Buy or Rent Hot Water Tank?

Does it make sense to rent a hot water tank?  Nadia Mendola (Waterdown, Ontario) doesn't think so.  She got stuck with a hot water tank contract when she purchased her home in 2016.  Here are her options:

She can continue paying $56.43 per month for the next 14 years, which works out to $9,480.  Or she get out of the contract by buying the hot water tank for $3,600.  The problem is that the same tank costs $1,000 at Home Depot.

“If you can buy it from Home Depot for $1,000, I just don't understand why you would go renting it.” As a first-time homebuyer, she admits she didn't know how much a water heater should cost. “I was paying it for six months and my dad saw one of my bills and thought it was high.”


Read the full story at

Watch this short video on the benefits of owning a tankless water heater vs. renting:

If you are considering buying a home tied to a similar rental contract, this is what we suggest you do.

Sit down with the company selling the house. Give them your deposit but tell them that you will not sign the rental contract with the hot water heater company.

Then call the hot water rental company and ask them to pick up their hot water heater. When they tell you that you signed a contract, tell them that you haven't, and again ask them to pick up their heater. If they still refuse, tell them that you are putting it by the curb.

Then call your local plumbing company and ask them to install a new hot water tank.

  • Share on Tumblr
September 14th, 2018 by Lief Simons
About Lief Simons

Lief Simons is the President of Plumbers Edmonton Ltd., which specializes in plumbing, heating and cooling installation, repair and servicing. For same day 24/7 service, call 587-408-3450.