Tankless Water Heaters

What Is a Tankless Water Heater?

On those frigid winter days for which Colorado is famous, nothing beats a piping hot shower. Ever had your long, hot shower cut short by a dip in the water temperature? Chances are the hot water stored in your water heater ran out.

This is a common problem with storage tank heaters. They can only store so much hot water. Which means, by the time your whole family has showered in the morning, you might not have enough hot water left to do the dishes.

Tankless water heaters are special. Unlike traditional water heaters, they have no tank to store water. Water flowing through the heat transfer coil heats up quickly, giving you an unlimited and continuous supply of hot water.

Thinking of switching over to a tankless water heater? Homeowners in Aurora, Arvada, Lakewood, and Denver metro trust Golden West to install, repair, and maintain their tankless water heaters. Our expert Denver plumbers are the best in the business. They’ve installed countless tankless water heaters. They’ll even go a step further and walk you through how your new water heater works in terms you can understand.

How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?

Here’s a basic rundown of how tankless water heaters work. When you turn on the faucet or tap, water enters the tankless heater. The water flow sensor, also called a water turbine, signals to the heater’s computer that water is flowing. The computer then turns on the burner.

A control board attached to the turbine determines the temperature up to which the water should be heated. The tankless heater factors in the current water temperature as well as the settings on the regulator, located outside the tankless heater.

Then, water enters the heat exchanger, which heats up the water to the right temperature using gas or electricity. The hot water then flows back out through the outbound valve. When you turn off the tap, the water heater shuts off too. Check out this handy graphic for a visual representation of how tankless water heaters work:


How Tankless Water Heaters Reduce Costs

Traditional storage tank water heaters warm up the full capacity of water, even if you don’t end up using it all. Let’s say you have a 50-gallon tank. The heater will warm up all 50 gallons, usually overnight. If your household is small, you might end up using only half that, which means you’ll lose money on energy costs. Not to mention that many storage tank heaters, especially older ones, also lose some heat during that process.

On the other hand, tankless water heaters warm up the water on demand, whenever you turn on the tap. That means you’re only paying for the hot water you use. Plus, because tankless water heaters are up to 34% more energy-efficient than storage tank heaters, you’ll enjoy instant access to as much hot water as you need.

How Big of a Tankless Water Heater Do I Need?

Because tankless water heaters don’t store water in a tank, the units themselves don’t tend to vary a whole lot in size. So if you’re wondering what size tankless water heater you need, you’re probably wondering about the flow rate instead. 

The flow rate determines how much water can be heated at once and is expressed as gallons per minute (GPM). Most tankless heaters have a flow rate of 4 to 8 gallons per minute on average. The flow rate may vary depending on the energy source (gas or electric).

To put that in context, the flow rate of the average bathroom sink is 1 gallon per minute. The shower typically has the highest flow rate at 2 gallons per minute on average. The GPM of some water heaters is up to 8 times that amount, which means you don’t have to worry about running out of hot water for those winter morning showers!

Golden West Installs Tankless Water Heaters in the Denver Metro Area

When we say we’re the best plumbing company in Denver, we’re not trying to toot our own horn. Sure, there are dozens of other Denver plumbing services out there that can install your tankless water heater. Why should you go with Golden West? We’re glad you asked.

We’re family-owned and operated.

When you choose Golden West for your tankless water heater installation or plumbing repair, you’re supporting a local, family-owned business operated by residents of the Mile High City just like you. Because we’re family-owned, we don’t have to answer to shareholders or parent companies. That means our customers’ needs come first — always, every time.

We use cutting-edge equipment and technology.

Just because we’re a local business doesn’t mean we skimp on equipment or customer service. Our trucks are stocked with state-of-the-art plumbing repair technology and equipment to get the job done fast and efficiently. 

We’re available 24/7/365 for Denver plumbing emergencies big and small.

Our Denver plumbers are standing by to respond to plumbing repair emergencies all across Denver metro. Our convenient location right off I-25 makes it easy for us to respond to your call at a moment’s notice.

We don’t charge hidden fees for overtime or after-hours service.

We don’t believe in shady billing tactics and hidden fees. Denver homeowners trust us with their plumbing needs time after time because they know the price they see is the price they get. We’ll discuss your needs upfront and provide a final quote before we start work. We’ll never recommend equipment or repairs you don’t need.

We’re A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau.

Our commitment to authentic, outstanding customer service earned us an A+ rating with the BBB, plus thousands of 5-star reviews from satisfied Denver homeowners.

Tankless Water Heater Installation Service Areas in Denver and Surrounding Towns:

  • Applewood
  • Arvada
  • Aurora
  • Brighton
  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Centennial
  • Cherry Creek
  • Commerce City
  • Denver
  • Englewood
  • Evergreen
  • Golden
  • Highlands Ranch
  • Lakewood
  • Littleton
  • Longmont
  • Parker
  • Reunion
  • Stapleton
  • Thornton
  • Westminster
  • Wheat Ridge

Live in a Denver suburb that’s not listed here? Call us, and we’ll be more than happy to tell you if you’re located in our service area.

Get a Quote from a Licensed Denver Plumber Today

If you’re considering upgrading your tank heater to a tankless water heater, contact us today to discuss your needs or request your service.