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2015 New Water Heater Regulations
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2015 New Water Heater Regulations

The U.S. Department of Energy has put into effect new regulations that require all manufacturers of water heaters to meet a higher energy factor (EF) rating.  Based on the new requirements, there will be significant changes to water heaters manufactured after April 15, 2015.  This includes gas-fired, oil-fired, electric, tabletop, instantaneous gas-fired and instantaneous electric.  Tankless water heaters already meet the new requirements.

How does this affect me?

Some of the changes that affect you as a consumer are:
  • Higher priced units – up to 35% more expensive.
  • Larger units – 2” taller and 2”wider, and in some cases units may be even larger.
  • More complicated installation requirements
  • Possible significant home remodeling costs if your water heater is located in a small space like a closet or attic.
These new regulations will improve the efficiency of water heaters, however, resulting in energy savings for the homeowner.

Why do I care?

According to manufacturer’s suggested service life, the average lifespan of a waterwater heater, installation, plumber, plumbing heater is about 8-12 years.

Homeowners with water heaters 10 years old or older need to seriously consider replacing it now, before the regulations go into effect and costs go up.  

What do I do next?

We recommend scheduling a service call with one of our experts who will answer any questions you may have about the new regulations, evaluate your current water heater and provide you with options on the next steps.  Then, if you decide you want to install before the new regulations take effect, we’ll reserve your water heater from our inventory.

We've been installing water heaters for almost 30 years.  We can answer all of your questions, schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you, and professionally install your new water heater for years of reliable service.

Want to learn more?

Here are a few more links with more information:

U.S. Department of Energy:  http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/product.aspx/productid/27

Rheem Water Heaters: http://www.rheem.com/products/water_heating/NAECA/

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