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NAECA Standards

Recent Requirements for Water Heaters in Fredericksburg

In 2015, Congress enacted the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), which implements new rules for increasing minimum energy efficiency standards.

Replacement Options

For installations where space is not an issue, units of similar gallon capacity but larger in physical size can be installed. For installations where space is an issue, a similar unit with smaller gallon capacity may be installed or a unit with different technology may be a good option.

For water heaters over 55 gallons:

  • Water heaters that are larger than 55 gallons will undergo the biggest changes. They may require more space or potentially switching models.
  • All residential electric models over 55 gallons must be of the Hybrid Electric heat pump water heater type design
  • All residential gas models over 55 gallons must be of the condensing water heater type design

For water heaters under 55 gallons:

  • The height of a new unit with the same gallon capacity as an existing unit may be two or more inches taller
  • The diameter of a new unit that has the same gallon capacity as an existing unit may be two or more inches wider
  • For units under 55 gallons, add a minimum of three or more inches when planning the space

Electric Model Replacement Options

Gas Model Replacement Options

  • State Premier® Power Vent – Our Premier® Power Vent product line comes in multiple sizes and is ideal for delivering large amounts of hot water while providing homeowners with utility savings
  • High Efficiency Gas Tankless Models – State offers a full line of high efficiency gas tankless units that are ideal for delivering large amounts of hot water while saving space
  • Two Conventional Gas Models Under 55 Gallons – Installing two smaller standard gas units will not be as energy efficient as a high efficiency Premier® Power Vent or tankless for homeowners, but it may be an option in some cases

Have questions about these requirements for water heaters? Call our Fredericksburg plumbers at (540) 328-2826.

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