are pro-rated over the life span of the unit, leaving little “in the bank” when the unit gets old. To answer the question about paying more for a hot water tank with a longer warranty, the answer will generally be no.  The tank itself is the same and as the warranty is as mentioned an ever diminishing affair, there is normally no advantage to the higher up front cost.  Hot water tanks are available from Canada Furnace in a variety of capacities from 40, 50 and 60 US gallon and other special order sizes.  Heating elements can be either natural gas or electric.

Types of corrosion

If you do have an aging tank in your home (let’s say 8-10 years of service) it is a very good idea to inspect it for any leaks corrosion etc.  If you’re not sure what to look for, contact a heating professional to inspect and advise accordingly.  Not all homes have a drain near the hot water tank as well and older tanks have been known to “let go” rapidly dumping a huge amount of water out of the bottom almost instantaneously.  If there is no drain nearby to contend with the rush of water (which will continue until the water main has been turned off), a considerable amount of damage can occur.  It’s not unusual for a tank to dump water in a mechanical room and the resulting flood may destroy the furnace and/or other material in the vicinity.  Insurance companies won’t always cover such damage either and to that end it’s a good idea to find out what your particular home policy says about the matter.  A qualified professional can also note various types of corrosion and other wear that will assist in understanding your most reasonable course going forward.

Are government rebates available for hot water heaters?

Canada Furnace has the same professional sales approach toward water heaters as we do with all of our products and services.  If it’s simply a replacement tank you require, give us a call with size and what type of heat element it uses (gas or electric) and we can get things worked out over the phone.  If it’s an emergency situation, let us know and Canada Furnace will prioritize it accordingly.  Let’s say however that you’ve been investigating the newer on demand water heaters and are giving those devices some consideration.  A consultation with a Canada Furnace professional would be a good recommendation.  As well as the consideration of the amount of hot water demand your family creates, it’s always a good idea to assess the current equipment, the attendant plumbing and the whole sphere of mechanical/electrical concerns involved.  It should be noted that electric tankless hot water heaters are also available and in that case it’s necessary to determine that your home has the available electrical capacity for such a device.  The same is essentially true for natural gas heaters as well, determining the correct size of gas piping is also a requirement.  Once you’re satisfied that an on demand hot water heater will satisfy your hot water needs and will not require any major surgery to the homes gas or electrical services, Canada Furnace will assist you in picking the correct size of unit and arrange for a team to come out for a quick and painless installation.  It’s actually pretty cool to never run out of hot water again!  It should also be mentioned for situations where it is applicable (e.g. mobile homes) that a propane tankless hot water heater in a variety of capacities is also now on the market.

Are government rebates available for hot water heaters?  The short answer is yes.  Canada Furnace currently offers 2 different conventional tanks that reach a high enough efficiency threshold to qualify for a $200.00 rebate – be sure to ask about those models when you call.   On demand water heaters qualify in a range from $400.00 to $500.00 depending on capacity and model.  While it doesn’t amount to a monstrous saving, a couple of hundred extra bucks can heat a lot of water – especially with a more efficient and effective system.

Running new gas lines

The history of hot water heater development follows a path not unlike many other industrially manufactured, commercially sold appliances.  Way back when, more than a half century ago, hot water tanks were made completely out of copper with brass fittings.  Needless to say other than the heating sources which could be oil (maybe natural gas) or electricity the tanks themselves never needed to be serviced as they would last practically forever.  They did lack in efficiency however, but back then who cared?  I know this because the house I grew up in had such an ugly beast of a thing hiding in the basement.  It was heated by heating oil (stinky stuff if ever there was) and had a ridiculous looking huge wrap of some stuff that looked like it may have been dredged up from the Paleozoic era.  Oh yea, we were always running short of hot water too.  With better, more efficient manufacturing techniques, notwithstanding the fact that making a tank completely out of copper today would cost about a gazillion dollars, the method of water tank production has changed dramatically now.  The tank itself today is usually made from fiberglass, insulated then wrapped in a sheet metal casing.  The heating elements are far more efficient from those of the not too distant past and while some may say that this can all be chalked up to “built in obsolescence”, the fact is that in the long run, the cost to create hot water for the end user has gone down dramatically.  The advent of the on demand type systems is really just more of the same progress using a different technique – it seems that we’re speeding up our efficiency’s faster than ever before.  The fact that these newer tankless heaters can heat the water pretty much instantaneously really is a game changer and the adoption of this type of technology will undoubtedly increase in the future.  The cost of on demand water heaters will drop as the demand goes up (I’m not charging any readers for the complex lesson in economics) and there may be a time where the hot water tank has joined the buggy whip in the halls of historic stuff we don’t see anymore.  Having said that, the use of storage tanks in certain “passive” water heating applications may well continue for some time.  It should be noted that regardless of the type of heater you are using today, that natural gas is faster and overall more effective at heating up water than electricity.  Of course, one is going to use the heat source for their home that is readily available.  Running new gas lines into a home without them isn’t a very cost effective plan if all you want to do is heat some water with it.

Cutting edge technology

Heating water with solar energy can be accomplished in 2 ways.  The first would be a passive solar system whereby the heat of the sun is allowed directly into the water supply by a method of running lots of piping (black in colour) over an elevated surface (usually a roof) and allowing the suns radiation to heat the water for ready use or to store in a tank.  This has been a popular heat source for outdoor swimming pools.  It is pretty simplistic method and likely not too effective.  The second solar method is to significantly utilize solar panels (on or off the grid|) and use the generated (perhaps stored) electricity to heat the water.  This would be a more efficient use of solar power and particularly successful if one was on the grid.  Given the climate in the BC Lower Mainland and particularly the lack of sunlight in the winter however, solar energy in general has drawbacks for us.  Geothermal energy comes from drilling deep into the ground and if the geology where one lives is appropriate, can be a very reliable and once established very cost effective energy source.  The problem is the cost associated with drilling super deep holes and the mechanical equipment required to ensure the correct operation of the set-up is very high.

As mentioned earlier, some homes that use hot water heat can install a heat exchanger which will draw heat from the main boiler (particularly a good setup with a combination boiler-water heater) and have the hot water from that process stored in a tank.  The tank doesn’t require a heat source of its own and the heated water stored therein (which is continually cycled past the heat source) is kind of “free” as its utilizing otherwise wasted heat.  Creative professionals in the HVAC business have been coming up with more and more cutting edge methods for effectively heating water (and all sorts of other stuff) for many years.  Canada Furnace takes pride in keeping up with all of this progress and communicating the best of it to our valued clientele.  Some of this stuff may seem a bit crazy right now (and some of it may always be crazy) but other methods that show promise and warrant progress will eventually find their way to the marketplace and ultimately into your home.  Call Canada Furnace anytime with questions – we might not know the immediate answer, but I bet we know who to ask!

In summation, you’ve decided that although you like cutting edge technology, you aren’t quite ready to drill a 2 mile deep hole on your property and don’t feel quite ready to establish your own solar farm – that seems fair.

Hot water storage tank

Maybe the advances represented by on demand – tankless hot water heaters has piqued your curiosity enough to look a little deeper.  The first thing to consider besides the cost of the unit, involves the size of the family and the water use patterns in the home. Also, the energy source and the capacity of the service to the home has to be considered.  In addition it’s also possible to calculate energy savings (and durability of the unit) into a process that can illustrate the differences in cost from a conventional tank heater versus the on demand unit.  If these considerations look compelling, we’d suggest giving Canada Furnace a call and we’ll walk you through the process to a point of determination. As each family has unique requirements (and a wish list) it may make sense to go with on demand or conversely it might make better sense to stay the tried and true course of having a hot water tank.

You may be looking at the need to replace your heating boiler.  If that is the case, there can be no better time to investigate the advantages of a combination heating boiler/water heater as available from the Navien Combi unit (one of Canada Furnaces best-selling products).  You may want to save space by eliminating the existing hot water tank or perhaps if it’s fairly new, use it as a passive hot water storage tank.

Or, the water tank in the basement has just started leaking (or worse, just burst) and your only concern is to have things back to the way they were (and back to normal).

Hot Water Heating Tanks Rental or Buy

Tankless water heaters

Regardless of why your concerns are hot water related, Canada Furnace is one quick phone call away.  If it’s a simple tank replacement, we’ll have you back up, in the shower, doing laundry and washing dishes in no time (laundry, dishes – maybe not such a compelling pitch to have hot water in the first place!?).  If you are interested in looking a bit deeper into the latest technology availed by the tankless on demand water heaters of today, we would be more than happy to offer you a no obligation in home consultation with you to see if it makes solid sense.

Finally, if you just have questions about hot water and aren’t really sure about how you’d like to approach the subject, you will find that the people on the end of the phone at Canada Furnace are courteous, friendly and above all very knowledgeable about all thing hot water -in fact, all things home comfort e.g. furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, air quality and so on.

Give us a call, you will not be disappointed!