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Regulation Changes On The Way For Gas Powered Water Heaters

Sep 1

The Biden administration is suggesting a tightening of energy efficiency regulations concerning new residential water heaters, which rank as the second-largest energy-consuming devices in most homes. Among residential energy uses, heating and cooling claim the greatest share, with water heating contributing around 13 percent to both annual residential energy consumption and consumer utility expenses. Should the proposal be approved, it will become effective in 2029. The Department of Energy's plan entails a shift for commonly-used electric water heaters, mandating the adoption of heat pump technology in lieu of electric resistance. Similarly, gas-fired instantaneous water heaters would be compelled to integrate condensing technology. The proposal also establishes benchmarks for gas-fired storage water heaters and oil-fired water storage water heaters.

The efficiency guidelines for home water heaters, mandated by Congress, have remained unchanged for over a decade. Approximately 13% of yearly household energy consumption and utility expenses can be attributed to water heating.

Consumers Look To Maintain Water Heaters For a Longer Lifespan Through Advanced Maintenance

The lifespan of a hot water heater can vary depending on factors such as the type of heater, quality of manufacturing, maintenance practices, and water quality. On average, traditional tank-style water heaters tend to last around 10 to 15 years. However, proper maintenance, such as flushing the tank to remove sediment buildup, can extend their lifespan. Tankless water heaters, which heat water on demand, generally have a longer lifespan and can last 20 years or more due to their efficient design and reduced exposure to corrosion.

It's important to note that the location and installation environment can also influence a water heater's longevity. Water heaters installed in areas with high humidity, extreme temperatures, or corrosive conditions may have a shorter lifespan. Regular inspections and addressing any issues promptly can help identify problems before they escalate, potentially prolonging the heater's service life.

Most  plumbers will likely see an uptick of work as innovations in water heating technology, may lower the appetite for hot water heater replacement as a DIY project. The typical lifespan of a hot water heater varies between 10 to 15 years for traditional tank-style heaters and potentially 20 years or more for tankless models. Regular maintenance and proper care play a crucial role in extending the lifespan of any water heater, ensuring a consistent and reliable hot water supply for a longer period.