New Water Heater Regulations Will Cost You In April

February 10, 2015

Do you have a water heater that's 8-10+ years old?

Consider upgrading to a new one now, or you’ll pay more after April 15, 2015 due to new water heater regulations.

These regulations require that water heater manufacturers meet higher energy efficiency standards for their new water heaters.

For you, this means that newer water heaters (including gas, electric and oil) will cost more to buy and—for some—to install.

How this affects you

Higher priced units— Because manufacturers have to re-tool production lines and add more insulation to tanks, unit prices will be up to 35% more expensive.

Possible increased installation cost— New units will be about 2 inches taller and 2 inches larger in diameter because they have more insulation. This makes them harder to install in smaller spaces like attics or closets.

You’ll either have to take off door jams to bring the unit in or have the water heater relocated—both will cost you extra during the installation.

Also, some gas water heaters will require new and larger venting.

What should I do now?

The average life expectancy of a tank water heater is 8-12 years.

If your water heater is 10+ years old, consider replacing it now before the new regulations kick in and costs go up.

Contact Plumbing Today for a free water heater estimate.

We’ll evaluate your current water heating needs and provide you with options you can take advantage of before the regulations kick in. Also, we can answer any questions you may have about the regulation changes.

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