2015 Water Heater Efficiency Regulation Changes

The water regulation changes which affect all heaters produced after April 16, 2015 are aimed at increasing efficiency up to 30 percent. This means that if your efficiency is not above 0.82, you will be affected. There are several steps that manufacturers will have to take so as to ensure that you comply. Here are some of the ways through which the 2015 Water Heater Regulation Changes are likely to affect you:

Fitting The Tank

You need to note that since the new tanks are not going to be the same size, you should already be thinking about the size of your closet or the door. Things such as taking the door jambs off so as to bring in the water tank or relocating the tank altogether are going to be common. What is more important to note about this is that there is going to be a charge for it.

Increase In Manufacturer Prices

Since there is going to be a re-tooling in the production lines, an increase in the prices is inevitable. The fact that materials costs are going to increase due to the addition to insulation to the tanks does not make things any better. You just have to be prepared for an increase in the retail price.

The Need For Custom Installation Solutions

Another effect of the 2015 water heater efficiency regulation charges is that there will be a higher level of creativity required so as to fit some apartments as well as homes.  There also will be some planning by the installer. Because of this, you need to hire a team that has the experience to do that.


The good news is that some large tanks may be sold at discounted prices. However, there also are tanks that will have to be phased out altogether and since their replacements have not been seen yet, it is hard to speculate what will happen when they finally come.

You definitely must be thinking about what you will do after going through all this. The best thing is to act faster than alter. If your tank has been in use for almost ten years, the best option is to just replace it altogether.

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