Bradford White Water Heaters

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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.

About Bradford White Water Heater Co

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.

Model Reviews

The manufacturer of Bradford White water heaters carries a great number of types and models for home use. Appliances that are available are gas-, electric-, oil- and solar-powered, utilizing conventional tank-type and on-demand technology, and are found in different sizes, capacity and performance.

Bradford White gas group

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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.

Tank-type review

Gas-powered tank-type water heaters are split into several groups based on the venting option installation:

  • Atmospheric vented models

  • Power vented

  • Direct vented

  • Power Direct vented

The above categories can be further divided into:

  • Energy Saver models

  • High Input models

  • Extra Recovery

  • High Efficiency and EnergyStar compliant

  • High Performance

  • Ultra Low NOx

  • TTW
  • Manufactured home models


bradford white tankless

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.

Advanced features of the gas tank-type water heaters

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.

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Bradford White electric group

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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:

  • Energy Saver

  • High Efficiency

  • Lowboy

  • Utility

  • Powerful Compact

  • Wall Hung

  • Instantaneous
  • Heat pumps

For more information about the electric type, read the review here.

Bradford White oil-fired

Residential oil-fired water heaters from BW are coming from the Energy Saver series and utilize the advanced features mentioned above, such as the Vitraglass lining, Hydrojet Total Performance System and quality magnesium anode rod. There are several models in the offer with the center or rear flue and with the maximum capacity of 50 gallons.

Bradford White solar

BW solar water heaters are designed mainly for the solar indirect systems with the gas or electric backup and the capacity range from low 45 to 115 gallons. Here are the available models:
  • 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.

How to contact BW

725 Talamore Drive, Ambler, PA 19002, phone US: 800.523.2931

For more information about the warranty, products and manuals see the official website here.

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