Preparing Your Water Heater for Spring and Summer Water Usage

Preparing Your Water Heater for Spring and Summer Water Usage

As the temperatures start to warm up, it’s time to prepare your water heater for the increased demand for spring and summer water usage. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your water heater is ready to go.

Preparation Suggestions

    1. Check the temperature setting: The first step to preparing your water heater for spring and summer is to check the temperature setting. During the colder months, you may have turned up the temperature to compensate for the colder water. However, during the warmer months, you don’t need the water to be as hot, and a lower temperature setting can save you energy and money. Set the temperature to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Drain and flush the tank: Over time, sediment can build up in the tank, which can reduce its efficiency and lifespan. To remove this sediment, you need to drain and flush the tank. Turn off the power or gas supply to the water heater, attach a hose to the drain valve, and open the valve to drain the tank. Once the tank is empty, close the valve and refill the tank. Open a hot water faucet to allow air to escape, and then turn the power or gas supply back on. This can be dangerous, so be sure to call an expert for help!
    3. Check the pressure relief valve: The pressure relief valve is an important safety feature on your water heater. It releases excess pressure in the tank to prevent it from exploding. To check the valve, lift the lever or pull the trip lever. You should hear a rush of air or see water flow out of the valve. If nothing happens, the valve may be faulty and should be replaced.
    4. Insulate the pipes: Insulating your hot water pipes can reduce heat loss and save you energy. It can also prevent the pipes from sweating, which can cause moisture problems in your home. If this is something you’re interested in, be sure to contact the experts for assistance. 
    5. Consider installing a water softener: Water softeners help to remove any hard minerals from your water supply. It causes minerals such as calcium and magnesium to bond with sodium to supply less mineralized water. This can overall help your home’s pipes and is beneficial for drinking, cooking, bathing, laundry, and much more.

    By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your water heater is ready for the increased demand for spring and summer water usage. A well-maintained water heater will not only save you money on energy costs but will also provide you with reliable hot water when you need it.

    Rent With Us 

    At Reliance Heath Water Heaters, we rent both water heaters and softeners to help provide convenience and a cost-effective solution. Our units are rented annually to save you money up-front from buying a water heater and softener. When you rent with us, we provide you with servicing and routine maintenance checks at no additional cost. Take advantage of all our rental program has to offer!

    Contact Us 

    No matter your water heater needs, Reliance Heath Water Heater Rentals is here to help. If you’re ever unsure or doing these checks becomes too dangerous, be sure to call an expert to avoid any injury. For more information, be sure to contact us today. 

    How Do The Parts Of Your Water Heater Function?

    How Do The Parts Of Your Water Heater Function?

    A water heater is an essential appliance in any home that provides hot water for various purposes, such as cooking, cleaning, and bathing. There are several parts of a water heater that work together to heat the water in your home and make it available for use. 

    The Parts Of A Water Heater   

    1. Tank – This is the primary storage unit of a water heater that holds the hot water. It is usually made of metal and is insulated to maintain the temperature of the water. Caution, this can be hot to the touch.
    2. Thermostat – The thermostat is responsible for controlling the temperature of the water in the tank. It can be adjusted to reach the desired temperature and maintain it. Before adjusting this yourself, we recommend calling the experts. 
    3. Heating Element – This is the part of the water heater that heats the water. It is usually located at the bottom of the tank and is made of metal.
    4. Dip Tube – The dip tube is a long, narrow pipe that runs from the top to the bottom of the tank. It allows the cold water to enter the tank and be heated by the heating element.
    5. Pressure Relief Valve – This safety valve opens to release excess pressure if the water temperature gets too high.
    6. Anode Rod – The anode rod is a metal rod that protects the tank from rust and corrosion. It attracts the corrosive particles in the water and prevents them from damaging the tank.
    7. Cold Water Inlet Valve – This valve allows the cold water to enter the tank and be heated.
    8. Hot Water Outlet Valve – This valve allows the hot water to be dispensed from the tank and to the pipes in your home.

    Understanding these main parts will help you make informed decisions about the maintenance and repair of your water heater.

    Tips To Help Keep Your Water Heater In Shape

    • Clean the anode rod every year to help prevent corrosion and rust from building up in the tank. Be cautious when cleaning the anode rod, so you don’t burn yourself. If you’re in need of assistance, be sure to call the experts. 
    • Be sure to drain and flush the system once a year to help avoid sentiment build-up. 
    • Keep an eye on the water pressure levels, which should typically be between 50-120 psi. 
    • Watch your energy bills, if it begins to increase, it may be worth considering upgrading your water heater to a newer model. 
    • Book maintenance appointments so the experts can ensure everything is running properly.

    Contact Us 

    No matter your water heater needs, Reliance Heath Water Heater Rentals is here to help. Whether you require maintenance, a consult, or assistance, take advantage of our experts. For more information, be sure to contact us today.

    Commercial Water Heater Maintenance Is Important Too

    Commercial Water Heater Maintenance Is Important Too

    Although we talk about the importance of maintenance to your residential water heater, commercial is just as important, so don’t forget about it! From understanding lifespan, volume, efficiency and repairs, we’ve got all the tips covered for you.

    Having hot water for businesses, condos, and apartments is extremely important, as it’s required by law for safety reasons. Let the experts help you avoid potential legal issues by having your water heater run to its full potential using our checklist below.

    Be Sure To Check The Lifespan 

    Much like residential water heaters, commercial water heaters also have a lifespan. Although replacing a water heater can be a hassle and expensive, that’s why we offer commercial rental by taking this pressure off of you. 

    Keep in mind that commercial water heaters have a lifespan of 15-20 years with proper professional maintenance. Be sure to check out our guide to know how long you’ve had your water heater, so you aren’t left guessing. If you require, be sure to contact us to help assist you with further inspection and water heater. 

      Volume Is Important Too

      From the get-go, you should consult with an expert to ensure your water heater volume will be efficient to supply the building. If a unit is too small, it will not supply enough hot water for all the buildings. Along with size, if a hot water unit is not receiving regular maintenance, it has the possibility for sediment build-up which reduces the amount of water inside. Due to this, the amount of hot water flowing through the pipes with decrease which can cause legality issues. If you need assistance with a consult or maintenance, contact us right away. 

      Efficiency Is Everything  

      Commercial water heaters can use a lot of energy, leaving your power bill high when it’s not running to its full potential. To avoid any buildups or efficiency issues, be sure to have it maintained by an expert regularly. When you rent from Reliance Heath Water Heaters, we offer free maintenance so you can save money for what really matters. Contact us today to book an appointment or to learn more.

      Don’t Forget Minor Repairs  

      Minor repairs can be a pain and something that can typically wait but putting them off for too long can cause things to get worse, which we want to help you avoid. If you ever run across a minor issue, don’t wait and contact us today to have it checked out right away to help save you money and legal issues down the road. 

      Contact Us 

      No matter your water heater needs, Reliance Heath Water Heater Rentals is here to help. Whether you require maintenance, a consult, or assistance, be sure to take advantage of talking to our experts. Remember, when you rent from us, you receive free maintenance, which in turn can save you some dough in the long run. For more information, be sure to contact us today. 

      Should I Rent Or Buy My Water Heater?

      Should I Rent Or Buy My Water Heater?

      The average lifespan of a water heater in Regina is about 3 to 5 years, a little more if you maintain it properly and get annual inspections. Curious about if renting or buying is the right option for you? We’ll help you figure it out!

      Bradford White Water Heaters

      We rent gas and electric water heaters for both residential and commercial use. Our preferred brand is Bradford White because of its high-quality product and proven efficiency. They are easy to install in tight spots with a zero-clearance requirement for sides and back – perfect for condos or if you want a little more usable space. Bradford White water heaters use efficient and clean combustion on all models and sizes, meeting or exceeding emission regulations. Finally, they use the highest BTUs for more hot water on demand and a quicker recovery so you get hot water when you want it.

      Some other features of Bradford White:

          • Hydrojet Total Performance System is a high-efficiency, high-deliverability, and highly effective self-cleaning system.
          • Proven burner design that provides many years of trouble-free operation to keep costs and problems at a minimum.
          • Uses the world’s best glass tank lining – Vitraglass.
          • CombiCor gas-fired heaters are great for both residential water and space heating.

      The Cost to Maintain

      A water heater is crucial to keep your water hot and keep you and your family comfortable. Water heaters use several advanced technologies to keep your water hot efficiently so you can save time and money. Maintenance should be done by a professional to ensure everything is running smoothly.

      If you buy a water heater, the purchase and installation will cost approximately $1,500 depending on the style and type of water heater you choose. That’s just getting it in your house. Regular maintenance, to avoid purchasing a new one before your mortgage renewal, is another added cost. You can expect at least $150 for service. But if it breaks down, you are looking at hundreds of dollars more (and potentially the additional cost of a plumber if there is a water leak) to get your water heater repaired including the cost of labour and parts.

      When you rent with Reliance Heath Water Heater Rentals, you pay one annual fee for your water heater and you do not pay for anything else! No installation fees, no service fees, and no repair fees. It’s all included as part of your rental. 

      That means your routine maintenance is included. We do this annually to make sure your water heater is working trouble-free as much as possible. We repeat: service calls and maintenance visits are free of charge. We perform a thorough 12-point inspection of the critical parts of your water heater every year and if yours is showing signs of wear, we take care of everything including parts, repairs, and upgrades.

      Rent or Buy?



      Annual Rental Fee

      Typically $25/month

      paid annually


      Purchase Cost

      Not Available


      Installation Fees

      Not Included 




      Regular Maintenance Cost



      $150+ each visit

      Service Calls



      Hourly wage for labour. 

      Extra charge for 





      plus parts cost


      Not owned by you

      Owned by you

      If hassle-free and peace of mind are what sounds good to you, renting is the best option. Avoid costly repair bills and labour costs by renting from Reliance Heath Water Heater Rentals. Call us today to get started!

      Signs You Need A New Water Heater

      Signs You Need A New Water Heater

      Replacing a water heater can be a daunting task, but that’s why we’re here to help provide you with easy and convenient service from start to finish. Why buy, when you can rent! If you’re suspicious of your water heater becoming run down, here’s a list of signs that its time for a replacement.

      There’s A Leak 

      If you notice a leak underneath or by your water heater it may be time to replace it. Be sure to quickly inspect where the water source is coming from to rule out any loose pipes or fittings. If you’re unsure of the leak source and severity, be sure to contact us to help assist you with further inspection and water heater replacement.

      Your Water Comes Out Rusty

      If the water in your home comes out rusty or metallic when you turn on your taps, your water heater might need replacing. Be sure to test this to ensure it’s not your pipes by very carefully (caution: hot water!) draining three buckets of water from the tank. If by the third bucket, the water is still rusty or metallic, it is a sign that your water heater is rotting from the inside. If you need replacing or assistance assessing the rust source, contact us right away.

      Your Unit Makes A Lot of Sound 

      If your water heater is not serviced regularly, it can begin collecting a buildup of sediment in the tank. Once there is a solid buildup, it can create a rumbling sound as your water heater is trying to work. This buildup can also cause leaks over time, deteriorating your water heater faster than expected. If you’re experiencing this, be sure to book a maintenance appointment with us so that we can assess the severity of the situation.

      It’s 10 Years or Older 

      A water heater’s lifetime is around ten years depending on how often you get it serviced and the type of care it has received. If your water heater is approaching or past its ten-year mark, we suggest exploring new options. Rather than buy, consider renting and save yourself some hassle – did we mention we offer free maintenance? 

      Unsure about how old your water heater is? Be sure to check the install label’s date or check the serial number. 

      Contact Us

      No matter your water heater needs, Reliance Heath Water Heater Rentals is here to help. Along with having the relief of renting your unit, rather than outright buying it, we provide you with free-of-charge maintenance and service. For more information, be sure to contact us today.