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2015 NAECA Water Heater Efficiency Standards

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2015 NAECA Water Heater Efficiency Standards

As of April 16th, 2015, there are new energy efficiency requirements per the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). They call for all water heaters, including residential electric, gas, tankless, and oil water heaters to have a higher energy factor rating. (The higher the energy factor, the higher the efficiency of the unit). These new energy efficiency standards were put in place in an effort to alleviate the strain on the national power grid. These changes are projected to eliminate enough emissions that are equivalent to 33.8 million automobiles!

What Homeowners Need to Know

  • This means saving more money! Water Heating costs account for approximately 17% of your total home energy use.
  • The newer models (electric and gas) will differ slightly in size (Approximately 2 inches taller and wider) If space is limited, this may mean your newer water heater will need to be moved to a different location or you may need to change to a smaller sized unit.
  • There will no longer be residential electric water heaters over 55 gallons available. Any water heater over 55 gallons are required to be “hybrid” water heaters. These hybrid water heaters utilize a heat pump to increase efficiency.
  • All residential gas water heaters over 55 gallons are required to have a condensing water heater type design.
  • These more efficient water heaters require additional parts during production which will increase the costs of new units. But, the idea is that the increase will pay for itself with the amount you’ll be saving in utility cost
  • Be sure to hire a licensed and insured Tampa plumbing company. They know all about the new requirements and are able to provide you with your best options.



For more information contact your #1 Tampa Plumber, The Pampering Plumber at 727-232-8400






Awarded Angie’s List Tampa Super Service Award

Awarded Angie’s List Tampa Plumbing Super Service Award for the 7th Year in a Row!

We always say “Don’t listen to us, listen to what our customers have to say about us!” and this proves it yet again!  We always strive to be the BEST plumbing company in the Tampa Bay area and that’s because quality of work and customer service is #1!  The Pampering Plumber has won the Angie’s List Tampa Plumbing Super Service Award for the 7th consecutive year!  That’s no easy feat, but here’s how we do it.13ANG0007_SuperServiceLogo_Final_LessGradient-2200px

Customer Satisfaction is #1

We survey every customer because we want to continue finding ways to improve so, we can continue providing the BEST customer service in Tampa Bay.  All of our plumbing staff goes through an extensive screening and background check prior to entering any one’s home.  The service plumbers wear blue booties and use red carpets for their tools to protect your flooring and your home.  (We also leave you with a little gift showing our appreciation!)


Giving Back to our Tampa Customers

We understand that a plumbing company is not generally someone you would want to call, since Tampa plumbing issues generally mean dollar signs.  So, The Pampering Plumber developed a program that gives back to our Tampa customers by offering our “1in10” program!  This 1in10 program means every 10th Water Heater and Water Softener that we install is FREE!  Visit our website or our Facebook page to view our previous winners.  We’ve had over 100 Tampa residents win!

Read our reviews on Angie’s List, Facebook, Google+, and Yelp! If you’ve used our plumbing services before, review us on one of these sites and you’ll be entered to win a monthly prize.

Call us today for your Tampa plumbing service or repair and you won’t regret it!

Top 10 Reasons Why You NEED A Water Softener

Ten Reasons Why You NEED a Water Softener:

(It’s all about eliminating calcium and magnesium build-up)

  1. Eliminates spots on dishes and glassware
  2. Extends the life of appliances and fixtures
  3. Extends life of water heater and makes it more efficient
  4. Softer and Smoother Hair
  5. Clothing lasts much longer
  6. Save $$ on detergents and soaps
  7. Eliminates soap scum on bathtubs and shower doors
  8. Softer and Smoother Skin
  9. Clothing colors stay brighter
  10.  There must be something to it,  100% of fine dining restaurants have softeners!

Not to mention, every 10th Water Heater and Water Softener that the Pampering Plumber sells and installs in the Tampa Bay area is FREE!  Visit the website www.pamperingplumber.com or call 727-232-8400 for details.softener1in10

Plumbing Checklist To Prepare for Your Next Bathroom Renovation


While upgrading your bathroom is not nearly as expensive or extensive as many other home improvement projects, there are many details to figure out before you can get started. Your favorite Tampa plumbing company recommends putting together a list of what you need to do and may have already done. It will make the remodeling process all that much easier and your life a lot less stressful!

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What Is Hard Water and How Does It Affect Plumbing?

Dry, itchy skin is the tell-tale sign that your Tampa plumbing lines have hard water running through them. What exactly does this mean? Does it cause any problems other than leaving you a bit uncomfortable after getting out of the shower?

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Save Money with These Plumbing Solutions

Cutting back your home’s water usage may be easier than you think. Being conservative not only helps lighten the load on your wallet, but it also greatly reduces your environmental footprint. Every day, millions of gallons are wasted due to irresponsibility and carelessness. It is about time we all get serious about our Tampa plumbing expenses.

Did you know that if every household in the United States installed water-efficient appliances and fixtures, it would save 3 trillion gallons of water and nearly $20 billion per year? That is a lot of water and money that could be put to better use, so do your part by following this sound H2O-saving advice.

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Tips To Avoid DIY Plumbing Problems

Every homeowner dreams of being able to tackle any household repair or project without needing to contact a professional. Some people have the handyman skills to tackle basic tasks, but large do-it-yourself projects pose greater challenges and bring with them bigger risks.

The Tampa plumbers at The Pampering Plumber want to remind you to never attempt a repair job if you are not confident you can handle it solo. Can it be difficult to swallow your pride and pick up the phone? Definitely, but consider the cost of your investment. Will it be in your best interest from a financial (and mental) standpoint to pay a professional? Sometimes it is just the better choice to use an expert, especially since we have been called upon numerous times to correct Tampa plumbing damage done by inexperienced home and business owners.

Here are some tips for avoiding serious damage to your plumbing while attempting to do it yourself.

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Save Money With Regular Water Heater Upkeep

By performing regular maintenance on your Tampa water heater, you can reduce the amount that you pay every month on heating your water, which can translate to a significant amount over the years. These regular maintenance steps can also help your water heater to have fewer issues and last for its expected lifespan.

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How To Make Your Garbage Disposal Last

Garbage disposals are a huge convenience, however, the second your garbage disposal doesn’t work properly, life becomes much more difficult. Our Tampa plumbing service wants to help you make sure that your garbage disposal works properly for as long as possible with these tips.

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Find Out If You Need a New Water Heater

Hot water heaters are absolutely essential for any Tampa homeowner. They allow you the comfort of a hot shower or bath, and they also give you extra sanitizing power when you are washing clothes or dishes. Hot water heaters typically have long life expectancy, that range anywhere from 15 to 20 years with proper care. Most homeowners will honestly put it out of their minds that their unit will need to be replaced someday. They just assume that someday will be later down the line, even when it was actually yesterday.

Fortunately, hot water heaters do give off some signs that the time has come to replace them. If you see any of the following signs, you should call your local Tampa plumber to inspect your hot water heater and determine whether it needs to be replaced.

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