by Zona on January 8, 2016

3 Main Water Heater Regulations

Federal water heater regulations have changed over the years. Any water heater that you select for your Indianapolis home must comply with these new laws. Businesses that make water heaters must comply with new energy efficiency standards. These standards have been put in place so that the United States can reduce its level of carbon emissions.

Indianapolis Water-Heater-ServicesThere are three different types of water heaters. Each of them has a different set of unique regulation standards that they must comply with. These laws changed in 2015. Those with older water heaters do not have to replace their current water heaters.

Some people that install a new water heater may be able to apply for a tax credit. Newer water heaters may have to be installed in different parts of the house because they are often much larger. They may also be significantly noisier.

Gas Water Heaters

Gas and oil water heater energy emissions are both regulated in a similar manner. A water heater’s efficiency is calculated by looking at its EF. EF stands for energy factor. All water heaters display their EF on the tank.

The yellow tag also calculates burner and heat exchange efficiency. Gas models often require drastic changes. They may require additional insulation. They might also incorporate newer baffling flue technologies.

They might use electronic ignition instead of a standing pilot light. Gas water heaters are often the least efficient kind of water heater. Newer water heater regulations may cause these types of heaters to be several inches taller.

Electric Water Heaters

Electric water heaters are already energy efficient, but some changes have been made to newer models. They usually require higher levels of insulation. This may increase the height of the water heater. Internal components in the electric heaters may end up being smaller than their gas heater counterparts. Drains and valves may also require additional insulation. Both gas and electric water heaters have different regulation standards.

These standards are based on their sizes. Water heaters over 55 gallons use a different mathematical calculation to determine their EF. Electric water heaters may produce condensation. Some installations may require a drain in the back of the heater.

Oil Water Heaters

Oil water heaters have a lower EF allowance because they are the least efficient. Newer regulations require heaters to have completely different combustion systems. They are often also significantly heavier. The EF of all water heaters is based off its storage volume.

Any hold ups regarding your Indianapolis homes water heater? Call Griesemer Plumbing & Mechanical at (317) 881-9536 today for any of your repair or maintenance requests.

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