New regulations set on April 16, 2015 require virtually all residential gas, electric, and oil water heaters manufactured after April 16th 2015 to meet new National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) energy efficiency standards.
While these changes reduce energy usage and save consumers money year-round, the new water heaters will have a more sophisticated design, and incorporate the latest technologies. What does this mean for you?
Water Heaters Under 55 Gallons:
- New units with the same gallon capacity as existing units may be an additional two or more inches taller, and an additional two or more inches wider
- In some cases, a new water heater may need to be re-located if the current space is inadequate.
Water Heaters Over 55 Gallons:
- New units larger than 55 gallons may require more space or potentially changing models.
- Residential electric water heaters over 55 gallons must use Hybrid Electric Heat Pumps.
- Residential gas water heaters over 55 gallons must use Condensing Storage Tanks.
If you are looking to replace your current water heater, we can help. Our professionals can assist you in this transition – including the best advice on selecting your next water heater compliant with NAECA standards and safe and proper installation of the new model. We specialize in the latest NAECA-compliant models from A.O. Smith Tanked Gas and Electric Water Heaters and Gas Tankless Water Heaters; our technicians can install and service any type of water heater in your home. Contact us at 301-881-8660 or click here to schedule a service appointment.