Government mandate on water heaters


Behind the 8 ball
Commencing in April of 2015 all water heaters will become federally mandated to meet guaranteed and certified energy savings that will save you on your energy costs. Loosely translated this means and will affect all water heaters and specifically targets water heaters with a capacity of 50 gallons and above. What that means to you the consumer is you must surrender additional money to replace your water heater and to earn the energy savings.

All water heater manufacturers will be obliged to meet specific challenges with energy ratings that will match an energy percentage saved. A few years ago this was accomplished by switching from fiberglass insulation to foam insulation. To maintain certain specifications such as size to meet dimension limitations in condos and apartment buildings the manufacturers decided to decrease the volume of water in the tanks to keep the same size tank.

Simply stated a 40 gallon water heater decreased in volume from 40 to 38 gallons. To meet the new federally mandated water heaters any size below 50 gallons will either have to greatly decrease in the volume of water in order to fit size constraints and meet the energy demands. What this means to the consumer is all manufacturers will have to retool their companies? This means the cost of the smaller water heaters will increase dramatically conversely decrease in water capacity.

Larger electric water heaters will become a hybrid type heater. In order to meet the federally mandated energy rating a heat pump system must be installed on top of the heater. This will at least triple the cost of the heater plus install. In addition to this new requirement many of the local communities are demanding a permit and inspection be added to the cost of the water heater. This also includes an electrical permit to upgrade the electric to meet new codes. This means an electrician is now required. Keep in mind the plumbing company will need to have people on their staff take time to pull the permit, the cost of the permit will not be the cost at the permit office. Some areas are still in the 1900’s and do not use the computer as an effective office tool and this forces a company to physically send someone to the permit office and this at times can take hours. I have waited 4 hours in a permit office and someone is responsible to pay this added costs associated with water heater installs.

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Our recommendation is to install water heaters today especially if your water heater is passed the factory warranty stage. Schedule your appointment with Bill the Plumber Inc. at 941-924-8418 to discuss the changes and whether or not you should replace your existing. Become proactive instead of reactive.

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