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Big Changes to Hot Water Heaters in 2015

New Changes to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) to take affect April 2015


What is the NAECA?

The NAECA was enacted in 1975 to create uniform efficiency standards for certain household appliances including refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, dryers and water heaters.

What are the New NAECA Standards?

Energy Factor 2015To help reduce home appliance energy use, conserve more natural resources and generate energy cost savings to homeowners, the NAECA has increased the necessary Energy Factor (EF) on water heaters, among other items.

Effective as of APRIL 16th, 2015, water heaters must have an EF rating of .94.

That means that 94% of energy used is converted to hot water.

What does EF mean?

Bradford WhiteThe Energy Factor is the unit that is used to indicate the overall water heating efficiency by measuring how much of the energy is delivered to the water heater from your power source is actually used to heat water in your home.  The closer to 1 for the EF, the more efficiently the water heater converts your power into hot water while reducing losses – and the more money you save on overall energy costs.  As of April 16th, 2015, all residential water heaters manufactured in the U.S. on and after this date must meet the .94 EF standard from the NAECA.

Fox Plumbing & Heating’s Response to This Change

Fox Plumbing & Heating knows that these new money saving units are a great thing for our friends, neighbors, family and customers.  It will mean that there will be a number of new issues to consider when purchasing a new water heater following April 15th, 2015.

What You Can Expect as a Homeowner

Navien TanklessAccording to Harvey M. Sachs, Ph.D. and Senior Fellow at the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE), “That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an increased first cost....” and that is where Fox Plumbing & Heating comes in to help our friends, neighbors and family.  The average life of a traditional water heater is 10 years.  If your water heater is approaching 10 years or just over then now is the time to upgrade to a tankless water heater, or call Fox Plumbing & Heating to replace your existing water heater with another standard water heater.  Fox Plumbing & Heating has a limited inventory of traditional water heaters that we’ve purchased to offer to you.  Act now to avoid additional costs and possible remodels to your home with these new energy efficient water heaters.

Other Costs to be Aware of

  • Potential Relocation of Water Heaters 
    Most of us that live in Seattle or King County have had water heaters previously sized for our homes, but these new units will both be taller and wider.  These heights are being approximated at around two inches taller and two inches wider for most models.  That means you may need to relocate your water heater when replacing it or enlarging where it’s currently located.
  • Water Heaters Becoming More Comprehensive
    From the initial training for Fox Plumbing & Heating’s Plumbing Professionals, it appears that these new water heaters will be much more complex when installing them.  This means that your Do It Yourself (DIY) home professional will no longer be able to install these units over the weekend.  Currently, all Fox Plumbing & Heating technicians are being trained on these new techniques from a number of manufacturers, including; Rheem, Bradford White and A.O. Smith.
  • New EF Water Heaters Will be Heavier Units
    These new units have been projected at being twice as heavy as the current units.  This is because these newer units have more components and more insulation to help them meet necessary EF requirements for April 15th.  Fox Plumbing & Heating has been advised that these new installations will now be, on average, a two man installation.  While these units may become lighter in the future, you’re going have adjust your expectations to pay for two plumbing professionals to help you install your new water heater.

If you’re concerned about any of these potential costs, and your water heater is over 8 years old then Call Fox Plumbing & Heating to come out to take a look at your water heater and discuss your options.  Planning ahead for this change over will help you to keep small problems from becoming large ones.

You might want to also consider the option of endless hot water by switching your current system to a tankless water heater.  These units are perfect for Seattle and King County families of three or more who all need hot water in the morning.  A tankless water heater is much more efficient and can save you thousands on your annual water bill.  Even these new energy water heaters are not as efficient as a tankless water heater.  And tankless water heaters are now more competitively priced than previous models, and Fox Plumbing & Heating has a number of options and makes to fit your needs.  Fox Plumbing & Heating also provides financing to help our neighbors, friends and families with all of your plumbing and heating costs.

Our Specials

Our 50th Anniversary was just last year, and we are continuing the party with these great specials until the end of 2015.  Below are just some of the specials that Fox Plumbing & Heating offers.  You can like us on Facebook and Twitter to get special offers from Fox Plumbing & Heating.

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