Changes to Water Heater Regulations

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Water Heater Repair Sterling VA, Water Heater Replacement Sterling VA

There are adjustments that will be occurring in April 2015 from the federal government on water heater laws.  The new requirements deal with the efficiency of all newly produced water heaters.

What Will New Water Heater Standards Mean to Sterling Homeowners?Hot Water Heater Repair Sterling VA

Well the higher efficiency specifications will be a good factor naturally.  Even so, it will undoubtedly increase the expense of new water heaters.  The price increase will be due to the additional cost of manufacturing the water heaters with more insulation in them.  A side effect of doing so, will increase the measurements of the water heaters.  So if a property owner is changing the present one, the new gas water heater storage tank will likely consume more room, which may be an dilemma if the current area the storage tank is in is a restricted fit.

One other modification is for 55 gallon water heaters or larger will need to change to a PVC flue, for metal pipes aren’t going to be permitted any more. This will lead to an extra cost it the flue pipes have to be replaced when putting in a new water heater.

We are not recommending that one is required to go out before April 2015 and purchase a new water heater, but if ones present water heater is more than ten years of age, it is getting near to the end of its life cycle. One can simply wait, however in so doing, the newly produced water heater will need to satisfy the new, more expensive requirements.  One is able to purchase currently available water heaters ahead of the deadline day, and may opt to do this.

Reported by www.wtae.com …. an “older-model 40-gallon tank is estimated to cost homeowners $277 a year to operate. The new models are estimated to cost $263.”

Here’s what the Department of Energy has to state:
“Standards mandatory in 2015 will save approximately 3.3 quads of energy and result in approximately $63 billion in energy bill savings for products shipped from 2015-2044. The standard will avoid about 172.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of about 33.8 million automobiles.”

The following video by Rheem describes the new codes effectively:

Do not think twice to get in touch with us with any inquiries on a new water heater installation or replacement.  We are always here for you!