Bradford White Water Heaters
Made in the USA, Bradford White Hot Water Heaters are of the highest quality and durability. Bradford White offers a solution to any water heating need you may encounter with an extensive line of residential, commercial and industrial water heaters. Bradford White’s expertise in water heating includes gas, electric, oil, solar and indirectly powered models.
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The residential, gas-powered, conventionally vented water heater stands as the time-tested workhorse of our industry. Unlimited flows rates and large standby supplies of hot water have helped make this design the most popular style across a diverse geographic area. Whether powered by natural or propane (LP) gas, this venerable and familiar style has undergone considerable change in recent history. The most important change was the incorporation of Flammable Vapor Ignition Resistant (FVIR) technology. This new technology makes residential water heaters safer.*
In the U.S. where large, multiple and simultaneous hot water demands necessitate high flow rates, the large, stand-by hot water reserve a tank-type heater provides remains a prized attribute. The operating and energy efficiency of these water heaters continues to improve across the industry and now is approaching or surpassing the efficiencies of any other residential water heater design.
Through-the-Wall/Power-Vented Water Heaters
Whether they are called through-the-wall, power vented or direct vented, these gas-powered products all have one thing in common - they can be vented directly through the nearest outside wall. These water heaters operate and perform in the same way as a conventionally vented water heater, with the major difference being the method of venting.
Perfect for a multitude of applications, most through-the-wall models offer the option of venting vertically, horizontally or via a combination of both methods. This flexibility allows for placement of the water heater in the most advantageous location and does not force the installer to position the unit near an existing chimney or furnace exhaust pipe.
These products can be installed conveniently near existing water lines thus eliminating re-piping. Having dedicated venting automatically ensures that the vent pipe can handle the products of combustion (exhaust gases) safely.
Conventional Electric Water Heaters
Probably the least expensive tank-type water heaters to purchase and install, electric-powered models are a favorite with builders and installers in areas where alternative fuel sources are unavailable. Recent regulatory changes have made this type of electric water heater much more efficient thereby making the product class a better value.
Nothing could be simpler than replacing one electric water heater with a new one. There are no gas or oil lines to contend with and no venting to consider. It requires only removing the old heater, placing the new unit, installing the inlet and outlet water lines and connecting the electric power. Yearly operating costs are proportionally higher than gas or oil models but this is somewhat offset by the initial savings in both purchase price and installation costs.
Based on a design similar to that of an electric oven, these models heat water by using electric elements submersed inside the tank. The elements are placed one low and one high in the tank to distribute heat more evenly throughout the stored water.
As you look for a water heater for your home, there are a number of additional factors you might want to consider prior to making a final decision.
Many tank-type water heaters offer a self-cleaning device of some design. The purpose of these devices is to reduce the accumulation of sediment at the bottom of the water heater. In hard water areas, accumulated sediment can be severe and negatively impact the performance efficiency of the water heater, and causing premature tank failure. Bradford White offers the Hydrojet® Total Performance System. This cold water inlet tube causes turbulent action inside the tank. This helps flush out sediment, reduces thermal stratification, improves efficiency, reduces energy cost and helps prolong the
life of the water heater.
Almost every tank utilized in a conventional water heater is made of steel. To counteract the corrosive effects of hot water, the steel needs to be protected or lined in some way. Bradford White’s answer is called Vitraglas®. Vitraglas is an exclusive porcelain-like, ceramic coating. The powdered formula is sprayed and then baked onto the steel tank’s inner surface. The high silica content of Vitraglas provides a tough interior barrier to corrosion on
every Bradford White tanktype water heater.
Energy Guide Label
Just as with other major appliances, water heaters are affixed with the Energy Guide Label. On it you’ll find a particular model’s first hour rating, annual operating cost and also how that model compares to similar ones. Other information useful in determining the best water heater for your home includes the annual energy usage and also a national average unit cost of fuel.
First Hour Delivery
One of the most important considerations when selecting the right water heater is First Hour Delivery. This is the number of gallons of hot water available in the first hour of operation, also called the First Hour Rating (FHR). A bigger storage tank doesn’t always equate to a higher FHR. When considering a water heater, have your professional installer estimate your household’s peak-hour demand. Select a model with an FHR that meets or exceeds that number. The FHR of every water heater can be found on the Energy Guide Label.
Another important consideration when selecting a water heater is energy efficiency. Models with higher energy efficiency or energy factor (EF) may cost more initially but they will save you money over years of reliable service. Energy factor is based on recovery efficiency, standby heat loss and other factors. The energy factor of any water heater is expressed as a percentage. A higher percentage means a water heater with better fuel efficiency. When all else is equal, ask your professional installer for a water heater with the highest energy factor.
When considering a gaspowered water heater, there is more to the selection process than gallon capacity. The BTU input is a measure of the regulated gas flow rate that the heater utilizes to heat water in the storage tank. To put it simply, a higher BTU input means a more powerful heater. That equates to more usable hot water from the same size (gallon capacity) water heater. BTU inputs vary from water heater to water heater and manufacturer to manufacturer. A good rule of thumb is to select the water heater with the highest available BTU input in your desired gallon capacity. This will provide more hot water for your money.
Warranties for water heaters vary by duration, by coverage and by the conditions that must be met to keep the warranty in effect. Basic residential water heater warranties are relatively consistent regardless of manufacturer. As the purchaser of a new water heater, you may want to consider an extended warranty package. Bradford White offers a warranty upgrade package through the professional installer that extends the basic six-year warranty on most residential tank-type models to a full ten years. This option can provide you with peace of mind in knowing that the water heater and its parts are covered up to ten years from the date of installation.