Check out why the manufacturer of Bradford White water heaters is the preferable company to deal with. The high reputation of the Bradford White brand is the result of a great product quality, innovative design, advanced features, good service network, availability of the replacement parts and rapid repairs. Explore the gas, electric and solar types and use the comparison charts to review the best models.
Bradford White Corp. with its long history, dating back to 1881, is one of the America's largest and oldest water heater manufacturers.
The Headquarters is in Philadelphia and 800,000 sq. ft. manufacturing operation is in Middleville, Michigan.
Bradford White subsidiaries are LAARS, a leading manufacturer of commercial and residential gas and oil-fired boilers and commercial pool heaters; and NST, Niles Steel Tank Company, manufacturer of the custom pressure vessels.
The group of gas-powered Bradford White water heaters utilize both natural and propane gas and is very extensive; it contains models for every home, small and large, either as the retrofit or as the new installation.
You will find water heaters that are economy models with the basic features... perfect for smaller homes, apartments or condos, also more expensive, but ultra high efficiency, with the great recovery rate and FHR that produce significantly less NOx gases. These are the best models to buy.
Gas-powered tank-type water heaters are split into several groups based on the venting option installation:
Atmospheric vented models
The above categories can be further divided into:
Energy Saver models
High Input models
High Efficiency and EnergyStar compliant
Ultra Low NOx
Manufactured home models
Bradford White water heaters with the tankless technology are known as Infinity series, designed for on-demand and continuous supply of hot water in residential and light commercial applications.
There are six standard-type and EnergyStar models with the energy factor of 0.82 and maximum water flow of 9.4 GPM and four condensing units with the maximum efficiency of 0.96 and water flow of 9.8 GPM.
ScreenLok Technology, as part of the Defender Safety System, utilizes the flame arrestor to prevent the ignition of the flammable vapors outside the combustion chamber. Water heaters with this feature provide better efficiency while generating very low NOx emissions. Thermal switch is installed to deactivate burner and pilot light if there is no sufficient air flow due to lint dust or oil accumulated on the arrestor plate.
The ICON system uses the control board with a digital LCD display, while combining the temperature control, diagnostic codes and system ignition functions for better control and usage of the system.
The Hydrojet Total Performance System is the system that is used to reduce the sediment builtup inside the unit. It uses the dip tube that is designed with the jet ports to create the turbulent water flow, therefore preventing or reducing the accumulation of the mineral deposits. This way, the thermal efficiency and performance of the heater are increased.
The Hydrojet2 is a similar feature to the above system but is designed for use in high input applications.
The electric group of Bradford White water heaters is not as wide as the gas group, but there are still many models available; from the economy to high quality and from small instantaneous and wall-hung to the upright high capacity models.
Also, the availability of different sizes, wattages and voltages provide great flexibility; the heaters are designed up to 119 gallon tank size, operate from 1500 to 6000 watts and from 120 to 480 volts in a single or three phase.
Electric and gas type water heaters from Bradford White manufacturer share many common features and these include the above mentioned Hydrojet Total Performance System, Vitraglass lining, mostly one magnesium anode rod, heat traps and other.
These are the available categories:
EcoStor2 SC - solar indirect system with the internal single coil and gas backup low NOx burner. You can buy models that are atmospheric vented and models that are power vented... depends on your home installation options.
EcoStor Open Loop with the gas low NOx burner and atmospheric or power venting
EcoStor2 SC indirect system with the single coil Eco-Defender
EcoStor2 SC indirect system with the dual heat exchangers
EcoStor SC indirect system with the electric backup
EcoStor2 SC indirect system with the electric backup
Solar Saver Series of electric solar water heaters
There are two limited warranty options for conventional type Bradford White water heaters; one is standard 6 years and the other, extended, is 10 years, both warranties cover glass-lined tank.
Tankless models have the 12-year limited warranty on the heat exchangers and 5 on parts, all in residential applications.
725 Talamore Drive, Ambler, PA 19002, phone US: 800.523.2931For more information about the warranty, products and manuals see the official website here.
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