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Important Update

TO ALL OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS:
This coming April 15, 2015 the EPA will go through its final change to the energy requirements of water heaters. This requirement is called NAECA 2015.

Here is how it affects you. 

If your water heater is 7 years old or younger, you should do nothing. 

If your water heater is 7-12 years old, you may consider replacing your water heater based on the below changes. If your water heater is older tank 12 years, you should replace it within the next 60 days. Here's why.

​For gas fired 50 gal. water heaters, they will be replaced with similar water heaters that will be 3" higher and 3" wider than the one in your home now. This size difference is reflected in the additional insulation. The cost will increase but we do not know how much at this time. 
For gas fired 66, 75 and 100 gal. water heaters, they will be replaced by condensing types. This is a major change in the water heater design that requires a drain to eliminate condensation that is part of high efficiency designs. Also, an electric outlet will be required for the water heater to function. 
For Electric 50 gal. water heaters, they will be replaced with similar water heaters that will be 3" higher and 3" wider that the one in your home now. This size difference is reflected in the additional insulation. The cost will increase but we do not know how much at this time. 
For Electric 60, 80 & 120 gal. water heaters, they will be replaced by Hybred Electric heat pump type units. This is the most dramatic change for all water heater types and is reflected in substantial cost increases. 
Please do not consider this a scare tactic for you to purchase a water heater now. It is just an advance notice of what the immediate future holds. If you want to keep your present water heater, you can do it but the inventory will run out in the February - March time frame. A.O Smith anticipates that water heaters with the old design will be very difficult to get starting in February. 
You can get further information on this by going to the EPA website and searching for NAECA, National Appliance Energy Conversation Act.