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Important Consumer Information RE: Your Water Heater

Feb. 19, 2015
Is your water heater running out of hot water too fast? ... Is it close to 10 years old? ...  Have you been thinking about replacing it? ... The new water heater regulations from the U.S. Department of Energy are changing and will require you to make a decision about the future of your water heater, sooner rather than later.

The U.S. Department of Energy issued new energy efficiency regulations that require higher energy factor (EF) ratings on virtually all residential gas, electric, oil, and tankless gas water heaters, effective April 16, 2015. Based on the legislation to increase efficiency standards from 2010, significant changes to water heaters manufactured after April 15, 2015 will take effect.

How does this affect you?
Every homeowner should have the age and performance of their water heater assessed. A licensed plumber can flush and televise the inside of the tank, then show you the internal condition of your water heater. Having your water  heater flushed can help extend the life of newer systems or help you prepare for necessary next steps if it’s an older, more deteriorated water heater.
The average life span or service life of a water heater is eight to 12 years according to manufacturers. After considering the status of your water heater, you may consider investing in a replacement before prices increase, the new regulations take place, and the current efficiency standard water heaters are all sold.  You may choose to upgrade to a tankless water heater which, in most cases, already meets the new higher energy factor ratings.

The Cost of Waiting
Manufacturers are still allowed to make the current version of water heaters until April 15, 2015. This means there is a limited supply of lower-cost, acceptable-standard water heaters that will be available after the deadline. Here are a few major reasons not to wait:
• New efficiency units will be higher priced – up to 35% more expensive
• Larger units – 2” taller and 2” wider, and in some cases units may be even larger
• More complicated installation requirements
• Possible significant home remodeling costs if the water heater is located in a small space like a closet or attic

Replacement Options
For installations where space is not an issue, units of similar gallon capacity but larger in physical size can be installed. For installations where space is an issue, a similar unit with smaller gallon capacity may be installed or a unit with different technology, like a tankless water heater, may be a good option.

Call 248-430-7108 or visit our website at ThorntonAndGrooms.com for more information.  We will schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you and our plumbers will answer all of your questions and explain our interest-free financing options.
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