The Bradford White TTW is a residential power-vent gas water heater with an Energy Factor of up to 0.70. The capacity of the TTW ranges from 40 to 75 gallons, and select models are Energy Star qualified. It features a corrosion-resistant Vitraglas lining, and a layer of non-CFC foam insulation helps reduce heat loss. An advanced temperature control system monitors and controls burner operation, and an LED diagnostic system shows ten different diagnostic codes for quick troubleshooting. The unit is configured for vertical and horizontal venting through a roof or wall, and a flammable vapor sensor shuts down the burner if flammable vapors are detected. A magnesium anode rod protects against rust and corrosion, and a T&P relief valve and brass drain valve are factory installed.
Been in for 16 years. No problems. After 12 the power vent fan started being noisy, a little wd40 did the trick. Working fine since.
"We got 15 years out of our first one"
I didn't even think to look at reviews when our Bradford White water heater went, that's how satisfied we were with it. When our house was built in 2000, our HVAC contractor asked us if we wanted to upgrade our water heater and we did. The unit was a 48 gal, 65,000 BTU, natural gas water heater. The thing just never ran out of hot water. Never had anything like it in my previous homes. I noticed at about 8 years, our neighbors all started to replace their leaking water heaters. These were all builder- grade water heaters. I don't know if the model we upgraded to has a better lining or what. So, here we are at 2016 and it finally started leaking. I was able to follow the leak and I cut away the jacket in that area. The tank had a pin hole near the top. The welds were fine, the joints were all fine. I actually braze-welded the hole to get us through the next couple of days until I can find a replacement. I don't want to purchase anything under duress. I called around, and Bradford White still sells a similar model. I went out of my way to track down the same model. 15 years, all the hot water we needed, never ran cold. I'm replacing it with the RG2PV50H6N. I will do the install myself. I called Bradford White corporate and they were able to get me some local distributors. They have it for around $1,450. Plumbing places wanted $3,000 for it installed. I will install it myself. I think it's a great unit. I hope we get another 15 years out of this one.
"Overall Good Quality Bradford White Water Heater"
I have owned the Bradford White 50 gallon water heater since May of 2015. We purchased the house at this time and the water heater was already installed and working when we moved in. So far, the water heater has been maintenance free and works pretty well. In most situations and on most days, the water heater heats and holds the amount of water needed for our family of four; however, there are times when filling a large bathtub or running the shower for more than 20 minutes will cause the temperature of the available water to decrease. After 30 minutes or so of continued water usage (especially hot water), the unit is not able to provide adequate hot water and requires at least 20 minutes to reheat the water. If the price is reasonable (less than $1000 installed) I would purchase this water heater again. In most situations, I would also recommend it to friends and family (as long as they have less than 5 family members in their household).
A homeowner on doityourself.com with no hot water from his TTW was advised to contact the company because his unit should be covered by a 6-year warranty. On hvac-talk.com, a homeowner was considering replacing the blower motor on his TTW but was advised to replace the tank because the unit was over 10 years old.