Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Up to 35% Price Increase For New Water Heaters – Effective April 16, 2015




New water heater regulations are coming,effective April 16, 2015. Here are the highlights that Homeowners need to BE AWARE of.
  • WHAT ARE THE NEW REGULATIONS: Effective April 16, 2015 the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) will require higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings on virtually all gas, electric, oil and tankless gas water heaters. Quite simply, the EF is the ratio of useful energy output from the water heater to the total amount of energy used to operate the water heater. The higher the EF rating, the more energy efficient the water heater will be.
  • WILL THERE BE PRICE INCREASES? Yes, prices for both the water heater and installation will increase. While no price sheets yet have been reported, the rumor from key suppliers of name brands water heaters for all contractors are saying to expect a price increase of up to a 35%.
  • HOW WILL CHANGES AFFECT HOMEOWNERS? According to Bradford White (America's Leading Brand), the homeowner may have to deal with the following top three concerns:
    1. First off, increased product and installation costs.
    2. Secondly, in some cases, the water heater will have to be re-located to operate properly, or mitigate noise.
    3. Thirdly, while the operating costs of the new water heaters will be less because of their increased efficiency, it is likely that themaintenance costs will increase because of a more complex design, and the integration of electronics, blowers, fans, condensers, etc.
  • WHAT ARE WE, PLUMBING 911, DOING TO HELP CUSTOMERS?
    1. We want to inform and educate our current and future customers to be able to make the right decisions for their home and budget.
    2. In addition, we recommend if you have an older tank or a tank that seems to have reoccurring issues, to consider replacement before April to ensure you can keep your tax refund, instead of losing it on the new price increase for water heaters.
    3. To further help our customers in this process, between now and April 15, 2015 we are offering a FREE WATER HEATER INSPECTION (savings of $85) and FREE ESTIMATES on new installations of high-quality warrantied water heaters and$50 OFF NEW WATER HEATER INSTALLATIONS. We hope that our consumers take advantage of our offers to help them with savings. Call us today toll free (866-720-0911) to schedule your FREE Water Heater Inspection and Estimate.
  • HOW ARE WATER HEATER MANUFACTURERS RESPONDING?Many high-quality brand water heater manufacturers have already reportedly stopped reproduction of non-compliant EF rated water heaters; however, come April 15, 2015 the consumer will have no choice but to purchase an EF-compliant water heater and assume the price increase and possible plumbing changes. The enhanced engineering and additional parts have changed production. We are happy to announce that the major brands such as Bradford White, AOSmith and Rheem have been compliant and will have theses new FE-compliant tanks available for consumers in April.
  • WHAT IS DIFFERENT WITH THE NEW FE-COMPLIANT WATER HEATERS? According to Bradford White's website, the size and weight of the products will change and these changes will affect costs, transportation, storage and installation. They further state that the new technologies introduced will require product and installation training. The significance of these changes come with more sophisticated engineering, which they assess will increase contractor installations, as they do not feel that the normal do-it-yourself consumer will be able to install water heaters anymore. They also predict that some installations will now require two people as water heaters get larger and heavier and become to awkward, along with a box van or open truck to carry the water heater for models above 55-gallons. 

3 comments:

  1. I moved into this house 1 year ago. The previous owner just installed the new gas water heater for us. It works pretty well so far. We haven't had any problem with it yet. It's energy efficient. We always have hot water. Hopefully it's going to last long. My expectation for this new water heater is to last at least 5 years. Sorry I'm not very familiar with water heaters since I'm a new home owner, but 5 years without any problem should be a reasonable expectation, right? Let's say if it broke before that, I would probably not buy the same brand again. So far it's working really well. I actually already recommended it to my friend whose water heater broke about half a year ago. He has the same one now. He is pretty satisfied with it as well. No complaint so far. To conclude, it's a good reliable gas water heater and we are happy about it!
    Kirkland Plumbers

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  3. شركتنا من المتميزون في اعمال الاصلاح بدون هدم او تكسير من خلال شركة ركن البيت التي تقدم الكثير والكثير في عمل اللازم وتصحيح الاخطاء التي تسببها تسريبات المياه فنحن مثلا

    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بجدة تقدم خدمة لعمل الاصلاح بدون اي خراب ونقدم النصيحة للعملاء بالابتعاد عن الاعمال التي تؤدي الي هذا الخراب فتعاملك مع شركة كشف تسربات بجدة لديها الخبرة الكافية تساعدك في الحفاظ علي منزلك كما اننا نتمكن في اننا سوف نرتقي بخدمة لاننا نقوم بالعمل السليم لها كما يوجد لدينا خدمات العوازل التي تمنع التسريبات من الاسقف لكم والحوائط والخزانات من خلال شركة تسمي الاولي في مجالها لذلك نحن نقدم شركة عزل خزانات بالرياض التي تعتبر في عل الخزانات الارضية من الداخل بواسطة مواد متميزة كما نقدم لكم شركة عزل اسطح بالرياض لعمل العوازل التي تمنع جميع التسريبات في الاسقف

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