Durham Water Heater Replacement – The New Water Heater Regulations

March 15, 2015

As of April 15th this year, the DOE is changing national efficiency standards for water heaters nationwide. Manufacturers will stop selling current models, and our plumbers will only be able to install the newer models. What does that mean for homeowners in Raleigh and Durham? The experts at JD Service Now want you to be in the know so you can make the best decision for your own hot water. For more information, call JD Service Now today!

How Will the 2015 Efficiency Standard Changes Effect Your Home?

Once the new regulations for water heater efficiency go into effect, manufacturers will only produce upgraded devices. You won’t be able to find a direct replacement of your current water heater if it breaks. If you need water heater replacement after April, you’ll have to make adjustments to your home in order to fit the new devices!  Typically, the new water heater models cost up to 35% more and are 2″ wider and taller (due to having more extensive insulation).

Some homeowners will have to extend their access lines to fit the new models ? if your utility room or water heater closet is too small, you may even need to take out the entire wall! Plus, if your water heater breaks and you do need to research an upgrade, you’ll be without hot water in the meantime.

The experts at JD Plumbing suggest that you install a new water heater before the deadline. Get a direct replacement before April, and you won’t need to worry about the efficiency standards for another 10 years! If you see the warning signs of wear and tear on your current water heater model, consider investing in a replacement today ? call for a consultation today.

5 Warning Signs  of Water Heater Failure:

Don’t wait until your current water heater breaks, because if it happens after April 15th you’ll be out of luck for a direct replacement! If you notice any of the following, it’s time for water heater replacement.

  1. Leaks from the Storage Tank
  2. Visible Rust or Corrosion
  3. Insufficiently Heated Water
  4. Bad Odors from the Device
  5. Past Warranty (older than 6 years)

You can save money and time by performing your water heater replacement now rather than later when it becomes difficult and expensive. Call the water heater experts at JD Plumbing today!