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” tall 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?
Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling recommends you book a consultation
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 affect we’ll reserve your water
heater from our inventory.
We’ve been installing water heaters for over 101 years. We can answer
all of your questions, tell you about
interest-free financing, schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you, and professionally
install your new water heater for years of reliable service.