Why Are Today’s Water Heaters Different?

Monday, October 16, 2017

A good water heater can last ten years. If it’s been that long and you need to replace the water heater in your home, the professional plumbers at SoCal Plumbers 911 are ready to get the job done.

But your next water heater may look a little different than the one it replaces. That is a result of federal regulations that went into effect in April of 2015.

The U.S. Department of Energy decided that water heaters should now meet updated government standards to promote energy efficiency. That means your next water heater may be a little bigger than the last one, to accommodate additional foam installation between the inner and outer tank linings.

New Water Heaters Will Result in Savings

To be fair, energy standards had not been updated since 1987, so this was bound to happen, especially as we are all more concerned now about lowering our carbon footprint.

And here’s the good news – when your water heater operates more efficiently and uses less energy, that will lower your power bill. If you save five bucks on the bill every month, and your new electric water heater lasts ten years, that adds up to $600 in total savings.

Need to replace your water heater? Contact SoCal Plumbers 911. If the increased size of the new water heaters causes an issue with your present space, we can explore your options on brands, types and sizes and help you find a water heater that will meet your usage needs. This may also be a good time to consider the benefits of a tankless water heater.

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