Effective April 16, 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) will adopt new water heater regulations in an effort to help conserve energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The DOE is requiring manufacturers to update code restrictions and add more insulation which will require additional ventilation. These changes effect all water heater manufacturing practices on gas, oil, and electric models which will hike prices from manufacturing to wholesalers, installers and onto consumers.
At Stark Services, we understand that you may have a few questions and we are here to help. Here are the most common we’ve encountered since this issue has been made public:
No. The new regulations affect only NEW water heaters manufactured after April 16, 2015 requiring them to meet the new standard.
The number of water heaters built under the old regulations are dwindling fast. In fact, some plumbing companies are discounting their current water heater inventories, but expect these deals to disappear quickly–very soon after April 16, 2015. As they battle rising costs, wholesalers and retailers alike will try to 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.