Important News About Water Heaters

res-elecIn an effort to improve efficiency, the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) will impact the design and efficiency of new water heaters. These new government mandated water regulations will start on April 16th, 2015. This means that all products manufactured after this date must meet the new regulations. You can read more about the act here.

What does this mean for you?

If you have a newer, functioning water heater the new regulations don't mean much to you right now. However, if your water heater is near the end of its lifespan (around 12 years depending on the unit), it could mean a lot.

The new regulations mean the physical units will be larger, thus presenting potential problems for water heaters currently operating in tight spaces. Installations could be much more complicated than your existing system and alternative products and solutions could be a possibility.

What can I do now?

All products manufactured AFTER April 16, 2015 must meet all of the regulations. However, contractors like CroppMetcalfe are permitted to install water heaters before that date that meet today's simpler, smaller guidelines. While it is also true that products made before April 16th can still be installed indefinitely, since they won't be produced anymore after that date, there will be a limited supply as companies run out of stock.

If your current water heater is near the end of its life and/or is in an area that might make installing a larger one difficult, schedule an appointment with CroppMetcalfe today to have one of our 5-Star Plumbing experts evaluate your situation and recommend a product that best suits your needs.