As of April 2015, all manufactured water heaters will be completely different. The government has authorized changes that will increase the size and energy efficiency of all tank water heaters manufactured after April 2015. If you purchase your water heater before April 2015, you can still have it installed after April 2015; however, after April, you will be required to buy one of the new models. Reichelt Plumbing wanted to inform you about the expected changes and how they will impact both our residential and commercial clients. Here are important facts about efficient water heaters in Schererville, Northwest Indiana and South Cook County Illinois.
1. Increased Energy Efficiency and Size – The new units will be larger and more energy efficient. This will cut down on energy consumption across America and should save home and business owners hundreds to thousands of dollars every year on energy cost. These regulations do impact both commercial and residential units. The only units unaffected by the changes are tankless water heaters that are already the most energy efficient models available.
2. Tankless Water Heaters – Tankless water heaters use less energy and do not require a tank. As a result, they also help conserve water. Our statistics show that those who install tankless water heaters save an average of 35% on their energy bills. These units also have almost double the life of a tank-based water heater. Talk to one of our technicians today to discover if a tankless water heater is the best option for you.
3. Installation Changes – The new tank-based water heaters will be larger and more complex, which means we may have to send two technicians out to install the unit. As a result, installation prices could increase to cover the increase in labor. The units may also require a larger space than existing units, which could mean moving the unit or creating a larger space. It’s important to consult a licensed technician if you may need a new water heater during or before April 2015.
In order to avoid a drastic increase in price, we recommend scheduling an inspection to determine how much a post 2015 model could impact your home. If the cost is too great, we recommend replacing your water heater before April of 2015 so that you can purchase a smaller unit that will fit within the pre-designated space in your home or business.