Hot Water Tank Experts in Victoria

This day and age, the average household uses around 180 litres of hot water per day, and most take access to hot water for granted. But what happens if you're about to take a shower and realize your water heater isn't performing? Not to worry! HomeWise Plumbing & Drainage installs, services and repairs the water heaters that Victoria and Lower Vancouver Island residents count on in their day-to-day lives. High performance and durability are values that are as important to us as they are to our plumbing customers. Whether you're looking for an on-demand tankless system or a standard storage type hot water tank, look to HomeWise Plumbing for a reliable source of hot water.

Gas vs Electric

HomeWise Plumbing's technicians are fully versed in electric and gas hot water heater installations and can help you choose the best option for your home. Once intalled, we can also perform water heater maintenance or repairs and offer 24/7 emergency service.


  • Unit usually costs less
  • Doesn't require venting
  • Energy source more common
  • Higher energy costs

Gas HWT's


  • Faster heating of water
  • Energy cost savings
  • Power outage won't affect some types
  • Requires venting
  • Units typically more expensive

Water Heater Sizes

Storage tank water heaters come in various sizes. The most common residential HWT size is 40 Imp. gal., while 60 Imp. gal. is the next most common water heater size. There are other tank sizes available, ranging from 1.7 Imp. gal. (usually for a single fixture) to the 60 gal., as well as different shape options, such as taller or shorter tanks. Determining your water heater size requirements is generally a matter of household size and space availability.  A general guide for typical hot water tank capacity requirements based on the size of your household can be found below.

Hot water tank size recommendations
30 Imp. gal 40 Imp. gal 60 Imp. gal Multiple Tanks
≤ 3 people ≤ 4 people ≤ 6 people ≥ 7 people

Storage vs Tankless

When determining what sort of water heater is the best option for your needs, space is a pretty significant factor. Another important consideration is the availability of gas versus electricity. Below we offer a few advantages and features of each type.

Storage Tank Hot Water Heater

  • Energy use is limited by tank capacity.
  • Better for larger households
  • Fewer mechanical problems
  • Different capacities available
  • Less expensive initial installation
  • Lower water consumption
  • Fewer temperature fluctuations
  • Some models may qualify for a Fortis rebate.
  • Less expensive to service
  • Familiar to all plumbers

Tankless, On-Demand Water Heater

  • May save energy by only heating water when you need it, depending on use.
  • Takes up less space
  • Newer technology
  • More likely to qualify for a Fortis rebate
  • Units generally have a longer lifespan
  • Doesn't run out of hot water
  • Lower chance of a leak or flood
  • Available as whole-home and single-fixture models


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