WATER HEATERS: Keep the hot water flowing!
Whether you’re doing the dishes or taking a shower, hot water is delivered like magic. If not, it’s time to call us at Foothills Heating & Cooling in Denver for water heater repair, maintenance and installation. Our HVAC services go far beyond heating and cooling. Our highly-trained technicians have worked on all types of water heaters – gas and electric, standard and tankless, and all makes and models. We offer preventative maintenance, diagnostics and precision repair work.
New Water Heater Installation
If your current water heater is beyond repair, or you simply want to upgrade to a more efficient unit, we’ll help you find the right fit for your needs and budget.
Standard Water Heaters – Gas and Electric
Standard water heaters use a gas or electric heating element to preheat water and store it in a 30-50 gallon tank. This water supply is used whenever you turn on the hot water. The tank is then refilled and reheated once again. Gas units typically cost more upfront but are cheaper to operate (depending on utility costs) and that price difference can be made up in a year.
Benefits of Standard Water Heaters
- Lower initial cost -Usually easier to install
- Relatively inexpensive to replace
Challenges of Standard Water Heaters
- Higher utility bills, especially in winter
- Take up a lot of space
- Cannot be placed outside
- Hot water can run out
- Needs replacing every 10-15 years
Tankless Water Heaters
These units provide hot water only when needed. If you turn the faucet to hot or run your dishwasher, cold water is sent through a pipe into the unit. Either a gas or electric element heats the water directly, providing a near-constant supply of hot water where needed. Because it’s not keeping a 50-gallon tank of water preheated and ready for use, going tankless may save you money.
Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters
- Saves money in the long run
- Saves space, can be wall-mounted
- Can be installed outdoors
- Lasts 20 or more years
- Delivers on-demand hot water
Challenges of Tankless Water Heaters
- High initial cost depending on model
- Retrofitting existing system adds cost