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Efficiency Standards

Navigating New Water Heater Standards

On April 16, 2015, higher efficiency standards will take effect for residential water heaters. All new residential water heaters produced on or after April 16, 2015 will be affected according to their power source, technologies, size, and other key design factors. Water heaters that comply with the new standards will offer increased performance and energy savings over the lifetime of the unit, however, there are important considerations for homeowners including:

  • A significant increase in the cost of a new water heater
  • A potential need to relocate the water heater and associated power and water connections
  • Limited choices in tank capacity

For an interactive guide to the new regulations, please visit our friends at Rheem.com (Oliver is a Rheem independent contractor).

Rules_regulationsAlthough many of the details regarding implementation of the new regulations are still being negotiated, Oliver and our equipment vendors are working diligently to minimize the impact on our customers and maximize their options. If your water heater is approaching the end of its lifespan, or any of the considerations below apply to your home, we urge you to act quickly while equipment manufactured prior to the implementation date is still available. As always, if you have any questions, we are here to help.

What Does This Mean for Me?

Homeowners with larger water heaters, or water heaters in tight spaces, will feel the biggest affects of these new regulations. Call Oliver to help you navigate your options if your water heater:

  • Has a tank capacity of 55 gallons or larger
  • Is located in a tight space, such as a utility closet
  • Is approaching or past 10 years old

Questions or need help determining the age of your water heater? We’re here to help. Call anytime for a free consultation.


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