Water heater manufacturers have always differentiated themselves on ease of installation and servicing. But in an era where qualified technicians are worth their weight in gold, manufacturers are focusing on simplicity more than ever, Nicole Krawcke writes in Plumbing & Mechanical.

“The number of skilled trade jobs in the U.S. is far outpacing the supply of qualified workers to fill them,” Krawcke writes. “A new analysis by the skilled trades division of staffing leader PeopleReady finds that the most in-demand skilled trade jobs are remaining unfilled the longest — roughly a month on average — due to the shortage of qualified workers.”

“While most plumbing and HVAC contractors are struggling to find experienced technicians, manufacturers are doing their best to help ease the strain by offering products with simplified installation as well as service and maintenance,” Krawcke adds.

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