Water heaters are getting a facelift in 2015 due in part to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). The act, which went into effect on April 16, 2015, is holding manufacturers to higher standards when it comes to producing residential water heaters. But, unlike some governmental policies, these changes have the potential to benefit homeowners in the long run in terms of increased energy efficiency, lower energy costs and increased appliance lifespan.
What Do These Changes Mean for Consumers?
During the transition from the old style of water heaters to the NAECA 2015- compliant water heaters there may be growing pains for consumers. One of the biggest changes consumers will notice is a price increase. Because manufacturers are being forced to reconfigure the way water heaters use energy, there may be additional steps or parts needed to make these changes. Unfortunately, this cost will be passed onto the consumer.
How much of a price increase can consumers expect to see? That has yet to be determined. Although it is unlikely it would be a substantial increase, the additional cost may have some consumers feeling a bit miffed about the new changes.
Do I Have to Purchase a New NAECA 2015-compliant Water Heater?
No. If you’re perfectly happy with your current water heater and it works well for you, get your money’s worth and use it until you’re forced to replace it. Are you currently looking for a new water heater to replace an inoperable unit? For consumers who don’t want to pay extra for the new and improved water heaters, stores will still carry pre-2015 compliant models until their stock is all sold out. In fact, if you’re looking for a deal, now may be the time to buy because stores are more likely to offer deep discounts to get rid of their old stock.
For consumers interested in purchasing NAECA 2015-compliant water heaters, take note of the manufacturer’s date on the model you purchase. Only water heaters manufactured after April 16, 2015, are guaranteed to have the energy-saving features required by the act.
For additional information and expert advice, contact your local Rooter Hero Plumbing professional. Knowledgeable technicians can guide you and help you make a purchase that will save you money on all your water heating needs.