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Be cautious when attempting to tighten the faucet/packing nut of the bib. If the internal pipe the hose bib is attached too is not copper or other rigid material, it could crack. More modern homes have CPVC piping installed within walls, and twisting the pipe may cause cracks which can lead to water leaking within the wall. This can cause severe damage as an internal leak is very hard to detect until the damage starts.
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Leading water heater manufacturers like Bradford White, Rheem and A.O. Smith spent many years designing and developing new technology to meet the energy-efficiency standards in the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). Since those standards went into effect last April 16, Contractors, wholesalers and distributors – as well as their residential and light commercial customers – have adjusted to the changes. Now, the manufacturers are catching their breath, and looking forward to the future.
The NAECA Act sets standards on minimum energy conservation standards on household appliances & equipment. These standards are designed to reduce energy consumption & lower utility bills in the use of appliances such as Water Heaters, Washer & Dryers, Refrigeration, and other household appliances. The program is maintained by Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.
The links below provide information to NAECA Act and how it may affect you the consumer:
Energy.Gov – Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Are you NAECA Ready? (Bradford White)
NAECA Guidelines/Brochures (AO Smith)
All-State Commercial: Water Heaters