Water heater rules for increasing minimum energy efficiency standards were enacted in 2010. The product specifications will first be effective April 16, 2015, changing dimensions and increasing performance.
What The New Hot Water Heater Rules Mean To You?
Manufacturers of water heaters are making the necessary improvements to their entire lines of electric and gas water heaters to meet the new NAECA (National Appliance Energy Conservation Act) standards.
So for homeowners and other consumers in Waukesha WI, there are no worries about technology and engineering involved in the changes. However, the improvements could impact consumers in a number of ways when it is time to replace failing units.
The updated models will be more efficient than ever. That is a given. But they will also have increased physical size as part of their new profile. Like capacity hot water heaters will be two inches taller than previous models.
In addition, all like capacity models will have a diameter two inches wider as well. These design changes are needed to incorporate the technology required to achieve the US Department of Energy (DOE) minimum energy efficiency requirements for water heaters.
Hot Water Heater Reality In Waukesha WI
In meeting specific efficiency standards, some water heaters have been taken out of production. This may trigger some decisions for the average consumer. For example –
- If space is a concern, you may have to install a hot water heater with a smaller storage capacity because a unit with a similar storage capacity is likely larger in physical size than your existing water heater
- Installations in closets or alcoves may require a smaller capacity water heater
- Multi family housing locations (apartments and condos) where space is usually limited may be affected by the changes. This especially is true in installations where access is gained by using a doorway.
Of course, if the water heater you’re replacing is located in a garage or full basement, the size changes may not be a problem at all.
Timing is Everything For New Hot Water Heater Designs
The NAECA regulations effective date of April 16 2015, applies only to the manufacture of water heaters. This means manufacturers, distributors and contractors may continue to sell existing products manufactured prior to this date for an indefinite period of time.
The reality is many of the hot water heaters on the market now meet or exceed the new NAECA standards. So if size is critical for the water heater in your home, you may want to get your replacement unit before the trimmer size you may want is not available.
To learn more about the 2015 NAECA water heater standards, contact Schoenwalder Plumbing. We serve Lake Country including Waukesha, Hartland, Delafield, Pewaukee, Brookfield, Elm Grove and Dousman. Call us at 262-542-7908 or email to learn more about how the hot water heater rules might affect you.