Water Heater Changes New Standards April 16, 2015
A new update to the rules for increasing minimum energy efficiency for Water Heater standards was enacted in 2010 and goes into effect on April 16, 2015. Plumb Right Plumbing is taking the proper steps to be prepared for NAECA regulations so you don’t have to worry about these changes by replacing your water heater before April 16, 2015.
NAECA 2015—What Does It Mean?
Water Heaters Under 55 Gallons
The height of a new unit with the same gallon capacity as an existing unit may be two or more inches taller The diameter of a new unit that has the same gallon capacity as an existing unit may be two or more inches wider For units under 55 gallons, add a minimum of three or more inches when planning the space
For installations where space is not an issue, units of similar gallon capacity but larger in physical size can be installed. For installations where space is an issue, a similar unit with smaller gallon capacity may be installed or a unit with different technology like a tankless unit may be a good option.
Confined Spaces and Attics
Because of the limited space getting the water heater through a stairwell will not be possible without the service of a carpenter or handyman the frame of the stairwell may have to be removed to gain access. If the water heater is too close to the rafters in an attic this will create a fire hazard leaving little option but to move it to a safer location this will require roofing work because of the vent flue on gas water heaters. If your water heater is located in other areas of the house such as a closet or an attic going tank-less or going with a smaller capacity water heater will be consumer’s only options.
Because of these new changes we are seeing a big demand of customers who want to get ahead of these new changes by either going tank-less or replacing their existing water heaters now. There has never been a better time to replace your water heater, though the reality is eventually you will or someone else will pay these cost they can still be avoided for another 6 to 10 years for most consumers if they replace their water heater before April 16, 2015.
We Can Help
Whether you need water heater installation in Houston or expert advice regarding installation or maintenance of your existing unit, we’re the experts to call. Plumb Right Plumbing Is Factory Certified For Bradford White , State and Rheem water heaters. These high-quality water heaters are only available to professionally licensed plumbing contractors — people whose knowledge, skill and experience ensure that the right water heater gets installed the right way – every time.
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