Review of the Bradford White Electric Water Heaters

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Discover a great selection of Bradford White electric water heaters for home water heating, main features, pros, and cons. Find out how high efficient models can reduce the energy costs.


Electric-powered Bradford White water heaters are found in several sizes and types, and are using two technologies; conventional tank-type and tankless or on-demand. All the heaters are built for residential - home use, but some can be used in commercial and manufactured or mobile homes as well.

Electric-type heating is the most popular way of hot water production where the propane and natural gas are not available.

Model and feature review

Bradford White offers several types of water heaters, where the Upright models are designed as conventional type, Lowboy, TableTop and Utility as specialty models, tankless or with a small tank size.

Efficient and safe heating

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Every conventional tank-type model is equipped with one or two immersed and screw-in type heating elements that are transferring the energy directly to the surrounding water very efficiently (up to 99%).

Units equipped with the two heating elements operate simultaneously or non-simultaneously when only one or both elements are heating water at the same time. The fast-acting thermostat provides automatic temperature control and has the built-in ECO feature that prevents the unit from overheating.

The recommendation is to buy a heater with a thicker foam insulation (at least 2 inches), as it reduces the standby heat loss and the heat traps that reduce the heat loss in piping.

Sediment reduction

All the standard type units come with the Hydrojet Total Performance System that incorporates the specialty dip tube design to generate the turbulent flow of the incoming cold water and reduce the sediment built-up at the bottom of the tank while increasing the First Hour Delivery and performance.

Corrosion protection

Factory installed magnesium anode rod and Vitraglas lining are working together in protecting the metal tank from the aggressive water action that can corrode the metal elements.

Model review

Residential Upright models

Residential Upright water heaters are found in three sizes: 30, 40 and 50 gallons with the voltage from 120 V to 480 V, in a single- or three-phase operation.

Residential Utility

The Utility models are mainly used in applications where the demand for hot water is lower because its capacity is from 6 to 19.5 gallons. Due to its smaller and compact size they can easily be installed anywhere inside the house or aparment. They carry only one heat element. The 6 and 12-gallon models are equipped with the connections that allow either side or top installation.

Lowboy series

Lowboy series are built with capacities from 19 to 38 gallons and due to its smaller sizes are meant for homes with the tight spaces and where the installation of the standard type is not possible.

Other

Wall Hung and Compact models are ideal for wall mount, under the sink or above sink installation and the tank size ranges from 2 gallons for the Compact model to 19 gallons for the Wall Hung models.

Tankless electric

KwickShot is the Bradford White brand name for the electric tankless water heaters, appliances that heat water on demand and provide hot water in unlimited supply. They are designed small and compact for easy wall-installation and are capable of replacing the conventional tank-type water heaters. Bradford White electric models from KwickShot can be found as the single and three-phase models, with the thermostatic and flow control, and voltage range from 120 to 277 V and power from 3 to 38 kW.

KwickShot models are most of the time used in the kitchen or bathroom as the under-sink or point-of-use models, for fast hot water delivery in residential applications. They can also heat water to higher temperatures of 180 F and be used in hospitals, garages, schools, restaurants, manufacturing...

Solar Saver

For those who would like to incorporate free solar heating, Bradford White has a Solar Saver, which comes with one lower 4500 Watt heating element, thick 2" foam and Hydrojet system for sediment reduction.

All Bradford White electric water heaters come with the maximum warranty of 10 years.


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