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NAECA 2015 Water Heater Regulations

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Effective April 16, 2015, all residential water heaters manufactured in the U.S. on and after this date must meet the increased NAECA energy-efficiency standards.

Rheem has been achieving higher standards in home comfort for nearly 90 years, so we’re more than prepared to meet and exceed new national energy-efficiency requirements for residential water heaters.

What is NAECA?

NAECA | National Appliance Energy Conservation Act
Enacted in 1975, NAECA creates uniform efficiency standards for certain household appliances, including refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, clothes dryers and water heaters.

New NAECA Standards
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as part of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), issued Final Rule energy efficiency mandates in April 2010. While these mandates only apply to products manufactured for sale in the U.S., Canada will soon implement similar increases in efficiency standards. These far-reaching new requirements will have important impacts on water heating manufacturers, distributors, contractors and homeowners.

Increasing EF Requirements for Water Heaters

When Will This Take Effect?

Pre-Compliance Water Heaters
Water heaters manufactured before April 16, 2015 that do not meet new NAECA 2015 standards can still be sold and purchased after April 16, 2015. However, almost all new residential water heaters produced on or after this date will be affected according to their power source, technologies, size and other key design factors.

Benefits of Compliant Water Heaters
A NAECA 2015-compliant water heater will likely have distinct energy-saving and performance advantages over a non-compliant unit. So, even if you are able to purchase a non-compliant model, you may want to consider the long-term cost saving benefits of a higher-efficiency solution. Your independent Rheem Contractor can help explain the differences and benefits between water heaters, so you can choose which works best for you.

NAECA 2015-Compliant Water Heaters
Click here to see the wide range of Rheem products that currently meet efficiency requirements!

What Products Are Affected?

Almost all residential gas, electric, oil and tankless gas water heaters manufactured in the U.S. are affected.

Rheem is Ready
Any residential gas and electric Rheem water heaters included under the new regulations that do not currently meet new efficiency standards are being redesigned to offer greater energy savings and smarter performance.

Changes to Rheem Water Heaters
At Rheem, change means opportunity. Along with new energy- and cost-saving efficiencies, the advanced technologies of many NAECA 2015-compliant water heaters will create new considerations for unit transportation, storage, installation, installation location, operation and maintenance.

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GPS has the largest inventory of Rheem water heaters in New Jersey. Be sure to let us know what you need today!

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