As of January 1, 2018, strict new rules governing standards for water heater efficiency took effect.
What Does This Mean to You?
If you currently own an electric water heater bigger than 55 gallons you will not be able to replace it with the same size. There will no longer be electric water heaters over a 55 gallon capacity made.
If you want to replace your larger-size electric water heater (55 gallon capacity and higher), you should have already done it, as supplies will be non-existent after January 1, 2018.
There are several good substitutes for the 55-gallon and above water heaters out there, though. Here are our suggestions:
- 50 or 55-gallon water heaters can be installed with a mixing valve which will give you up to 10-15 gallons more of hot water
- Install an 80 or 110-gallon Stainless Steel water heater (with a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty)
- Electric tankless water heaters are also an option, but the electric wiring and breaker may require upgrading.
- Hybrid water heaters can also be installed that use 60% less energy. However, they must be installed in a room that has at least 800 square feet or in a garage, so there is enough “make up” air to operate properly.
If you have any questions regarding replacing your current electric water heater, contact the pros at Clarke & Rush for expert assistance and advice.
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