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New Water Heater Regulations of 2015

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You may have heard our announcement on the radio about new water heater regulations. The new efficiency standards are now officially in effect! What does that mean for Austin homeowners?

The water heater regulations have taken effect on a manufacturer level – that means current and older water heater models that do not meet the requirements of the new efficiency standards will no longer be produced. However, these discontinued models may still be in stock with your local plumbing experts at Radiant! Knowing that the new regulations could make water heater replacement difficult for Austinites, Brad and Sarah decided to plan ahead. We bought as many of the discontinued models as we could, and now we have a stock of these water heaters to sell for direct replacement. But the stock won’t last forever!

New water heater models are about 2″ larger in length and width, which means they might not fit in some common water heater locations – for instance, a typical attic access is too small for them to pass through, so if your water heater is installed in the attic of your home, our plumbers may not be able to swap it out without widening the access hole. Or maybe your water heater is in a storage closet, or a utility closet with a low ceiling. Regardless, it could be a tight fit, in which case calling for a water heater replacement from Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning would be your best option. Call now to schedule while supplies last!

Other options for water heater replacement after the water heater regulations include:

  • Making the Upgrade– Radiant can help you make your water heater replacement as simple and straightforward as possible. Our experts can provide a consultation, during which they will explain what a new water heater replacement would involve. The new high efficiency water heater may fit in your home without any trouble, in which case you can have a more efficient device heating the water in your home.
  • Switching to Tankless– A popular alternative to conventional models is tankless water heating. Tankless water heaters do not store hot water – instead, they heat it on demand, so you can have endless and efficient water at any temperature you want. Tankless water heaters are significantly smaller – only about the size of a carry-on bag – making installation a simple and affordable choice.

Whatever your decision, Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning can help you make it happen! Call the Austin Water Heater experts for water heater replacement consultation or service today.

Signs It’s Time for Water Heater Replacement

If you notice any of the following, it’s time for water heater replacement.

  • Loud Noises Coming From Machine
  • Water Leaking from Tank
  • Past Warranty (older than 6 years)
  • Insufficiently Heated Water
  • Rust-Colored Tap
  • Odors from Water Heater

Out here in the west, public water tends to be rather hard. The hardness of the water takes a toll on your plumbing equipment, so the lifespan of a water heater here in Texas is generally a bit lower than a water heater elsewhere. In other places, the lifespan of a water heater can be between 8 and 12 years, but here the typical life expectancy here is more like 6 to 10.

Plus, even if your water heater isn’t past its warranty yet, it should still receive annual maintenance. When was the last time your water heater was serviced by a professional? A lack of regular maintenance can affect the lifespan and warranty of your device.

Is your current water heater more than 6 years old? Is it demonstrating any of the signs above? The 2015 water heater regulations have changed the game for water heater replacement. Luckily, the experts at Radiant make replacing your water heater easy with convenient scheduling, immediate consultations, and friendly service.

Call the local Austin professionals for a consultation on water heater replacement today!