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Why You Should Replace Your Water Heater Before April 16, 2015

Posted by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel on Wed, Feb 04, 2015 @ 03:27 AM

Contact_Bornstein_Sons_to_replace_your_water_heater_before_the_2015_energy_mandateGot a Water Heater? 
Is it more than 8 years old?

Here's why you're going to want to replace it now!

Here's the new water heater mandate. Water heaters sold starting April 16, 2015 must comply!

2015 Water Heater Mandate  

  • In order for water heaters to be more energy efficient changes will be made to the height and width of the tanks.Venting requirements will change.
    • This could potentially create a problem for homeowners and renters that have water heaters installed in closets (most condominiums and townhome communities) or homeowners that have finished basements and have enclosed their water heaters.
  • Depending on how and where your vent piping is located, a potential change might cause interior and exterior modifications.
  • Certain larger tank size water heaters (66 and 80 gallon electric; 75 gallon gas) will be discontinued and replaced by newer models that may not be exact replacements in capacity

How does this affect you?

Other than the fact that the size restrictions may cause you some headaches, here's the biggest concern:

  • Manufacturers will cease to produce more water heaters than they can sell at the current speciications.
  • Suppliers will not purchase more water heaters than they can sell to Professional Contractors.
  • Plumbing Contractors will not stock or install water heaters that will not pass regulation standards.
  • The dimensions of the new water heters will be larger and therefore may not fit in the present location which could cause structural changes to accommodate a replacement in the future.
  • Prices are predicted to increase between $500 and $1,000 per water heater!

What should you do?

It's in your best interest to consider the replacement of your water heater prior to this major change takes effect.

Contact your local licensed plumber  for more details. If you provide the model and serial number of your existing water heater, your professional plumbing contractor will be able to tell you the age of your water heater.


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