Bradford White is American Made and American Owned. They continue to expand their manufacturing facility in Middleville, Michigan and hire American workers who take great pride in building the best products the industry has to offer.
Still built in America’s heartland and still proudly headquartered in Ambler, Pennsylvania, Bradford White has also grown through the acquisition of other companies with manufacturing facilities in the United States: Laars Heating Systems in Rochester, New Hampshire; and Niles Steel Tank in Niles, Michigan.
So, while some companies may talk about the importance of American manufacturing, at least one company is actually doing something about it…Bradford White.
DEFENDER WATER HEATER SYSTEM
These water heaters utilize a draft diverter and are atmospherically vented with capacities ranging from 29 to 60 gallons and inputs ranging from 30,000-50,000 BTU’s. These models are perfect for many standard water heating applications.
Bradford White ICON System Features
- Enhanced Performance
- Advanced Temperature Control System
- Intelligent Diagnostics
- Pilot On Indication
- Green LED
- Separate Immersed Thermowell
Bradford White Standard Energy Saver Features
- Advanced ScreenLok® Technology Flame Arrestor design
- Resettable thermal switch
- Maintenance free
- Pedestal base
- Sight window
- Factory installed Hydrojet® Total Performance System
- Vitraglas® lining
- ¾” NPT factory installed dielectric waterway fittings
- Protective magnesium anode rod
- “3” x “4” Snap-Lock draft diverter on 40,000 BTU/Hr. or less models
- “T&P” relief valve included
- Brass drain valve
- 1″ Non-CFC foam insulation
All of our water heaters come with a Water Alarm, at no additional charge.
With every water heater installation, we install a Pro Series Water Alarm – FREE! A water alarm works just like a a smoke detector. Is alarms any time it detects water beneath it. It will detect water leaks before they cause costly water damage. We install one directly on your water heater at the time of installation.
They also have other places where they can be installed to protect you such as:
- Behind Your Washing Machine
- Your Utility Room
- Your Laundry Room
- Your Kitchen
- Your Bathroom
Are you in need of one today? We can come out and install a water alarm in any room where you feel there is a risk for water damage. For pricing and details call us today.
Selecting a new water heater
There are numerous factors to consider when choosing a new water heater. For example, you might logically think that the larger the tank the better. But larger is of little use if it takes hours for the heater to deliver hot water after being emptied. That is why a heater’s FHR or “first-hour rating” is much more important than its capacity. It tells you the amount of hot water it can deliver in an hour, and it is stated by law on the Energy Guide label of any new water heater.
We are currently offering Buy One Water Power Vented Water Heater & Get One Water Softener Free. Learn more.
Should you install a “tankless” water heater?
A relatively new and highly-efficient option is a “tankless” water heater. These supply unlimited hot water on demand by heating it instantly. There are two primary benefits:
- Hot water is not languishing in a tank, being kept heated 24/7 while you are not using it—or might not even be at home.
- Depending on the age and quality of the traditional water heater to which you are comparing it, tankless technology is 30-to-80 percent more efficient.
Given these two benefits, a tankless water heater can easily save you as much as 50 percent of your hot water use and cost.
So what kind of water heater is right for you?
As part of our free initial consultation, we will advise you about the type, capacity, and efficiency-rating best suited to your home and your family’s needs.
Call us today at 608-205-4410 to schedule a convenient appointment.
Furnaces and central air-conditioners quickly come to mind when homeowners think about containing energy costs and conserving natural resources. But they often overlook their water heater, even though it is usually the second-biggest energy user in their home. Yet, energy-saving strategies are easy to implement. Among things you can do:
- Insulate your hot water pipes – Escaping heat from exposed pipes makes it more difficult to keep water hot as it moves from the heater to the place where you need it. Not only that, stray heat from water pipes forces your air-conditioner to work harder in the summer. Insulating pipes is easy to do and inexpensive. Polyethylene “pipe wrap” is available at most hardware stores and home improvement centers.
- Install flow restrictors on your showerheads – What makes a great shower is not the amount of water—but its pressure. Older showers can use water at the rate of 7.0 gallons-per-minute. A flow restrictor can reduce that to as little as 1.5 gallons-per-minute while maintaining the same water pressure, effectively reducing your hot water consumption by up to 44 percent. So you can save money, conserve resources, and still enjoy a great shower.
- Use aerators – Water will gush from your faucet and splash all over without an aerator. It is a simple device that adds air to a stream of water, forming it into many tiny droplets. Simply screwing an aerator onto your tap affects pressure only slightly, but significantly decreases the amount of water in the flow—although it might actually seem as if more water were coming out!
- Shower instead of bath – It takes 30 gallons of water to fill the average tub compared to 20 gallons for the average 5-minute shower. That is a 33 percent savings of both hot and cold water use.
- Let bath water stand and cool – If you decide to bathe, let the water stand and cool rather than immediately draining it. The leftover heat radiated can effectively warm your home “free” for an hour.
- Run sink-water sparingly – There is no reason to have water running while shaving or brushing teeth.
- Use your washer wisely – Only do full loads. It costs virtually as much to run your washer for a full load as a half. So washing half loads costs you twice as much. And remember: warm or hot water is expensive but seldom necessary for washing most fabrics.
- Ditto your dishwasher – It will use 14 gallons of water no matter how many dishes are inside. Avoiding the “rinse & hold” feature will save you about 3-to-7 of those gallons. Scraping dishes in advance lets you skip the hot rinse for even more savings. And air-drying costs you nothing. (If your dishwasher does not have an “air dry” setting, then just turn it off after the final rinse and prop open the door.)
- Consider a new hot water heater – Today’s water heaters are far more energy efficient than those that are ten or more years old.
After purchasing your new water heater, consider joining our maintenance program. Learn more about our money-saving maintenance program called Comfort Club.