Department of Energy New Water Heater Mandate

By April 8, 2015Plumbing Services

New Water Heater Mandate

The new National Appliance and Energy Certification Act (NAECA) water heater standards by the Department of Energy are about to take effect on April 16th, 2015. The new mandate will require new improved efficiency ratings that virtually affect all types of water heaters: gas, electric and oil. These changes have an impact on how water heaters are designed, affecting manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, installers and customers alike. Check our previous blog for the specifics of the new water heater mandate.

How could you be affected?

✓     These new heaters will require 3 inches of extra space that most condos, apartments or multi-family properties do not have.

✓     New Federal imposed standards are forcing manufacturers to have to alter water heater designs to improve insulation.

✓     The new insulation will cause the diameter to increase significantly or reduce the capacity up to10%.

✓     The new NAECA water heaters are predicted to have a price increase of up to 40%.

What can you do about it?

✓     If your water heater is near the end of it’s lifespan, consider switching to a new one NOW. (10 yrs – Gas Water Heaters, 15 yrs – Electric Water Heaters, 20+yrs – Tankless Water Heaters)

✓     The April 15th deadline will mostly affect manufacturers. The less efficient water heaters will still be on the market for consumers.

✓     Remember, although there will be higher upfront costs in the long run you will experience lower energy bills.

Follow the link to learn more about the DOE Water Heater Regulations or contact us.