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Hot Water Heaters

New Government Water Heater Regulations for 2015

What are these new regulations?

Xed out H2O heaterThey are part of The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) that was approved by Congress and is administered by the US Department of Energy (DOE). All water heaters manufactured after April 16th, 2015 must conform to new energy efficiency standards. These standards call for a mandatory increase of 3% -30% in energy efficiency over current water heater models. Details can be found here on the Department of Energy website.

AOSmith Heater HawnThese new NAECA compliant water heating systems are projected to save the average household up to $365 per year in energy bills.  At Hawn we are already offering water heaters that meet and exceed these new regulations from our trusted family of suppliers. These new units are not only more energy efficient but will only further increase your home's comfort!

Unlike the energy standards for light bulbs where the new high efficiency bulbs screw into the old sockets, the new higher efficiency water heaters will be larger and many times require additional components with more involved installations.  The following could be the result:

  • More Space Will Be Required - in most cases the new NAECA compliant units will only be a couple of inches taller and wider. For some home owners this may be an issue if there is limited space where the present water heater is located. New and larger venting will also be required for certain gas water heaters.
  • The New Units Will Cost More - due to the retooling costs for manufacturers and increased material costs for added insulation but this investment is projected to save the average home owner up to $365 a year.
  • Custom Installation May Be Required - many homes and apartments may need unique installation plans to accommodate the new water heater systems especially when a smaller capacity tank is used. If this is your situation Hawn has the professionals and experience to make it happen.
  • Certain Larger Capacity Tanks Will Be Discontinued - some larger size electric (66 or 80 gallon) and gas water heaters (75 gallon) are being discontinued.  Replacement models for these are not available yet.


2 Tankless H2O HeatersNow is the time to either replace your existing water heater with a similar model before the deadline or go tankless! Contact us and we will help you figure out the best hot water solution for your home.



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Tankless Hot Water Heaters
Imagine Endless Hot Water and Lower Energy Bills

You don't use hot water 24 hours a day. But, you're paying to heat water 24 hours a day. With a standard water heater, you heat and reheat the same water even when you're sleeping. The Rinnai tankless water heater is a more efficient way to heat water. It heats water quickly and delivers an endless supply of hot water for as long as you need it. With the Rinnai tankless water heater, you only pay to heat water when you need it and for as long as you want it.

Did you know? Tankless hot water heaters:

  • Produce and supply endless streams of hot water to multiple outlets simultaneously without any fluctuation in temperature
  • Are up to 30 percent more energy efficient than a traditional natural gas water heater and up to 50 percent more efficient than an electric water heater
  • Shut-off automatically when the water supply is closed, providing users with significant energy savings - in turn saving money on their utility bills
  • Are compact wall mounted units with a life expectancy of 20 years, whereas hot water tanks require about 16 square feet of floor space and usually last around 10 years





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Gas Tankless Water Heaters

  • ½” gas pipe capable up to 24’
  • Field convertible gas system
  • Ultra condensing efficiency
  • Dual stainless steel heat exchangers
  • Low NOx emissions (≤ 20ppm)
  • SCH 40, 2” venting up to 60’
  • Cascading capable


High Demand Gas Hot Water
Power-vent and power direct-vent gas water heaters take high-demand homes to the pinnacle of hot water availability.

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Vertex™, a line of hot water heaters by AO Smith offers up to 96% thermal efficiency with performance that rivals much larger water heaters.  With its fully-condensing design, Vertex delivers “continuous hot water” — shower after shower, hour after hour. Yet it’s easy to install, with dimensions and installation requirements comparable to standard power-vent and power direct-vent units.

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How to Light a Gas Water Heater 

This brief Video by Bradford White demonstrates the simple process of lighting your hot water heater.  And although the video features the Bradford White ICON System, the basics of lighting your hot water heater is very similar regardless of the brand that you may have.

 Talk with Hawn today about your hot water heater needs. We'll be glad to assist!

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