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New Water Heater Regulations Call for an Experienced Plumber

Budget Rooter can make installation simple and stress free.

Most of us don’t think about our water heaters until something goes wrong. But that may change starting April 16, when federal law will require manufacturers to make most water heaters more efficient. Homeowners will have to pay more up front, but they’ll end up saving money in their monthly energy bills.

As a result of the changes, new water heaters over 55 gallons are significantly larger than older units. Smaller models will be only slightly larger than before—but, even so, they may not fit the space the homeowner had originally allocated. In addition to the increased size, a plumber may have to install an electrical connection, venting or a condensate line where none was necessary before.

A licensed plumber can help you make sense of the new regulations and ensure proper installation. An improperly installed water heater can emit dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. An expert will help you find the best option for your family, carefully deliver and install it so it conforms to county codes, pull the necessary permit, and remove the old unit. Even better, professional plumbers stand by their work. 

Budget Rooter, in New Castle, Del., has a fleet of eight service trucks ready to do the work. According to business manager Jen Conway, a water heater should be replaced if it’s having problems or if it’s over 10 years old. Warning signs include leaking, rusting, hot water quickly running out, noise coming from the heater, and rusty water coming from taps. If you experience any of these, Conway recommends you a call a plumber who is familiar with new guidelines and regulations. Budget Rooter will be on site within 24 hours—most likely the same day.

Suzanne J. Palady founded Budget Rooter in 1992 with input from her husband, a longtime plumber. She also enlisted the help of her son, Jeff, an experienced drain cleaner. She incorporated the business in 1998 while Jeff trained new technicians and invested in the best green technology. Jeff earned his master plumber’s license, and Budget Rooter expanded its services. Still family owned and operated, Budget Rooter has served New Castle, Kent and Cecil counties for over 20 years. In January, Suzanne chose to step back, transferring majority ownership to Jeff. But Budget Rooter’s mission remains the same: to provide excellent service at a fair price, stay committed to the environment, and treat customers with integrity and respect.

Suzanne J. Palady, Founder

Budget Rooter
1015 River Road, New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 421-9000, Email: budgetroot@aol.com


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