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Water Heater Regulation Changes, Effective April 2015

Big Changes To Water Heaters You Need To Know About

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 as follows:

  • 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 water 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?

Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric recommends you book a consultation with one of our licensed plumbers 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 affect we’ll reserve your water heater from our inventory. We’ve been installing water heaters for over 48 years.  Call us today to schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you to review your options BEFORE this change takes place. We’ll send a licensed expert to review your unique situation and find the right solution for you and your home.

Want to learn more?  Here are a few links for more information:

U.S. Department of Energy

AO Smith

 American Water Heaters

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