More Federal regulations, making hard of the average familyto afford, bigger much more expensive hot water heaters and you may even have to remodel to fit them in your home. Was there anything really wrong with the old models? Typical, no need to give consumers a choice, its so good the government will force you to buy it!
Light bulbs, health care and now water heaters!
New federal regulations for water heaters will go into effect in a few weeks. They are designed to make them more efficient but many people are running out to buy the older remaining water heaters.
While new ones will provide savings on energy costs, consumers will have to pay much more in upfront costs.
Consumers may want to consider replacing their current water heater sooner rather than later because these tanks are going the way of the incandescent light bulb. It’s being phased out in favor of more efficient models.
The new tanks are going to get significantly larger and significantly more expensive according to many plumber we spoke too.
Effective April 16, a federal law requires all manufacturers to make most water heaters more efficient and that means a bigger tanks with more insulation – up to two inches wider and taller–which may require some remodeling if it’s in a tight space.
If it’s in cubby hall or underneath a counter top, that’s going to be a problem.
And there is another issue–the new and improved version could cost hundreds of dollars more, which has many rushing out to buy a “new” old model.
Manufactures can no longer produce them after April 16 and retailers say the remaining “old models” are going fast.
The standard life of a water heater is seven or eight years, so if you’ve reached that place you might consider replacing it.
Most Warranties expire after six years so if consumers’ are nearing that mark, it may be time to think about replacing it–before your next cold shower.
And we've heard this before with the new light bulbs we have been forced to use, while the new model will cost more up front, they will save you more on energy bills.
The U.S. Department of Energy expects the new regulations will cut carbon dioxide at levels by the equivalent of nearly 34 million cars.
For some people this may be a good time to switch from one of these water heaters that hold lots of water to one of these tankless water that supposedly give unlimited hot water without a tank to hold it.