New Changes to Water Heater Regulations

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Water Heater Repair Alpharetta GA, Water Heater Replacement Alpharetta GA

There are adjustments that will be taking effect in April 2015 from the federal government on water heater codes.  The new requirements deal with the efficiency of all newly made water heaters.

What Will New Water Heater Standards Mean to Alpharetta Homeowners?Hot Water Heater Repair Alpharetta GA

First of all the higher efficiency criteria will be a good factor obviously.  Nevertheless, it will likewise increase the price of new water heaters.  The price increase will be due to the extra cost of producing the water heaters with more insulation in them.  A side effect of doing so, will increase the dimensions of the water heaters.  So if a property owner is upgrading the existing one, the new gas water heater storage tank will most likely occupy more room, which can be an challenge if the current area the storage tank is in is a close fit.

An additional modification is for 55 gallon water heaters or larger will need to switch to a PVC flue, for metal pipes won’t be permitted any longer. This will lead to an additional cost it the flue pipes have to be replaced when putting in a new water heater.

Water Heater Repair Alpharetta GA is not indicating that one has to go out before April 2015 and shop for a new water heater, but if ones existing water heater is more than ten years of age, it is getting near to the end of its life cycle. One can simply wait, however in so doing, the newly produced water heater will need to satisfy the new, more expensive specifications.  One is able to shop for currently available water heaters prior to the deadline day, and may consider to do this.

Reported by www.wtae.com …. an “older-model 40-gallon tank is estimated to cost homeowners $277 a year to operate. The new models are estimated to cost $263.”

This is what the Department of Energy has to state:
“Standards mandatory in 2015 will save approximately 3.3 quads of energy and result in approximately $63 billion in energy bill savings for products shipped from 2015-2044. The standard will avoid about 172.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of about 33.8 million automobiles.”

The following video by Rheem details the new rules effectively:

Do not forget to call us with any thoughts on a new water heater installation or replacement.  Hot Water Heater Repair Alpharetta GA is always here for you!