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Is My Water Heater Up To Code?

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If you want to know if your house is “up to code,” you’re probably in the process of selling it. Before you can close the sale, you need to pass inspection regarding the electrical system, flood prevention, wind and snow loads, as well as the building’s energy-conserving insulation. Fortunately, you don’t need to ask “Is my water heater up to code?”

However, when you eventually need to replace your water heater, which you will sooner or later, you’ll need to ask that question. Why? Because the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has new technical specifications regarding the energy efficiency of all residential water heaters manufactured after April 15, 2015.

Actually, the only people who will need to ask that question are the folks who manufacturer water heaters. All you will have to do is buy the new unit. But a question you can ask at that time is, “Am I getting the best bang my for buck?” In other words, will the money you spend on buying and installing a new water heater be a good long-term investment?

Naturally, the most-efficient water heaters will cost more than those that minimally meet the DOE’s requirements, but any new unit you purchase will reduce your water heating energy consumption, which accounts for approximately 18% of your home energy expense.

So, when it eventually comes time to replace your water heater, how can you get the most bang for buck? We believe the answer to that question is to install a tankless water heater. Why? For several reasons, including:

  1. Tankless water heaters are the most-energy-efficient.
  2. Tankless water heating systems can provide an endless supply of hot water.
  3. Tankless water heaters have a much smaller footprint than that an old-fashioned system with a water storage tank. (Because tankless systems are mounted on the wall, they actually have no footprint.)
  4. Tankless water heaters won’t flood your floor, because no tank means no leaks due to corrosion.

A tankless water heater may not be the best solution for every situation, but before you decide which new water heater to buy, be sure to check out the DOE’s information about tankless or demand-type water heaters and its guide to selecting a new water heater.

After you’ve done your online research and you need some real-world information about what is actually involved in switching from a tank-type system to a tankless water heating system, as well as the cost, call us at (317) 248-9668 or send us a message to schedule a no-obligation conversation. After that, you’ll be in the best position to make an informed decision.