On April 16, 2015, there will be significant changes to water heater energy factor (EF) requirements as the result of updates to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). These new requirements call for higher energy factor (EF) ratings on virtually all residential gas, electric, and oil water heaters, completely altering the water heater landscape. NAECA also affects some light-duty commercial water heaters. Please note that this date is strictly a manufacturer cutoff date and that current products can still be purchased and installed after April 16th.
How This Effects You
• Many of the water heaters you’ve installed in the past will now be larger in size and weight (i.e. condensing units, heat pumps, etc.).
• These size and weight changes will affect how you store, specify, transport, and install water heaters.
• There will also be new technologies introduced that may require you (and your
employees) to participate in manufacturer or wholesaler sponsored training.
• In cases where your customers cannot replace an existing water heater with a similar model, you will need to provide them with additional guidance on their water heater replacement options.
• Some of the NAECA product options may require you to incorporate an electrical feed, venting, or condensate disposal into an installation where none of these factors existed with the original water heater.
What is the M&SCA Doing?
The M&SCA of Eastern PA is committed to helping all of its members make the transition to the 2015 standards as smooth as possible. To do this, we are partnering with our Allied Member, Bradford White Water Heaters, to give you the resources you will need to understand the changes that are coming.
Here are some useful links provided by:
NAECA Model Number Cross-Reference Guide