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EAGLE PLUMBING HAS MOVED!!!
Here are a few pictures of our new facility. We are still fine tuning how we want things arranged, but everything is coming along nicely. The new facility is closer to downtown Lincoln and is centrally located ... allowing us to better serve our customers and cut down on operation costs. Feel free to drop in and say hi!
The only things that have changed with this move is our physical address and our email address. See below for our new info.
110 Flocchini Circle
Lincoln, CA 95648
Currently we are busy with landscape drain clogs. During heavy rain, clogged landscape drains cause flooding all the way into homes. If you are having issues with a clogged landscape drain or you have reason to believe that you will due to slow drainage during light raining, please call right away before it is too late and you end up with water damage to your home.
Big Changes Coming for Water Heater Efficiency. Ready?
New residential water heater energy-efficiency standards that go into
effect April 16 will require changes to the installation of many
residential water heaters. Most water heaters with a capacity of 55
gallons or less will require more installation space, and those larger
than 55 gallons in capacity will see additional, more significant
changes. However, products manufactured before April 16 can still be
bought and installed after the change-over date.
These new efficiency standards will require much higher Energy Factor
(EF) ratings for larger water heaters, making a huge impact,
especially on how these types of water heaters are manufactured,
distributed, installed and/or vented.
The more common-sized water heaters of 55 gallons or less will likely
be larger by roughly 2 inches in height and diameter to account for
the additional insulation needed to meet the new standard. This may
require builders to account for the increased size in their design.
It is expected that replacement water heaters installed in closets
will present the biggest problems: They may require installing an
applicance with reduced water capacity, selecting a much taller tank
of the same diameter or a switching to a tankless water heater if
space does not allow for a simple change-out.
As more information is available from manufacturers and the federal
Department of Energy, NAHB will update this page.
Larger heaters, bigger changes
There are many factors for home builders and remodelers to consider
when deciding whether to specify these new larger water heaters. First
is the cost: Conventional, current minimum-efficiency 60-gallon gas
and electric water heaters are approximately $675-$1,500, while the
new high-efficiency models are about $1,200-$2,450.
New gas water heaters with a capacity of more than 55 gallons will
need to be a condensing combustion design to meet the new efficiency
requirements, which raises the EF from 0.55 to 0.75 for a 65-gallon
model. This means you'll need a dedicated electrical receptacle to
power the exhaust fan and provide a means for condensate disposal. For
venting, a dedicated line for combustion air via a lower temperature
PVC pipe will typically exhaust through the wall rather than the roof
with this design.
Larger electric water heaters will need to be of a heat-pump design to
meet the efficiency requirements, which increases the EF from 0.88 to
1.98 for a 65-gallon model. Where a 3 feet x 3 feet closet was often
the go-to location for installation for an electric water heater,
these new appliances likely won't fit into the same space.
According to the Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute,
heat pump water heaters require installation in locations that remain
in the 40-90 degree Farenheit range year-round and provide at least
1,000 cubic feet of surrounding air space. Because heat pump water
heaters remove heat from the house to heat the water, it's better to
install them in warmer areas of the country where the cooling effect
of the heat pump will reduce the air conditioning load on the house.
Gary Klein of Gary Klein and Associates says one alternative is to run
new plumbing to two smaller water heaters (i.e., 40 gallons) at
opposite sides of the home, bringing them closer to the point of use
and conserving both water and energy by eliminating excess piping.
For gas water heaters, there may not be much of a benefit from
purchasing two appliances because of the need to install another gas
line and comply with ventilation requirements. However, not only can
the two electric water heaters fit in smaller spaces, there is no need
to manage the cold air expelled from the unit or for the design to
account for proximity to fixtures to decrease heat loss in piping.
Another alternative: the gas or electric tankless water heater. These
units take up little space and can be mounted indoors in cabinets,
under sinks, and in very close proximity to fixtures, using less
energy than conventional water heaters.
However, gas tankless water heaters may require a larger gas line and
modifications to the vent pipe. Electric tankless models may require
increasing the capacity of the electric service to the house. Hot
water flow rate is limited by the size of the unit and measured in
gallons per minute (GPM). Whole-house tankless hot water systems with
up to 7.0 GPM can cost $600-$1,000.
It’s important for builders and installers to become familiar with the
new rules and the technology options so that they can offer customers
the best solutions for placement and capacity.
Water heater manufacturers are working to get the word out and the
major manufacturers have updated their websites with the latest
information. So far, A.O. Smith, Rheem, Bradford White and State Water
Heaters have announced changes to product lines and installation
instructions to address how these new standards will affect their
01/03/13 - Eagle Plumbing nominated for Business Excellence Award by Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce for Best Customer Service!
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110 Flocchini Circle
Lincoln, CA 95648