MEMBER ADVISORY – Water Heater Size Changes Likely

As NAHB reported in 2014, new energy efficiency standards are going into effect for residential water heaters produced after April 15. That means many suppliers will introduce new models, some with 1-3 inch larger diameters or some that may be 1-3 inches taller. These increased dimensions may require additional installation clearances.

Already, some manufacturers including Bradford White and State Water Heaters have announced changes to product lines and installation instructions, while others are still making decisions on what information to provide and when to provide it. The bottom line: Make sure your members are aware that these changes are coming so they can contact their suppliers and plumbing subcontractors to discuss their specific alternatives. For additional information, contact Craig Drumheller at 800-368-5242 x8565.