NAECA Guidelines

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A new update to the rules for increasing minimum energy efficiency standards was enacted in 2010 and goes into effect on April 16, 2015. We want our customers to be confident that A. O. Smith is taking the proper steps to be prepared for the new NAECA regulations so you don’t have to worry about the technology and engineering involved.

 

NAECA 2015—What Does It Mean To You?

NAECA Under 55 Gallons

Water Heaters Under 55 Gallons

  • The height of a new unit with the same gallon capacity as an existing unit may be two or more inches taller
  • The diameter of a new unit that has the same gallon capacity as an existing unit may be two or more inches wider
  • For units under 55 gallons, add a minimum of three or more inches when planning the space
Replacement Options
  • For installations where space is not an issue, units of similar gallon capacity but larger in physical size can be installed.
  • For installations where space is an issue, a similar unit with smaller gallon capacity may be installed or a unit with different technology may be a good option.
 
NAECA Under 55 Gallons

Water Heaters Over 55 Gallons

  • Water heaters that are larger than 55 gallons will undergo the biggest changes. They may require more space or potentially switching models.
  • All residential electric models over 55 gallons must be of the Hybrid Electric heat pump water heater type design
  • All residential gas models over 55 gallons must be of the condensing water heater type design
Electric Model Replacement Options
Gas Model Replacement Options
  • Vertex™ - Our Vertex™ product line comes in multiple sizes and is ideal for delivering large amounts of hot water while providing homeowners with utility savings.
  • High Efficiency Gas Tankless Models - A. O. Smith offers a full line of high efficiency gas tankless units that are ideal for delivering large amounts of hot water while saving space
  • Two Conventional Gas Models Under 55 Gallons - Installing two smaller standard gas units will not be as energy efficient as a high efficiency Vertex or tankless for homeowners, but it may be an option in some cases.