What is The National Appliance and Energy Conservation Act (NAECA)?
Serving Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA
Another federal efficiency upgrade for household appliances is among us, and The National Appliance and Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) mandates that appliances manufactured in the U.S. and Canada must have higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings. Starting April 16, 2015 the new efficiency standards will take effect, which means that household appliance manufacturers will need to alter production practices to meet the new federal regulations.
Will These Changes Affect You?
If you reside in an apartment, condominium, or other smaller housing structure, the NAECA changes will affect you. Due to the new federal regulations, water heater manufacturers will need to alter the size of some water heaters to meet the mandate. For those living in smaller housing properties, water heaters in the 20-55 gallon category will most likely decrease in size, meaning hot water availability will change. Single family home residents should not be affected by the NAECA changes, as space is not an issue for housing larger water heaters, thus hot water usage will not change.
Price & Inventory
Due to the 2015 NAECA water heater changes, prices for water heaters are likely to increase. In the past, efficiency mandates for appliances resulted in a significant increase in the price of household appliances. Because appliance manufacturers must change their production process, the industry expects a considerable rise in the price of newly manufactured water heaters after the April 16, 2015 deadline.
Water heaters manufactured before the NAECA due date will continue to be sold in stores even after the changes are in effect, however, it is expected that this inventory will be bought largely by established contracting businesses and the like.
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What action should you take?
Before the NAECA changes take effect, those in the Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR areas should determine the condition of their water heaters. Knowing the condition of your water heater will help you discern what action you should take with the upcoming NAECA changes in purview. If after having your water heater inspected you determine that a new one will be needed, there is still time to purchase one at established industry prices. You also have the option of purchasing a water heater that meets the new federal regulations, and they should be less expensive now than after the changes take effect. Otherwise, you can wait until your water heater works no longer, and purchase a new water heater after the NAECA deadline at the new industry prices.