Bradford White Gas
Water Heaters 
Review and Buying Tips

Explore Bradford White gas water heaters and its superior features. See which models are using power -, direct - and atmospheric venting and how Energy Star compliance results in high-efficient water heating - for significant savings.

Bradford White gas water heater

Bradford White offers a variety of natural and propane gas water heaters for home water heating, and they are divided into the two main groups: storage tank-type and tankless models. The tankless group is much smaller and is designed for high-efficient water heating in homes that have a higher demand for hot water while providing it in continuous supply and on demand.

The group that consists of water storage tanks is much bigger, and below you will explore a variety of types and models with and without Energy Star approval.


Features review

Bradford White gas water heaters are well-known and appreciated heaters, mainly because of the quality and advanced features incorporated into the design and benefits they offer.

The ICON system is the system that includes a sophisticated and intelligent gas control technology supported by the microprocessor for your benefits and energy savings. The ICON system offers the advanced temperature control for the accurate and consistent water temperature, enhanced First Hour Delivery, diagnostic codes for easy troubleshooting, energy independence and other advantages that increase the safety, performance, and efficiency.

The Defender Safety System includes the ScreenLok Technology which prevents the flame from the combustion chamber to escape outside the water heater. The technology resists igniting flammable vapors, which allows Bradford White gas water heaters FVIR and ANSI compliance. The benefits that come with this feature are the increased efficiency, low NOx emission, less maintenance and longevity of the unit. Some models also include the Eco-Defender system which provides even better environment protection as its improved gas burner allows combustion with the ultra-low NOx emission.

The Hydrojet or Hydrojet 2 System with a specially designed dip tube allows turbulent mixing of the incoming cold water and water stored inside the tank. With this efficient mixing, energy consumption and sediment build-up are reduced.

The Vitraglass lining is actually a ceramic porcelain-like coating that effectively protects the metal tank from the aggressive water conditions (corrosion).

Models review

Atmospheric vent models

Bradford White gas water heaters that utilize atmospheric venting can be found as:

Standard (economy) atmospheric vent gas models, available in sizes from 30-50 gallons that have a low energy factor of max. 0.64.

Models that utilize an automatic flue damper to keep the heat longer inside the unit's body and therefore increase the energy efficiency. These models are Energy Star compliant.

High Input models are models that come with an extra recovery so hot water is available faster than when compared to standard models. This group of water heaters includes one model with the highest capacity of 100 gallons.

High EF models that come with the high efficient blower on the top of the unit resulting in high EF of 0.70, which qualifies them for the Energy Star recognition.

Atmospheric vent models designed for manufactured or mobile homes.

Power vent models

Bradford White gas water heaters with the power venting have a powerful electronic blower, which allows much more flexibility in installation as the venting can run horizontally or vertically. They are used in areas where the atmospheric type cannot be used.

Bradford White water heater from the High-Efficiency eF series has a capacity of 50 gallons, and it features a dual-pass heat exchanger which is capable of providing an ultra-efficient water heating, with the energy factor of over 0.9.

Power Vent TTW series of tank-type water heaters allow horizontal, through the wall and vertical, through the roof venting options, utilizing 2" or 3" PVC, ABS or CPVC pipes. These are available in capacities from 40 to 75 gallons, and all models are Energy Star.

Power Direct vent models

There are four models in this group, with the capacities from 40 to 75 gallons and maximum energy efficiency of 0.70. All models, except a 75-gal unit, are Energy Star compliant. Due to the closed combustion system, these models with the twin-pipe venting system, are great for areas that lack fresh air for gas combustion.

Direct vent models

Bradford White gas water heaters with the direct venting utilize a co-axial venting system, a system that uses a pipe within a pipe for moving the flue gases out and bringing the fresh combustion air in.

Direct Vent water heaters are designed with the closed combustion chamber and are used in a situation where there is an insufficient combustion air flow.

There are three models available for residential applications; 40, 48 and 50 gallons and all models have a low energy factor of maximum 0.62. Direct vent models for manufactured homes are also available.

Energy Star models

Bradford White gas water heaters are also high-efficient and Energy Star compliant and can be found among all the above groups: Atmospheric Vent, Power Vent, Ultra Low NOx Power Vent, as they meet minimum requirements such as the Energy Factor of 0.67 and FHR 67 gallons.

Atmospheric vent (natural gas -N, propane -X):

  • RG2F40S
  • RG2F50S
  • RG2D40S
  • RG2D50S

Power vent (natural gas -N, propane -X):

  • RG2PV40S
  • RG2PV50S
  • RG2PV40T
  • RG2PV50T
  • RG2PV40H

Power Direct vent (natural gas -N, propane -X):

  • RG2PDV40S
  • RG2PDV50S
  • RG2PDV50H

Power vent Ultra Low Nox (natural gas -N):

  • URG2PV40T
  • URG2PV50T
  • URG2PV50H

Power Direct vent Ultra Low NOx (natural gas -N):

  • URG2PDV40S
  • URG2PDV50S
  • URG2PDV50H


  • RTG-199HE

The above models for residential water heating are also eco-friendly as some utilize the ultra-low NOx gas burners. The tank-type water heaters come with the warranty of 6 and 10 years, while the tankless have a longer 12-year warranty.


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