water-damage-denver-water-heaterIn April of 2015, new federal mandates went into effect for water heater manufacturers all over the country. These new regulations will help decrease the amount of water damage experienced in the Denver area due to faulty or outdated units, but it will also have an impact on homeowners. The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) of 1975 issues these mandates to cut back on the energy uses of home appliances in order to produce higher energy efficiencies. The NAECA is responsible for developing uniform efficiency standards for household appliances including clothes washers and dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, and water heaters.

Because of new and advancing technologies, the NAECA occasionally requires higher energy efficiencies measure by Energy Factor (EF) ratings on almost all gas, electric, oil, and even tankless gas water heaters. The EF of the unit indicates overall water heating efficiency by measuring how much energy is delivered to the water heater from the power source is used to heat your water. The higher the EF, the more effectively your unit is converting power into hot water. Conserving more natural resources and reducing home appliance energy use will save homeowners a considerable amount of money in the long run. However, there can be early costs to change over to a new unit.

New water heaters with a water tank will be required to be smarter, safer, better insulated, and more efficient. All of these new changes can prove problematic, especially if the utility closet in your home is already lacking in sufficient space or is already cramped. If you need to replace your water heater, the space could require modifications or a build out in order to fit the new models. New water heaters of the same capacity will likely be larger than previous models. This is because of the extra space needed to accommodate the increase in insulation to reach the new energy efficiency standards. Electric water heaters will also be larger in diameter and height due to integrated heat pumps, also part of new energy saving features.

New gas models could mean more advanced flues or chimneys, not to mention updated plumbing. Gone are the old standard pilot flames in exchange for the incorporation of electronic ignitions. If your current model is already a tight fit for the current space, you should act quickly to see if any older models are still available. When inventories sell out, they won’t be manufactured again, forcing you into the newer, larger models.

These new changes to the already complex water heater standards will take considerably more work and attention to detail and safety in order to install successfully. These are not jobs for the Do-It-Yourselfer. Installing the new water heaters based on the new requirements also requires compliance with the new building codes as well. It is of the utmost importance you choose skilled <a href=”http://nubilt.com/general-contracting-denver”>general contractors</a> to remove your old unit and install the new one.