Are you prepared?

On April 16th, 2015, there will be significant changes to water heater energy factor (EF) requirements as the result of updates to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). These new requirements will require higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings on virtually all residential gas, electric, oil, and tankless gas water heaters, completely altering the water heater landscape.

Q: How will the 2015 standards affect the water heater industry?

The 2015 NAECA energy efficiency mandates will require higher EF ratings on virtually all residential gas, electric and oil fired water heaters. These changes will have an impact on how water heaters are designed, manufactured, distributed and installed, affecting manufacturers, wholesalers, installers, and customers alike.

Q: What does this all mean for the wholesaler and installer?

The implications are many for the wholesaler and installer. With the size and weight of the products changing, manufacturing, costs, transportation, storage, and installation will all be affected. The new technologies will require additional product and installation training, and when on the job, new space, venting, and condensate removal requirements may exist.

Q: What does this mean for you?

  • Residential gas water heaters 55 gallons or less will increase in size by 2” taller and wider, which may not fit in existing locations, requiring extensive remodeling.
  • Gas water heaters larger than 55 gallons will require new venting to exterior and possible condensate drain installation.
  • Electric water heaters under 55 gallons will also increase in size by 2” in height and width.
  • Electric water heaters over 55 gallons will likely require integrated heat pumps.
  • All residential water heaters under 55 gallons can expect a price increase of 25%.
  • Replacing your old water heater now before the new requirements take effect could save you hundreds of dollars!


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