New plumbing regulations will be instituted across various states in 2015, which means that now is the time to have your water heater replaced. Probably the most important part of your plumbing system, your hot water heater supplies that precious hot water that enables you to have a hot shower after a long day at work. It can also cause a lot of trouble when it malfunctions, which makes it so important to have the best possible water heater for your family’s needs. Over time, water heaters deteriorate. Specifically, they lose their efficacy with regular use.
Why Replace Your Water Heater Now?
At a recent plumbing convention, it was announced that new plumbing regulations will take effect in 2015, which will greatly reduce the options available to you when your current water heater has to be replaced, eventually. The proactive step would be to replace your water heater now, especially if it was installed more than five years ago. Here’s what to expect from 2015 water heater regulations under the plumbing codes:
1. Waiting will cost you
According to the new codes, all new water heaters over 55 gallons in size will require electrical outlets to operate the flue damper and electronic ignition. This will increase the costs of both the water heater and the plumber installation.
2. New heaters are much larger
New water heaters will be larger in order to cater to increased interior insulation. If you currently have space constraints, it will only get worse in 2015. If you don’t replace your water heater now, your only option in 2015 and beyond will be a tankless water heater.
Should I really replace my water heater now?
We at Ridgeway Mechanical understand your reservations about replacing your water heater unless it actually retires, however, it is rare for a water heater to last more than 8–10 years. Therefore, if you’ve had it for a while, it probably has a significant sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank.
If You Need Increasing Efficiency
Sediment insulates the water in the tank from the burner, which dramatically affects the performance of the system. It forces the flame to work harder in order to heat the water through the sediment, which affects the heater’s efficiency and performance. Therefore, a new water heater might reduce your heating bills, as it will be more efficient than an older heater. A new water heater will also ensure that your family has all the hot water they need – even during peak hours
If You’d Like to Reduce Costs
Water heater repairs can easily cost 50% or more of the cost of actually installing a new water heater. Besides, once it has been repaired, it is bound to sprout new issues in the future, and eventually, it will need to be replaced after all. Ridgeway Mechanical specializes in Rheem Luna hot water heaters that come in a range of configurations to suit your home and family’s heating and hot water needs. Now you never have to have a cold shower when you’re the last person to shower, as it offers an endless supply of hot water. Need help deciding on the best upgrade or replacement for your hot water heater? Ridgeway Mechanical expert master plumbers are standing by to provide you with the best advice and service. We work according to the City specifications.