Charlotte Plumber Advice: Why the 2015 Changes in Water Heater Size Will Matter to You

Charlotte Water Heater Repair and Replacement Experts Provide Advice

Homeowners need to educate themselves about the 2015 changes in water heater size (effective mid-April 2015). Why? Because this change in size is going to affect any homeowners who need water heaters installed in attics, crawl space, or underneath a furnace unit in a condo.

An Explanation of What the 2015 Changes Are

If you will need to replace your hot water heater in the new year, there has been a recent change in how heaters are to be manufactured and installed. The Department of Energy has introduced new regulations regarding the way hot water heaters use energy, whether they’re gas, oil or electric.

In an effort to conserve the energy used in your home, heaters will be more energy efficient (which means they will do more work with the same or less energy – and decrease your power bills in the process!). Though an excellent idea, these new regulations will likely cause homeowners some stress. Across the board, no matter how your heater is powered, all new models will be significantly larger than before, and slightly more expensive. They will also require more professional maintenance over time, due to their more complex design.

How the 2015 Changes Will Affect You

Practically, this means that if your gas heater is housed in the attic, crawl space or under a furnace in a condo, it will be challenging if not impossible to replace it with a new model. You would have to tear out walls, widen doorways, or make other significant changes to your home in order to install it.

This means you could get stuck without hot water for several days if different trades are involved and coordinating those trades becomes tough to handle, especially if you need to widen the area in order to make the new heater fit. In many cases, a tankless heater may become the only option, and even that requires other trades and is hard to achieve the day they of, especially when homeowners are desperate to get hot water.

Imagine what this could mean if your water heater goes out in February, and you have no hot water for several days! Not fun. We've watched customers go through this already.

Fortunately, there are solutions to make the transition to a larger heater a more painless process.

1. Go Tankless

The simplest answer is to make the investment in a tankless heater. Prior to the new regulations, tankless heaters were among the most expensive on the market. While they are still pricey, they will provide the least amount of stress during installation and maintenance, giving you far more value over time. They are far smaller and less impactful on your space, they are more energy efficient overall, and they never run out of hot water. You also won't need to widen a space in order to install the tankless water heater.

2. Be Proactive

Another solution is to proactively replace your water heater before it gives out. Most tank water heaters last 10-15 years. If your water heater is getting old and is in a tight space, you'll want to think about replacing it before it stops working so you can work with the plumber to find a solution before you run out of hot water.

Your water heater loses efficiency as it gets older anyway, so replacing it at year 12 instead of waiting until it dies completely at year 12-and-a-half is a smart move. You'll save on water heating costs, since an inefficient water heater is costly. 

Need a Charlotte water heater repair or replacement specialist?

E.R. Services is open 24/7, 365 days a year. You don’t need to take time off work or wait until the morning because we never charge extra for nights or weekends. Just give us a call at 704-269-1066 or use our online contact form.

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The following video does a pretty good job of showing how the change will affect installations. We hope it helps you prepare for the day your water heater stops working!

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2 comments on “Charlotte Plumber Advice: Why the 2015 Changes in Water Heater Size Will Matter to You

  1. David Parker on

    John, The units should be flushed once a year and the incoming filter cleaned out as well. The service if you have a service valve kit installed on your unit is right at $150.00 for the task and cleaning solution. We have 69.00 dispatch fee as well.

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