New Water Heater Regulations: What's The Hype? Savings...Eventually.

New Water Heater Regulations: What's The Hype? Savings...Eventually.

New Water Heater Regulations: What's The Hype?

Since 1990, manufacturers have been required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) energy conservation standards for residential water heaters, because these are products that use gas, oil, or electricity to heat potable water. On Friday, March 27, 2015, the DOE issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking, establishing a mathematical conversion factor for consumer water heaters and certain commercial water heaters, that will save approximately 3.3 quads of energy and $63 billion in energy bills.

New water heater regulations: What does this mean for you as a homeowner?

Effective as of April 16, 2015, only water heaters that meet the new National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) standards will be manufactured. This doesn't mean that non-conforming water heaters can't be sold or installed - but that once the old stock is gone, it's gone for good. What it does mean is that while these new water heaters are going to improve efficiency, it'll come at a price: some models will no longer be built, so there will be fewer options when it comes to size and specs. Another added cost will come from manufacturing to the new standards - manufacturers are doing their best to produce products that can directly replace the old models and still meet new standards, but production costs are looking to increase between 10% and 30%.

New water heater regulations:It's a numbers game

New water heater regulations: Under 55 gallons

NAECA New Water Heater Regulations

For water heaters that hold less than 55 gallons, the height of a new unit with the same gallon capacity may be two or more inches taller; the diameter may be two or more inches wider; and a minimum of three additional inches should be taken into consideration when planning for installation.

New water heater regulations: Over 55 gallons

Water heaters that hold more than 55 gallons will undergo the biggest changes: all residential electric models must be of the Hybrid Electric heat pump water heater type design; and all residential gas models must follow the condensing water heater type design.
NAECA New Water Heater Regulations

New water heater regulations:What can you do to prepare?

Be proactive. When it comes to your water heater and new water heater regulations, the best thing you can do is plan to replace it on your own terms, rather than letting it become a last-minute problem. You might also want to consider changing the location of your water heater - not only to allow room for the bulkier high-efficiency model, but also to help protect your home from water damage. (According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, water heater failures are one of the top five sources of residential water losses; and the average post-deductible cost of water heater-related water damage is $4,444.) When opting to move your water heater, look for safer locations that aren't as prone to water damage, such as a garage or unfinished basement as opposed to an attic or finished laundry room.

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