Water Heater Regulations 2015

What is NAECA?

On April 16, 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) will make effective its new energy efficiency mandates, as part of the National Appliance and Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). This update will affect all household appliances manufactured for sale in the U.S., and Canada. Part of these efficiency standards update requires nearly all residential electric, oil, gas and tankless gas water heaters to carry higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings. The new rule does not apply to non-compliant products that are manufactured before April 16, 2015.

As a homeowner, what action should you take?

First, start by considering the age of your current water heater. The standard warranty for an electric water heater is 6 years. Units typically begin to show signs of significant wear after about 7-8 years. This is when risk of leaks resulting in costly property damage is the greatest.

If you find that your water heater is due for replacement, consider the following options:

  • Purchase a new water heater that meets the current standard. If you act soon, while these products with lower EF ratings are still available, you will be able to put off the entire issue with the new NAECA standards for at least another six years. Your tank capacity, and therefore your hot water usage, can remain the same, and you won’t have to worry about the equipment size increases and the resulting space considerations in your home, condo or apartment unit.
  • Upgrade to the new 2015 NAECA standards-compliant equipment now. Purchasing a more energy-efficient heater ahead of the April 16th deadline will allow you to avoid the imminent price increases on this type of equipment. Plus, you can already start enjoying the added benefits that high-efficiency equipment will bring, such as lower electricity usage and reduced energy costs.
  • Wait to act until after April 16, 2015. This decision will give you the benefit of knowing for certain just what the efficiency upgrades will entail and allow you to purchase the latest products, however you will no longer be able to opt for the currently-available lower cost equipment with lesser efficiency ratings. You will be forced to purchase 2015 standard equipment, for higher prices, and with either less capacity or larger physical dimensions.

Additional upgrade options

In addition to standard water heaters, we also carry two high efficiency water heaters that you should consider when it is time to replace your water heater.

Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater

  • 2.45 EF reduces operating cost $370 annually and costs less than 60¢ per day to operate (compared to a standard 50-gallon electric model and based on 2013 DOE average energy costs of 12¢/kwh)*
  • Operation modes: Energy Saver, Heat Pump Only, Electric Heat Only, High Demand, Vacation (2-28 days or indefinite)*
  • 12 year warranty (double the standard warranty of electric heaters)
  • Heat pumps cool the space around them by exuding cool air.

Tankless Water Heater

  • Up to .94 EF with stainless steel condensing heat exchanger.
  • Intelligent controls designed to increase energy efficiency and safety.
  • 12 years limited heat exchanger, 5 years parts
  • Offers an unbeatable combination of ultra-high efficiency and continuous hot water. Hot start programming minimizes fluctuation in water temperature.

Contact us today to get your customized quote.