Bradford White: Only the Best
At Water Heater Hero we only use and recommend brands we would feel safe and happy to put in our own homes. Bradford White water heaters come with a 6-year, 9-year, or 12-year warranty. We also promise a 1-year warranty on our labor and installation. We believe that in addition to high quality service that you are entitled to high quality brands and materials.
We can install water heaters of any type and size to fit the needs of your home and family:
- Storage Tank, Heat Pump, or Tankless Water Heaters
- Gas & Electric
- 30 to 100 Gallon Tank Capacities
- “High Boys” and “Low Boys”
- Standard and Energy-Efficient Models
Electric water heaters are the most common type of water heater. They are comprised of a heating element and an insulated tank in which water is heated and stored until it is needed. The element cycles on and off to maintain the water temperature.
The capacity of an electric water heater ranges from 28-100 gallons. They come in Short (Lowboy) units for low-clearance spaces as well as Tall (Highboy) units for regular height installations such a basements, closets, and garages. Bradford White has an extensive selection to fit any household need.
Gas water heaters are also common. They also have an insulated tank that holds hot water for future use. However, they heat the water using a natural gas or propane burner. While natural gas water heaters typically cost more than their electric counterparts, they are more energy efficient and therefore have lower operating costs over their lifespan.
The capacity of a gas water heater rages from 30-100 gallons. They also come in Lowboy or Highboy configurations. Because they heat water using combustion, they need airflow around the unit and the area should be clear of flammable materials. Bradford White gas water heaters are efficient and offer various venting configurations.
Hybrid or heat-pump water heaters also use a heating element to heat the water and a tank to store it for future use. Additionally, they extract ambient heat from the air and transfer it to the water. This can result in up to 60% energy savings and recovery time up to 1/3 faster than an electric water heater. Hybrids also have multiple operating modes to increase efficiency. While the units cost more than their electric cousins, it is quickly paid back in energy savings.
These units have capacities from 50 to 80 gallons and only come in the tall configuration. Since the heat pump is on top, hybrid water heaters can require extra vertical clearance. They also require an air source from which the heat pump can capture heat. As such, they work better in warmer climates, but cannot be installed in low or tight spaces with limited airflow. The Bradford White heat pump water heater is super efficient and reliable.
Tankless water heaters, as the name suggests, have no water storage tank. They come in gas or electric varieties and use a burner (gas) or heating element (electric) to heat water as it flows through the unit. Unlike storage tank units, there is no recovery time because the water is heated on-demand.
However, tankless water heaters have a maximum flow rate (gallons per minute or GPM) of hot water they can deliver. This capacity varies based on temperature rise. The more the unit must heat the water to achieve the set hot water temperature the lower the GPM flow rate. This means it’s possible to “run out” of hot water at times of heavy demand. Just like storage tank units, it’s important to have a tankless unit properly sized to your usage needs.
Tankless water heaters cost more than storage tank units but can reduce energy consumption by up to 30%. They are mounted on the wall, thus freeing up floor space.