The Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not apply to water heaters, but the Department of Energy has mandated sweeping changes that will go into effect on April 16, 2015. As the ACA was confusing for most, so too are the changes for all gas, electric and oil fired residential water heaters. The goal with these changes is to save energy, but it is the consumer that will ultimately be saddled with the additional costs for the new technology that is being mandated. The cost for water heaters will go up, but none of the manufacturers have stated what these price changes will be. And that would just be the tip of the iceberg. Installation of water heaters in some situations will change as well. As an example, since water heaters will become either taller or bigger in diameter because of added insulation, there will be situations where a new water heater will no longer fit in the current space that they are in. Possible choices for this scenario would be to relocate the water heater to a different part of the house or switch to a tankless water heater. In either case, the replacement cost for the water heater will be significantly more than what current pricing is now.
If your water heater is 10 years old or older, it would be advised to give some serious consideration to replacing this before the new Energy Factor (EF) ratings go into effect. Waiting could literally cost you thousands of dollars.
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2015 Department of Energy Changes for Water Heaters