Changes in Product Dimensions

Under the new NAECA regulations most water heaters will be larger, requiring more space for installation.

For example, the diameter of a new unit that has the same gallon capacity as an existing unit may be two or more inches wider.

In addition, the height of a new unit with the same gallon capacity as an existing unit may be two or more inches taller.

The first set of regulations – known as the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) – were created in 1990 and later updated in 2004 to the current standards. A new update to the rules for increasing minimum energy efficiency standards was enacted in 2010, and goes into effect on April 16, 2015.

The chart below shows the new standards.

Rated Gallon CapacityNAECA 2015 ElectricNAECA 2015 Gas

What This Means

In order to meet certain efficiency standards, some water heaters will no longer be manufactured. Depending on the location of your water heater, space can be a concern. For instance, if you’re replacing a water heater located in a garage or a full basement this change will not be a problem. However, if your water heater is located in a closet, alcove, or any other small limited area, the new installation can present a challenge.

You may have to install a water heater with a smaller storage capacity or a unit with a similar storage capacity that may be larger in physical size than the existing water heater.

This new regulation is a perfect time to consider upgrading your water heater. We’re here to help you conduct a cost-benefit analysis of unit performance and replacement expense, as a change in water heater can now result in savings for your family!

Steward’s Plumbing is prepared to help the residents of Albuquerque adapt to the new regulations, please contact us at 505-293-3360 or via email at to get started! Thank you for choosing Steward’s Plumbing!