In an effort to help conserve energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the Department of Energy (DOE) has initiated new water heater regulations that will take effect in April 16, 2015. Besides updating code restrictions, the DOE is requiring manufacturers to add more insulation which will require additional ventilation. These changes will effect gas, oil, and electric water heater manufacturing practices and require higher prices from manufacturing to wholesalers, installers and onto consumers.
We understand that you may have a few questions. Know that we’re here to help. In the meantime, you may find these Frequently Asked Questions helpful:
Absolutely not. These regulations will require all NEW water heaters manufactured after April 16, 2015 to meet the new standard making them more expensive.
Now is a great time to consider a new water heater, but the inventories on the water heaters built under the old regulations are dwindling. Some plumbing companies are discounting their current water heater inventories, but soon–especially after April 16, 2015–we expect these deals to disappear. Wholesalers and retailers will battle rising costs of the new models and move any inventory of older models.
Manufacturers are not required to stop making their products with current standards until after April 16, 2015, so these models can still be sold while supplies last.
All companies that sell and install water heaters will need to train their staff on the requirements as a result of the new regulations. Installation practices will vary by manufacturer and require more care and attention to detail. At Church Services, our expert plumbers have already begun to be trained on the new water heater practices and are ready for when the new models hit the marketplace.