Q) Why are there no standard 60, 80, or 120 gallon residential electric models available after NAECA 2015?
A) Because based on the NAECA 2015 rules, all residential electric models over 55 gallons must be of the Hybrid Electric heat pump water heater type design. Check out our existing Voltex 80 gallon model as well as our other soon to be launched Hybrid Electric models – all of which are great fits for these high capacity electric applications.
Q) Why are there no standard 75 or 100 gallon residential gas models available after NAECA 2015?
A) Because based on the NAECA 2015 rules, all residential gas models over 55 gallons must be of the condensing water heater type design. Check out our existing Vertex 75 gallon model as well as our other soon to be launched condensing gas models – all of which are great fits for these high capacity gas applications.
Q) What specific product changes will take place during the NAECA 2015 transition?
A) The product changes required to meet the standards will vary depending on unit size, fuel type, and other things - such as venting type. For some products these changes may be minor, for others there will be larger changes needed. In general, most models will need to be designed and built with additional insulation which will cause the size of many models to increase.
Q) What can A. O. Smith customers do to prepare?
A) The biggest thing our partners can do is to become as informed on the topic as possible. The best way to do this to visit sites like hotwater.com/naeca, read our 2015 NAECA “What you need to know” brochure, review various plumbing trade publications, attend professional seminars and trade organizations meetings. Wholesalers need to keep in mind that the size and weight of many products produced after April 16th of 2015 will increase. Many of these new units will require additional space to ship and store. There may also be a need to train contractors on the many changes related to the new regulations and products which could in turn lead to new sales opportunities. Also contractors should keep an eye open as they visit job sites and potential jobs, keeping in mind that units produced after April 16th of 2015 will likely be larger in size which could have a significant impact on those future jobs/installations.