Water Heater Regulation Updates

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Water Heater Repair Fort Collins, Water Heater Replacement Fort Collins

There are adjustments that will be taking effect in April 2015 from the federal government on water heater codes.  The new requirements deal with the efficiency of all newly produced water heaters.

What Will New Water Heater Standards Mean to Fort Collins Homeowners?Water Heater Repair Fort Collins CO

Well the higher efficiency criteria will be a good factor naturally.  Even so, it will additionally increase the expense of new water heaters.  The price increase will be due to the additional cost of manufacturing the water heaters with more insulation in them.  A side effect of doing so, will increase the measurements of the water heaters.  So if a property owner is changing the present one, the new gas water heater storage tank will likely consume more room, which can be an problem if the current area the storage tank is in is a restricted fit.

One other modification is for 55 gallon water heaters or larger will need to change to a PVC flue, for metal pipes aren’t going to be permitted any more. This will lead to an extra cost it the flue pipes have to be replaced when putting in a new water heater.

Water Heater Repair Fort Collins is not recommending that one ought to go out before April 2015 and shop for a new water heater, but if ones present water heater is more than ten years of age, it is getting near to the end of its life cycle. One can simply wait, however in so doing, the newly produced water heater will need to satisfy the new, more expensive requirements.  One is able to shop for currently available water heaters ahead of the deadline day, and may opt to do this.

As reported by www.wtae.com …. an “older-model 40-gallon tank is estimated to cost homeowners $277 a year to operate. The new models are estimated to cost $263.”

Here’s what the Department of Energy has to state:
“Standards mandatory in 2015 will save approximately 3.3 quads of energy and result in approximately $63 billion in energy bill savings for products shipped from 2015-2044. The standard will avoid about 172.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of about 33.8 million automobiles.”

The following video by Rheem details the new codes effectively:

Do not forget to call us with any inquiries on a new water heater installation or replacement.  Water Heater Repair Fort Collins CO is always here for you!