Water Heater Selection

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Denver, Arvada, Aurora, and Lakewood, CO Water Heater Selection and Installation

Choosing a new hot water heater can be a daunting task for new and experienced homeowners alike. Navien, Bradford White, Rheem — these are just three of dozens of brands on the market. Not to mention all the different models and types of water heaters. Which one should you choose? It can be hard to know.

That's where our skilled Denver plumbers come in. We'veinstalled countless water heaters in Denver and the surrounding area, and we're confident we can install yours, too.

Need some assistance with deciding on a new water heater? We've got you covered. Contact us today to book your service appointment, and keep reading for a quick primer on water heater selection.

A Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Water Heater

When shopping for your new water heater, here are a few things you'll need to consider.

  • Type of fuel. Gas electric, solar — typically, the type of fuel used to power your home will determine the type of water heater you need.
  • Size. If you're considering a storage tank water heater, you'll want to choose one big enough to accommodate your household size and water usage.
  • Water quantity needs. Got a big family that likes to take piping hot showers every morning? A tankless water heater might be your best option.
  • Warranty. Know how long your water heater is covered under warranty and what's covered.
  • Cost. In addition to the upfront costs of the unit itself and the installation, you'll need to factor in operating costs.

When you book your water heater installation with Golden West, we'll walk you through every step of this process so you can be confident in your decision.

Different Types of Water Heaters

With so many different makes and models out there, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Let's explore the different types of water heaters and their advantages and disadvantages.

Storage tank water heaters

Storage tanks are probably what you picture when you think of a water heater. These large tanks heat and store water until you're ready to use it. Storage tanks come in many different sizes, with a capacity of 30 to 80 gallons on average.


  • Lower upfront costs
  • Available in a wide range of sizes
  • Durable and long-lasting


  • Take longer to heat water
  • Not as energy-efficient as other water heaters
  • Lose more heat than other types of water heaters
Tankless water heaters

Tankless water heaters heat water directly without using a storage tank. When you turn the heater on, water flows through a series of pipes, which are heated through an electric element or gas burner. This gives you instant access to unlimited hot water.


  • More compact and long-lasting than storage tanks
  • Heats water quickly and continuously
  • Energy efficiency saves money on energy costs over time


  • Higher upfront costs

A Quick Guide to Water Heater Brands

Now that you know a little bit about the different types of water heaters and how they work, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of brands out there. Here are a few of the most common:

  • Bradford White
  • Navien
  • A.O Smith
  • Rheem
  • American

Our Denver plumbers are highly trained and have installed all of these brands of water heaters — and then some!

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Why Golden West is the Best Choice for Water Heater Installation Jobs in Denver

Our expert technicians provide quick hot water heater installation services in Denver, Lakewood, Arvada, Golden, Aurora, and all the surrounding areas. There are dozens of Denver plumbing companies out there that can install your hot water heater. Why should you choose us? We're glad you asked!

We're family-owned and operated.

When you choose Golden West, you can feel confident knowing you're supporting a small business operated by fellow residents of the Mile High City. Unlike franchises and corporate entities, we're empathetic to your needs and skilled at providing customized service.

We're big on education and integrity.

Some Denver plumbers out there just show up and complete the job. Sure, we could do that, but we believe every homeowner should know how their water heater works so they can recognize problems down the road. That's why we encourage the homeowners we serve to watch our plumbers work. Throughout the installation, we'll explain what we're doing in a way that you can understand. Feel free to ask any questions you may have at any point during your service.

We’re open around the clock to respond to plumbing emergencies.

When we say we're open 24/7/365 for Denver plumbing repairs big and small, we mean it. We'll never recommend any services or equipment you don't need.

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

We could talk all day about our commitment to our customers, but ultimately, the proof is in the reviews. And we've earned thousands of them from satisfied homeowners all across Denver. Thanks to the busy homeowners who took the time out of their day to leave us a review, we've achieved the highest possible rating with the Better Business Bureau — a reputation we're immensely proud of.

We're committed to giving back to our community.

When you book a water heater installation with Golden West, you're contributing to the educational development of young minds across America. Our scholarship program awards $1,000 each year to college students studying engineering or home services. It's just one small way we can give back to our community and our country.

Contact Us Today for Water Heater Services in Denver Metro

We're a one-stop shop for all things water heater. Whether you need help selecting and installing a new water heater or repairing an existing one, our trained plumbers can handle it. We'll do the research and read the fine print for you to ensure the upfront costs, warranty coverage, and water capacity are right for your needs. Contact us today for expert water heater selection advice from the trusted name in Denver plumbing services.

Frequently Asked Questions about Water Heater Selection

How do I know what size water heater I need?

The right size depends on how much water you use and the size of your household. Large families that use a lot of water will require a larger tank than a couple. A capacity of 50 to 60 gallons will usually suit a family of four.

Are tankless water heaters better than storage tank water heaters?

We recommend investing in a tankless water heater because they're much more efficient than storage tank water heaters. However, we also understand that the upfront investment is a major factor. We'll discuss your budget and needs with you when our service technician goes over all your options to ensure you're getting the most value.

How long will it take for my water to heat up after installing a new unit?

That depends on the type of water heater you've installed, but the general rule is 45 minutes. Some water heaters may take longer, while others might not require as much time. We'll let you know how long your water will take to heat up once you've chosen a unit.