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How to Choose a Water Heater for Your Colorado Home

Updated: Feb 1

No one likes getting up in the morning to a cold shower. Rarely is anyone going to wake up one morning and say “I think it's time to get a new hot water heater.” We wait until it leaks or just stops working before we fork out the money to make the purchase. Before the internet dominated, homeowners would drive to a big box store and grab the recommended, model. Now we have reviews for every product or service we need. If you are searching for a new water heater, call our Colorado Springs plumbing experts near you at Jolly Plumbing at (719) 473-8545.


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Most water heaters will last 8 to 12 years. So which one do I pick? Let's first address the obvious, do you use natural gas, electric, or propane? Second, you need to decide if you want a tankless water heater or a storage tank heater. The big question is how many gallons do I need my water heater to hold if I’m using a storage tank heater? If you go on-demand (tankless) or storage heater, you’ll need to know your flow rate. This is how much water you use at any given time from a faucet or appliance. Are you using two showers at a time? Maybe you’re running a washer while showering. Once you determine your water usage, you can make an accurate decision on the tank size. Of course, much of this will depend on the size of your family.

Tub is 4 (GPM) gallons per minute

Shower 2.5 – 3 GPM

Washing Machine 2 GPM

Dishwasher 1.5 GPM

Kitchen Sink 1.5 GPM


The top three manufacturers of hot water heaters are AO Smith, Rheem, and Bradford & White and rightly so, as all three provide quality water heaters. Bradford & White can only be purchased through an authorized dealer and is the recommended brand by most plumbers and plumbing companies. Consumer Reports has a slightly different list as they rank their top four as AO Smith, General Electric, Kenmore, and Rheem. Make sure your water heater has the ®Energy Star label. Count the cost and compare features and warranty.

A huge consideration is your installation. Have your installation completed by a licensed Colorado Springs plumbing contractor near you – no exceptions! Do your diligence and make sure he or she is reputable. In our current climate with reviews so prevalent, homeowners should have no problem finding an excellent Colorado Springs plumbing services contractor who will stand behind their work if something was to go wrong.


Last but not least, consider the cost. Storage water heaters cost approximately $800 to $1700 depending on the brand, size, features, and warranty. You can expect to pay $3500 to $4000 for a tankless water heater. Another thing to keep in mind is the cost of installation. Before making a purchase check with your Colorado Springs plumbing professional to compare the installation costs between storage and tankless.


If your home is newly built or has upgraded to a new Rheem tankless water heater, do not forget to register it. For pre-existing homes, ask the seller if they have previously registered the water heater and request information on the registration. Registering Rheem tankless water heaters right away will help prevent any hassles with your warranty in case there is a problem with your water heater. If you are not sure if your water heater has been registered or is under warranty, you can check by calling Rheem at 1-800-621-5622. You will need to have your water heater’s serial number available when you call. This 10-digit number can be found on the right side of your water heater.

Contact an Experienced Colorado Springs Water Heater Installation Company Near You

If you are looking for a trusted Colorado Springs plumber to help you with any water heater issues, contact Jolly Plumbing at (719) 473-8545. These 5 signs are things that you can look for yourself to evaluate the stage of your water heater. Keep in mind that any one of these symptoms could reveal a damaged water heater. If you are uncomfortable doing anything listed above, our team of highly qualified Colorado Springs plumbers is ready to jump in and take care of any needs you may have. Give us a call today!

Jolly Plumbing is your local plumbing and heating company. We promise to offer you upstanding customer service, experienced workers, and a job done right the first time. If you have questions about your water heater, have a leak, or need a replacement, we are here to help. Call Jolly Plumbing today for any Colorado Springs plumbing issues. 


Colorado Springs Water Heater Services Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐These guys are the best around. Called them for a hot water heater and they came out the next day. Great response time. Professional installation of my new hot water heater and I'm very satisfied. Not the first time I've used them. Both times were good experiences. Will definitely call them the next time I need a plumber also. You should too. Thanks Jolly Plumbing & Heating. - Joe S. on Google

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