What’s Wrong With This Picture?
A. You should not install polybutylene piping or any type of plastic piping system this close to a gas water heater vent pipe.
B. This is a proper installation.
C. Plastic piping like polybutylene is the best type of piping system to use for this application.
D. PEX pipe would be a better choice for this application.
The correct answer: A. You should not install polybutylene piping or any type of plastic piping system this close to a gas water heater vent pipe. There should be a metal type of extension pipe installed for any of the supply lines in or out of a gas water heater. NPI’s inspection expert says that the installation in the photo is a disaster waiting to happen. Also note that the pipe may be leaking due to corrosion.
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From Our Blog
New Water Heater Standards Began in April
Every year, the date of April 15 generally has some significance for most Americans as the deadline for filing our taxes. This year, the following day, April 16, also has some significance, as it is the date that all residential water heaters manufactured in the United States, on and after this date, must meet the increased NAECA energy-efficiency standards.
The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) was enacted in 1975 to create efficiency standards for household appliances, including refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, and water heaters. The standards help ensure that manufacturers build products at maximum energy efficiency levels. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a ruling that as of April 16, 2015, the energy efficiency standards, as measured by the energy factor (EF Rating) will change on almost all residential gas, electric, oil and tankless gas water heaters. These changes will affect not only the manufacturers, but also the distributors, contractors, and consumers.
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