If your water heater is in excess of 6 years (or nearing it), you may want to consider changing the heater sooner than later. If in doubt, schedule us to come evaluate your heater and provide a comprehensive free home plumbing evaluation at no charge.
The new 2015 DOE (Department of Energy) Final Rule energy efficiency mandates (effective April 16th, 2015) require higher Energy Factor (EF) rating on virtually all residential gas, electric, oil and tankless water heaters.
It is rumored that water heater manufacturers are no longer manufacturing heaters that do not comply with the new mandates.
How are water heaters affected by the new changes?
The cost of the new compliant waters heater is projected to double.
Water heaters will increase in diameter to accommodate additional insulation required to better improve efficiency.
How does impact homeowners?
Aside from rising costs for materials and the cost to comply with increasingly more stringent code requirements, existing homes with limited closet space will be faced with even further financial burdens.
It is purported that the new heaters will not fit in many existing enclosures. This will leave the homeowner with several options; all of which increase the installation expense.
Option I – Go Tankless
Tankless water heaters have become very good options. Many of the problems associated with tankless heaters have been resolved. Manufacturers have developed products that make retrofitting significantly less expensive. When space is limited, a tankless heater is a very good solution.
Option II – Relocation
Relocating a water heater is no small task. When pursued, water heaters are commonly relocated to the garage.
Regardless of the location, the water and drain lines(to include the T&P and/or the drain) need to be routed to accommodate the new heater. For gas heaters, a new vent system and gas outlet must be installed. Electric heaters will need to have an electrical service installed.
Option III – Downsize and Equip
It is purported that the new 40 gallon heaters will be either the same diameter as current 50 gallon heaters or negligibly larger. Manufacturers are expected to offer a booster pump which will increase the output of 40 gallon heaters significantly. With the added output, consumers will notice little to no difference in the performance of the heater compared to that of the larger tank unit.
If your water heater is in excess of 6 years (or nearing it), changing your water heater now may result in significant savings should you wait and need to replace it later. Should you elect to take action and replace your heater, we strongly recommend that you understand the maintenance requirements of the heater to maximize its value.
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