We proudly recommend and offer Bradford White water heaters. And for good reason. Aside from the fact that they are the only major USA Made water heater brand, they come standard with significant features that make them one of the best options you can choose.
Water heater tanks are made of steel, and over time, the steel can wear out and cause corrosion, resulting in early leaks and a possible flooded basement. Bradford White water heaters come standard with Vitraglas® Tank Lining. It’s a unique porcelain and enamel lining that protects the steel tank from early corrosion.
The Hydrojet® Performance System is a water jet system that mixes the water in your water heater’s tank. It prevents thermal stratification (where the water is colder at the bottom and warmer at the bottom) which makes the water heater much more efficient. And the water movement it creates helps reduce settlement build-up at the bottom of your tank.
Bradford White water heaters come standard with a 6-year warranty on the tank and a 1-year warranty on labor. If you install with Water Heaters Now, you'll get an additional 3-year warranty at no extra cost.
Bradford White water heaters are the only professional-grade water heater 100% made in America.
Gas water heaters ignite a flame to heat the water and if there is a gas leak near the pilot light, an explosion can occur. Bradford White’s Defender Safety System® is an innovative safety feature that automatically shuts off the gas lighting system when flammable vapors are detected.
These features make Bradford White water heaters among the longest-lasting, most efficient, and safest water heaters on the market.
Let’s dive into some more detail:
Bradford White comes standard with a unique tank lining that increases the typical life span of your water heater. Tank-style water heaters are made of steel, and to prevent them from premature rusting, Bradford white lines them with a patented enamel/porcelain lining that protects the steel - giving you a water heater that can last much longer than a typical water heater.
In a tank-style water heater, thermal stratification can occur and you don’t want this happening in your water heater. Thermal stratification is when there are ‘cool zones’ and ‘hot zones’ in the tank of your water heater, resulting in your water heater working harder than it needs to. When your water heater’s burner turns on, it heats the water making the molecules move very quickly. These molecules shoot up to the top of your water heater, leaving the cold ones settling to the bottom. The Hydrojet® Performance system is a tube with a series of water jets, mixing the water automatically, resulting in an even temperature throughout your water heater.
In addition to maintaining an even temperature, the Hydrojet® Performance System reduces settlement build-up at the bottom of your tank. The tap water coming in (unless you have a water softener and filtration system) contains tiny particles that are safe to drink but will fall to the bottom of the tank in your water heater and can cause corrosion. The Hydrojet® Performance system keeps these particles moving, and allows them to pass through the water lines in your house, out of the taps.
Bradford White water heaters come stock with a 6-year warranty on the tank and a 1 year warranty on labor. Water Heaters Now is the Bradford White preferred vendor in the Twin Cities and as a result we can offer our clients an extended labor warranty for 3 years at no additional cost.
By contrast, a typical water heater at a big box store will offer you a 2-year warranty on the tank, and if you end up needing to use the warranty you’ll have to find your own certified plumber to service it for you.
Flammable vapors can develop outside of a gas-fired water heater. When these vapors are detected the Bradford White Defender Safety System® will automatically shut down its operation, protecting your home from a potential fire.
Bradford White is committed to making the highest quality water heaters, and all of them are made on American soil. Many of the major water heater manufacturers have moved their operations overseas, and have reduced the amount of steel used to produce their water heaters. By contrast, the average Bradford White water heaters are made with 9-14 pounds of more steel than a typical water heater. This extra durability can make your water heater last longer than the others.