In April 2015 new regulations went into effect on water heaters. While the goal of these new regulations is to make water heaters more energy efficient a by product of this goal has caused water heaters to grow in size.
Now manufacturers are making bigger waters heaters that still hold the same amount of water. The change in dimensions isn’t ridiculously different, about 2-3 inches wider and taller for tanks holding less than 55 gallons, but big enough that replacing older water heaters that are in tight fitting spaces could tricky.
Here’s a brief video from AO Smith explaining these new regulations and how they impact homeowners.
While these new regulations are now in effect you may not be impacted by this for a while. Water heaters that have already been manufactured and are sitting in warehouses and stores across the United States can still be sold and installed in homes without worry of violating any regulations or laws.
What Happens When You Need A New Water Heater
For most homeowners, their water heater is currently located in their basement. So there isn’t much to worry about when the time comes to replace your water heater.
If you live in a condo or other multi-unit building where space is limited you may have to consider other options for a new water heater. A smaller tank or even a tank-less water heater might be the route you have to go. People who have their water heaters inside closets or other storage spaces may experience the same issue when installing a new water heater.
If you do have questions regarding water heaters or any of other heating & cooling or air quality needs please call or email.
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