How do new EF ratings affect homeowners’ water heaters?

How do new EF ratings affect homeowners’ water heaters?

Beginning April 16, 2015, the minimum Energy Factor (EF) ratings for virtually all residential water heaters are increasing. An EF rating measures the annual efficiency of a water heater – a higher EF means a more efficient water heater. Manufacturers will no longer produce units that do not meet the new standards. Products manufactured prior to April 16, 2015 can continue to be purchased and installed.

What is the new regulation for 20-55 gallon water heaters?

WaterHeaterBoth gas and electric water heaters between 20-55 gallons will have more insulation. This means they could be up to 2 inches taller and wider. If water heaters get bigger, then some units might not fit in current installation sites. (e.g. small closet)

What is the new regulation for water heaters over 55 gallons?

Both gas and electric water heaters will have unique installation requirements. Gas water heaters over 55 gallons will use a new condensing technology. Electric water heaters over 55 gallons will be required to use heat pump technology, which calls for the installation of a condensate disposal line, and the provision of sufficient air volume to accommodate the heat source, which may prevent installation in smaller spaces.

Less than 10% of all of the water heaters replaced by First American in 2014 were over 55 gallons.

How can a First American home warranty help?

The cost of higher efficiency water heaters will increase, potentially between 30 and 70 percent more depending on the size of the unit. A First American home warranty can help protect homeowners from these higher replacement costs. When a covered breakdown occurs requiring a water heater replacement, First American will replace the water heater with one that meets federal regulation requirements. It is important to check contract details to understand coverage limitations. Some situations may require modifications that would not be covered, such as structural changes to accommodate a larger unit, more and/or bigger flue tubes, a condensate disposal line, and electrical hook ups.

First American will continue to work with homeowners to provide the most effective water heater replacement solution.


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