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Water Heaters will be larger…..

03/26/2015
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How will that impact you?

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Our well intentioned regulators are at it again. This time it’s The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with new regulations regarding minimum energy efficiency requirements for water heaters. The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) has been updated with new rules that go into effect on April 16, 2015. http://www.hotwater.com/naeca/

So why is this important? Those energy efficiency improvements will impact you in a number of ways when replacing your existing water heater. The new water heaters will cost more than today’s units. More important; the new water heaters will be 2”+ wider & taller. If the water heater is located in a garage or full basement with open space, the size changes may not be a problem at all. However, if your water heater is located in an area where space is limited by a narrow doorway, closet or alcove, fitting a larger unit in the same space may present a challenge. There will likely be additional expenses to enlarge the existing space as well. That is, assuming it is possible to enlarge the space.

According to the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors the average life span of a typical water heater is 10 years. If your water heater is nearing the end of its useful life and it is located in a tight space what do you do to avoid the challenges of retro fitting the space? You have two choices. You can buy a replacement water heater before the existing supply is exhausted and store it until the old one needs replacing. The other solution is to go tankless. If you need help evaluating the best solution for you just ask and I’ll gladly connect with the perfect plumber for the job (of course).

If you would rather find a new home with a new water heater, I’m happy to help with that too. Simply contact me TODAY to begin. Can’t wait to get started? Just follow this link:
http://www.debbybraun.com/search_atlanta_mls_listings.asp

-Debby

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