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New Regulations Regarding Your Water Heater

If your water heater is:

  • Over 10 years old
  • Leaking
  • Not giving you enough hot water

You will want to read on.

After April 16th, new government regulations will completely change the ways water heaters are designed, purchased, and installed. Almost ALL currently installed water heaters are affected by the new National Appliance Energy Conversion Act (NAECA) April 2015 regulations, which are designed to:

  • Reduce home appliance use
  • Conserve more water
  • Generate significant energy cost savings

Here is everything that you need to know about the new regulations:

  1. The EF Factor. The NACEA will periodically make changes to improve the Energy Factor (EF Factor). The EF factor is developed by measuring how much energy delivered to the water heater from your power source is actually being used to heat your water heater. The higher the EF, the better efficiency and cost savings you’ll receive from your water heating unit.
    Energy factor standards 2015
  2. The new regulation will impact everyone: water heating manufactures, distributors, contractors, business owners, and homeowners. All water heater types are affected as well: gas, electric, oil, and tankless. Everything made after April 16th will be in compliance with the new regulations.
  3. Purchase a new water heaters made before the April 16, 2015 date. However, if you purchase your water heater AFTER this date, you’ll see changes to the water heaters power source, size, technologies, and other design features.
  4. Get ready to find a new location and power source for your water heater. The new sizing, piping, and energy-efficient ignition requirements are making homeowners consider new spaces to store their water heaters. We can provide you with an estimate for how much it would cost to move your water heater to a different location in your home.
  5. The cost will increase substantially. Insider sources tell us consumer can expect to pay 25% more for their water heaters starting April 2015. Despite these increased costs, you’ll see cost savings from your water and utility bills in the long-run. The overall “life” of your water heater should be longer as well.
  6. There will be a hard push toward tankless water heaters. Tankless water heaters are labeled the “efficiency king” because the unit only turns on when you’re using hot water. Unlike traditional water heaters, tankless units do not store water and heat it constantly. You’ll only use hot water when you need it. The upfront cost of a tankless water heater is significantly higher than a traditional water heater, but the unit will “pay for itself” over the years through reduced utility bills. The problem with this is that it’s great in California where the weather is mild, but it’s not a great solution for the Northeast where it takes more energy to heat water in the cold months. Tankless water heaters do not have the same ability to heat really cold water.

Please call us if you need help in understanding these new regulations, explain your options, and pick out a water heater that best fits your needs. Call now to replace your water heater before prices spike at 610-449-8080.

As always, please call us with any questions about plumbing, heating and air conditioning. We’re here for you!