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New Water Heater Regulations

  • Sep. 4, 2015
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Get in the Right Kind of Hot Water With New Water Heater Regulations

Is there a new water heater in your future? New Department of Energy (DOE) regulations may make the purchase a little more complicated.  The DOE issued new efficiency standards that took effect in April.  The updated DOE standards apply to gas, electric, and oil residential tank water heaters. Most tankless water heaters already meet the new standards.

The water heaters used in most homes aren’t changing much, and will be slightly more efficient.  There is a change in the overall size of these units to accommodate additional insulation: 2″ taller, and 2″ wider. If your water heater is in a tight space, a little extra research will ensure that a new unit fits like a glove.


“Swapping an old water heater for a new water heater might not be as simple as it used to be,” said Randy Kenton, Install Manger for Besel’s.  “Water heaters in a basement should be easy to swap, but water heaters in small closets or other tight spaces could require additional work.”

Homeowners don’t have to become scientists just to have water for a hot shower. At Besel’s, our team is well-versed in the new water-heater guidelines. We can help you make informed choices.

According to DOE, the new regulations will result in $63 billion in energy savings from 2015 to 2044. They will also avoid about 172.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That’s about the annual greenhouse gas produced by 62.1 million cars.

If your water heater is on its last legs – or has given up completely – Besel’s can help. Our experienced team can direct you to the right water heater and get it installed quickly. Call us at 913-682-7000 today.  Ask for Randy.


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