Is Your Water Heater Affected by 2015 Government Regulation Changes?
Have you heard about the new water heater regulations that recently went into effect April 16, 2015? These new water heater efficiency factor (EF) standards could impact your home and purchase costs when it’s time to upgrading or replacing the water heater. Here’s what you may expect to encounter with these new regulations: New Water Heater Regulations The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), which was approved by the U.S. Congress, calls for a 3 to 30 percent increase in water heater EF for virtually all residential storage water heaters manufactured after April 16, 2015. The new water heater regulations will be administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) administers, which also oversees the Energy Star program. If you are currently in the market, or soon will be, for a water heater replacement or new installation, the NAECA could affect you in one or more of the following ways:
- To meet higher EF ratings, new water heaters may cost up to 35 percent more than standard models. Condensing and heat pump technologies may be necessary to meet the higher EF, which is part of the reason for higher costs.
- PVC venting is mandatory for water heaters with 55-gallon capacity or greater. This means venting modifications for the vast majority of homes and condos.
- Water heaters meeting new regulations are slightly larger than age-old standard storage water heaters. This too could mean many households will need to modify home structure to accommodate the larger systems.