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Hot Water Solutions Q2 Supply Chain Newsletter


Posted: Jul 18, 2016

A.O. SMITH TIER 3 PRODUCT LAUNCH

These new products significantly increase Tier 3 product diversity and stocking. Additionally, these products typically qualify for the highest utility rebates available and allow increased ongoing savings for your customers. A.O. Smith produces the following eight brands that now meet Tier 3 criteria:

  • American
  • A.O. Smith
  • Kenmore
  • Lochinvar
  • Reliance
  • State
  • U.S. Craftmaster
  • Whirlpool

See the Qualified Products List to view all model numbers. Each brand offers a 50-, 66- and 80-gallon product; Northern Climate Energy Factors are 2.43, 2.56, and 2.70 respectively. This means that with this new product your customers can now save up to 60% on their electric water heating costs!

Hot Water Solutions will integrate the 'up to 60% savings' message on HotWaterSolutionsNW.org as well as in new promotion materials, and we encourage all market partners to do the same.

A.O. Smith will be hosting three brief online training sessions to discuss the features of their new products this Wednesday, July 20th. We encourage you to attend to learn more about these exciting new products.

A.O. Smith HPWH Training - 10:00 a.m PST - Click here to attend

State HPWH Training - 11:00 a.m PST - Click here to attend

American HPWH Training - 12:00 p.m PST - Click here to attend

A.O. SMITH TIER 3 PROMOTION

Hot Water Solutions is collaborating with A.O. Smith to launch a promotion highlighting their new products in 2016 with strategies in both wholesale and retail channels. Product is being produced, shipped and should be commercially available later this month.

Encourage your customers to take advantage of these substantial markdowns on new A.O. Smith products. Promotional pricing is regionally available at Ferguson branch locations. Many other A.O. Smith distributors will also be offering the promotional pricing - please confirm with your local branch.

Wholesale

  • Markdowns are available at participating Northwest A.O. Smith wholesale locations*
  • Applicable to qualified HPWH products in all the A.O. Smith family of brands
  • Available through March 2017 or while funds last, slated to launch in July

Retail

  • Markdowns are available at participating Northwest A.O. Smith retail locations*
  • Applicable to qualified HPWH products in all the A.O. Smith family of brands
  • Available through March 2017 or while funds last, slated to launch in August

*Markdowns are subject to change

GE GEOSPRING PROMOTION

    The GE GeoSpring promotion is currently underway through December 2016. Lowe's and other retailers may offer markdowns in addition to the manufacturer markdown; please check in with your local retailers for current pricing. Details include:

    • Markdowns are available in the Northwest GE supply chain
    • Applicable to GE GeoSpring Tier 3 units
    • Available through December 2016 or while funds last
    • Find locations on geospring.com or geospring.com/pro

    NOTE FROM THE FIELD: HPWH CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS

    Our Quality Assurance Inspections revealed an increased rate of deviations due to improper installation clearances. Please pay attention to required clearances around and above the unit (anywhere from 6 to 12 inches) as specified in the manufacturer's installation instructions. HPWHs need adequate clearance to intake and exhaust air; failure to meet clearance requirements can affect the unit performance and the warranty.

    NEW HOT WATER SOLUTIONS IMAGE LIBRARY

    Visit https://hotwatersolutions.org/partners/resources/image-library/heat-pump-water-heater to view the library and download images.

    The image library is password-protected; contactinfo@hotwatersolutions.org to request access and login credentials.

    ADVANCED WATER HEATER SPECIFICATION

    The Northern Climate Specification is now the Advanced Water Heater Specification. The new name emphasizes that while the specification is rooted in ensuring performance in cooler northern climates, its applicability and benefits extend well beyond the Northwest.

    Learn More

    What are Tiers?

    Energy efficiency levels and features of heat pump water heaters vary by product tier. Higher tier products have greater efficiency and the more advanced product features.

    Learn More

    The higher the energy factor, the more efficient the water heater.