Bradford White Gas Water Heaters

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Explore the main features of Bradford White gas water heaters including the ultra efficient, high input and recovery, low and ultra low NOx models and models with the power, direct and atmospheric venting. Also use the comparison charts to compare the gas models with the technical data.


Bradford White Gas WH Review

There is a great selection of Bradford White gas water heaters powered by natural gas and propane (LP) gas, all contained in the four main groups:

Most of the water heaters from the above groups are designed with the Bradford White's exclusive features such as the Hydrojet Total Performance System, ICON system and Vitraglass lining, so it can deliver improved performance, higher efficiency, greater reliability and more operating hours.



Atmospheric Vented Models Review

Bradford White gas water heaters with the atmospheric vents are the most common type. The atmospheric type unit uses one vertical vent pipe that runs straight up through the roof or is connected to the chimney. The products of combustion from the atmospheric type heaters are securely vented out, thanks to the draft diverter, long pipes, pressure and temperature difference between the hot flue gases and the environment.

Energy Saver FVIR series

Ranging from 29-gal capacity to the maximum 60 gallons, Energy Saver FVIR models are designed to use both propane and natural gas and are recommended for small to medium size homes. Other than the above Hydrojet and Vitraglass systems, these models also offer the following features:

  • Defender Safety System
  • Advanced Screen Lock Technology Flame arrestor design
  • Resettable thermal switch

Energy Saver FVIR with Ultra Low NOx

  • Eco-Defender Safety System
  • Eco-friendly and ultra-low NOx gas burner
  • No electricity required
  • Millivolt powered control
  • Resettable thermal switch and digital thermal sensor
  • 30-gal to 60-gal tank capacity
  • Available only in natural gas

High Input

High Input Atmospheric Vent Energy Saver models feature large 75 and 100-gallon tank size, the high recovery rate and 76,000 and 85,000 BTU gas input (natural and LP gas). No need for external energy supply as it uses the heat energy from the pilot flame to generate electricity. Other features include:

  • Hydrojet2
  • Side connections for space heating
  • ICON system

Extra High Input Ultra Low NOx Energy Saver

  • Ultra low NOx burner
  • Digital thermal sensor and resettable thermal switch
  • ICON system
  • 75-gal and 100-gal models
  • Natural gas only

High EF FVIR Energy Saver

High EF models are found in sizes from 30 to 60 gallons and are available in both natural gas and propane. The maximum thermal efficiency is 79%.

  • Defender Safety System
  • Resettable thermal switch
  • Advanced Screen Lock Technology Flame arrestor design
  • 2" foam insulation

High EF FVIR Ultra Low NOx Energy Saver

  • Eco-Defender Safety System
  • Ultra Low NOx gas burner
  • 2" foam insulation
  • No electricity required
  • Millivolt powered control
  • Resettable thermal switch and digital thermal sensor
  • 30-gal to 60-gal tank capacity
  • Natural gas only

Extra Recovery with FVIR

Extra recovery Bradford White gas water heaters provide more hot water than standard appliances and in less time. There are three models available, ranging from 40 to 65 tank size and 40,000-65,000 BTU gas input. All the appliances are equipped with the FVIR protection system.

  • Defender Safety System
  • Resettable thermal switch
  • Advanced Screen Lock Technology Flame arrestor design
  • 2" foam insulation
  • Side connections for space heating
If you need an extra recovery unit with larger tank size, 75-gallon water heater is available with the Hydrojet 2 system but with no Defender Safety System.

Extra Recovery with FVIR and Ultra Low NOx

  • Eco-Defender Safety System
  • Ultra Low NOx gas burner
  • 2" foam insulation (except 40-gal unit)
  • No electricity required
  • Millivolt powered control
  • Resettable thermal switch and digital thermal sensor
  • 40-gal to 75-gal tank capacity
  • Side connections
  • Natural gas only

Super High EF Energy Saver

  • Defender Safety System
  • Advanced Screen Lock Technology Flame arrestor design
  • 2" foam insulation
  • Flammable vapor sensor
  • High efficiency blower
  • Both 40-gal and 50-gal models are EnergyStar compliant

Gas Damper High EF Energy Saver

  • Defender Safety System
  • Advanced Screen Lock Technology Flame arrestor design
  • 2" foam insulation
  • Flammable vapor sensor
  • Energy Star approved
  • 40- and 50-gallon models available

High Performance Energy Saver

  • High input combustion system
  • Integrated mixing device
  • Helical fin flue
  • Hydrojet2
  • Two anode rod
  • 25-gal and 55-gal models
  • High first hour delivery; 155-200 GPH

FVIR Manufactured Home Energy Saver

  • Defender Safety System
  • Advanced Screen Lock Technology Flame arrestor design
  • Resettable thermal switch
  • 30- and 40-gallon models available
After reviewing the above models and its features, including the technical data, the best Bradford White gas water heaters with the atmospheric venting belong to the group of High Performance Energy Saver and High EF FVIR Ultra Low NOx Energy Saver.

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Power Vented Models Review

Bradford White gas water heaters with the power vent option utilize an electric fan that forces the exhaust gases out, through the vent pipe. These units can be used when the long vent pipes are needed and when the heater is located far away from the outside wall.

Ultra High Efficiency Energy Saver

  • ICON HD design
  • 95% thermal efficiency
  • Low NOx gas burner
  • Two operation modes display
  • Four magnesium anode rods
  • Side connections

TTW High Performance

Energy Saver High Performance TTW models feature two sizes: 25 and 55-gallon capacity, providing 76,000 and 78,000 BTU/hr and delivering amazing 155 and 200 gallons.

  • ICON
  • Hydrojet2
  • Two anodes
  • Honeywell self diagnostic gas control
  • Electronic ignition
  • Helical fin flue
  • Horizontal and vertical venting

TTW1 FVIR Energy Saver

Defender Safety System Energy Saver TTW1 models are EnergyStar water heaters with 40, 50 and 60 gallons tank size and from 40,000 to 42,000 BTU/hr gas input. Very flexible in vent installation.

  • Defender Safety System with ICON
  • Advanced ScreenLok Technology
  • Electronic ignition
  • Horizontal and vertical venting

TTW High EF Energy Saver

  • Defender Safety System with ICON
  • Energy Star compliant
  • Advanced ScreenLok Technology
  • Electronic ignition
  • Horizontal and vertical venting
  • 2" foam insulation
  • 40-gal to 60-gal models

TTW2 FVIR Energy Saver

  • Defender Safest System (except 75-gal model)
  • ICON system
  • Energy Star compliant
  • Advanced ScreenLok Technology
  • Electronic ignition
  • Horizontal and vertical venting
  • 2" foam insulation
  • Side connections
  • 3 models available; 48-gal, 65-gal and 75-gal

TTW XR High EF Energy Saver

  • Defender Safety System with the ICON system
  • Energy Star compliant
  • Advanced ScreenLok Technology
  • Horizontal and vertical venting
  • 2" foam insulation
  • 2 models available; 50-gal and 65-gal

Direct Vent

Bradford White gas water heaters with the direct vent utilize the venting system that moves the products of gas combustion without utilizing the electrical blower, while getting the fresh air also through the outside wall.

Energy Saver FVIR

Defender Safety System Energy Saver Direct Vent models are closed combustion water heaters, with co-axial, pipe inside a pipe, venting system. There are two 40 and 50-gallon capacity models with 38,000 and 42,000 BTU/hr. High-Input models are also available with 48, 65 and 75-gallon tank size and 50,000 to 60,000 BTUs.

  • Defender Safety System with the ICON system
  • Closed combustion
  • Coaxial vents

High Input FVIR Energy Saver

  • Defender Safety System with the ICON system
  • Closed combustion
  • Co-axial vents
  • Side connections for space heating

Manufactured Home Energy Saver

  • Convertible control for use with LP or natural gas
  • Closed combustion
  • Two models available: 30-gal and 40-gal

Ultra Low NOx

  • Defender Safety System with the ICON system
  • Coaxial vent system
  • Optional flex vent kit
  • Ultra low NOx burner
  • 40- and 50-gallon models available
  • Natural gas models only

High Input Ultra Low NOx Energy Saver

  • Defender Safety System with the ICON system
  • Coaxial vent system
  • Optional flex vent kit
  • Ultra low NOx burner
  • 48-gal, 65-gal and 75-gal models available
  • Higher first hour rating and recovery rate, when compared to the previous Ultra Low NOx models
  • Natural gas models only

Power Direct Vent series

Bradford White gas water heaters from eF series are the most efficient tank-type models from this manufacturer. Unfortunately, only one model is available, 60-gallon, but it comes with the ultra high thermal efficiency of 95% and great 154 GPH recovery rate, making it ideal for high demanding homes.

Ultra High Efficiency Energy Saver

  • ICON HD advanced design
  • 95% thermal efficiency
  • Low NOx gas burner
  • Two operation modes
  • Four magnesium anode rods
  • Side connections

PDX1 FVIR Energy Saver

  • Defender Safety System with the ICON system
  • Electronic ignition
  • Advanced ScreenLok Technology
  • Horizontal and vertical venting
  • 2 models available; 40-gal and 50-gal

PDX4 FVIR Energy Saver

  • Defender Safety System with the ICON system
  • Energy Star approved
  • Electronic ignition
  • 2" foam insulation
  • Horizontal and vertical venting
  • 2 models available; 40-gal and 50-gal

PDX2 FVIR Energy Saver

  • Defender Safety System with the ICON system
  • Energy Star approved
  • Electronic ignition
  • 2" foam insulation
  • Horizontal and vertical venting
  • 3 models available; 48-gal, 65-gal and 75-gal

The manufacturer of Bradford White gas water heaters gets many positive reviews from its users and that is the reason why we recommend these products for heating potable water in residential applications. The above was just an overview of the main characteristics, but if you would like to know more about these and other products or read the manuals and service bulletins, check out the official website here.



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