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Water Heater Regulations

Water heaters are not normally an engaging topic, but we need to warn our owners that the cost of a new water heater will be going up about 25%. We don’t have updated pricing just yet, so this information isn’t confirmed, but we do expect a large increase.
New water heaters under 50 gallons will be approximately 2 inches taller and 2 inches wider if manufactured after April of 2015. If your water heater is located in a tight spot, this could create some costly issues. Several years ago, we had a water heater behind a furnace and literally had to tear down the wall to get to the water heater. At the time, we expected that to be an isolated incident, but it could possibly become the norm to rearrange walls, especially in apartments and condos.
And why, do you ask? It is our understanding that this size change is needed to meet new efficiency standards put in place by the U.S. Department of Energy.
We will be exploring options and will do our very best to contain costs and present options if your property needs a new water heater. Taking care of the property is our first concern, but keeping the landlord’s costs in line is a close second.

Posted by: 1stchoicerealestateservices on February 6, 2015
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