New Government Standards May Affect What Water Heater You Choose

Posted: November 22, 2016

If you’re ready to replace your water heater, please talk to your Michigan propane company about your options. There have been important changes in the manufacturing of water heaters that may affect your choice!

This is especially relevant if you have an old storage tank water heater that is inside a closet, alcove or other tight space. If this sounds like your situation, you may find that it’s difficult to replace it with a new tank water heater. That’s because new water heaters being manufactured today have increased at least two inches in both height and width. This is due to new water heating efficiency standards mandated by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The good news is, you can overcome these space constraints by replacing your old storage tank water heater with a propane tankless water heater, a compact unit that hangs right on a wall. Tankless water heaters eliminate standby energy losses that occur in storage tank systems because they only heat water on demand.

Since a tankless system can average a flow rate of hundreds of gallons per hour, you can count on having plenty of hot water available—no matter how many showers, hot baths or laundry/dishwasher loads are running.

Your propane company will be glad to give you advice and answer your questions. Go here to learn how a tankless water heater works. Want to find out which water heater may work best for your home? Complete a brief quiz here.