Bradford White
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
15.8 Years out of 78 Checkins.
REVIEWS
4 Stars out of 5 Stars based on 29 customer reivews.
REPAIR
0 Average age on 0 repairs.
REASON FOR REPLACEMENT
  • 65 LEAK
  • 9 PRETENTATIVE MAINTENANCE
  • 3 GAS VALVE / PILOT
  • 1 Honeywell Gas Control valve failure
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
8 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
Honeywell Gas Control valve failure

New Bradford White with standard White Rogers control valve.
By The Book Plumbing
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
23 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

The new setup consist of only a single high recovery water heater. Going from 2 down to 1 tank can save over $5,000 over the lifespan of the water heater.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
22 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Everything including the venting was replaced. The vent was upsized from 3" to 4", the vent material was originally 30ga metal and was replaced with 26ga metal. A rise off the top of the tank before the first vent elbow was also added. The entire water heater, gas line, and water lines were moved back about 18" to reduce the horizontal vent span. Moving the tank also made more space in the mechanical room. A thermal expansion tank was installed and set to 73 psi. The expansion tank was strapped to the wall. A new PRV was also installed in the entire house. I'll go ahead and say it, this is a rockstar installation by KC Water Heaters.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
15 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Apples for apples on what they had before.
Liberty Oak Plumbing
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
25 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

A new 4" vent with 26 gauge metal was installed. Thermal expansion tank and new shutoff valve. PRV also replaced along with new hosebibb and vacuum breaker.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
21 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Richmond 40 Gal Power Vent
Gronendyke Plumbing
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
17 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

The new water heater was installed along with a new vent connector for the entire setup. The horizontal span on the 4" was reduced by moving the wye closer to the tank.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
21 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

The new water heater was moved closer to the flue to reduce the horizontal span. A new PRV and Thermal Expansion tank was also added.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
19 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New 50 gallon Bradford White installed along with new 4" vent with a rise off the tank before the first elbow. Gas line hard piped.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
21 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

A PRV had been replaced a few years back. The venting was replaced and a 4" wye and vent was installed.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
21 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

A new PRV was installed along with thermal expansion tank. The venting was replaced with 4" and the slope was corrected. The backdrafting issue was a makeup air issue and was resolved during the install.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
18 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New Bradford White high recovery model installed. PRV was also installed and expansion tank was set to match water pressure.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
21 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
22 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New Bradford White installed along with thermal expansion tank. New Pressure Reducing Valve also installed.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
24 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
18 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Thermal expansion tank installed along with new PRV and AO Smith 50 gallon hot water heater.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
18 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

A new PRV was installed along with an AO Smith GCR 50 gallon water heater. The main shutoff was also bad and would not allow the water to shut off all the way or for full water volume into the house. A new gas and water shutoff was installed along with a thermal expansion tank. The flue was also redone to allow for more rise off the top of the water heater.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
12 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New AO Smith installed. Opening in chimney was capped off. Most difficult part about this install was getting the tanks down the small stairway in this older home.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
20 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

The PRV was removed and the new water heater was installed without a thermal expansion tank.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
13 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

The PRV was replaced as well as the thermal expansion tank. The PRV was also moved up above the spigot to allow the ability to monitor the incoming water pressure. New shutoff installed for water heater and humidifier.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
13 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
PRETENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

Flue was redone to increase the ability to draw. The PRV was also replaced and the humidifier valve was replaced with a compression stop.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
10 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New AO Smith installed in place of the two tanks. The PRV was also bad and was replaced during the water heater install. There was also a thermal expansion tank installed.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
24 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

AO Smith water heater installed along with thermal expansion tank and new PRV. The line for the humidifier was also replaced with a full brass body compression valve which was also lead free. The water pressure was set to 75 psi and the expansion tank was also set to 75 psi.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
11 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

A new PRV was installed to lower the water pressure to 75 psi, thus creating a closed system. A thermal expansion tank was installed on the new water heater. The main shutoff was also replaced as the old valve did not completely shutoff the water.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
11 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New AO Smith water heater installed. Flue was redone to improve drafting. Homeowner was also advised to contact water company to request for the check valve to be removed from the water heater.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
23 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New AO Smith electric water heater installed. PRV was more than 20 years old as well and no longer necessary with water pressure below 80.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
19 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New Bradford White 40 gallon electric water heater installed and PRV replaced.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
10 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

AO Smith GCR50400 installed in place of the Bradford White.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Rating
Age
15 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New water heater installed and new copper added to clean things up. Also rerouted the flue to keep away from the PVC vented furnace.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
13 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Old flue, gas line, and water lines capped off and went back to a more practical single tank. Water pressure was about 70 psi and on an open system. Hopefully the new tank lasts 15-20 years.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
19 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

The PRV was installed above the spigot which allowed the water pressure to be checked before the PRV. The pressure was only 80 psi. Faced with the decision to either replace or remove the PRV, they decided to remove it. This made the house an open system and a thermal expansion tank was not needed.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
14 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

A new AO Smith was installed. The copper gas line was replaced with iron pipe. A thermal expansion tank and PRV is needed when the pressure is this high.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
8 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

AO Smith GCR model replaced the Bradford White and a thermal expansion tank was installed. Also installed new water shutoff valve. Pressure Reducing Valve was easily accessible so that was replaced also.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
14 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New AO Smith GCG 50 401 propane water heater installed. There were two major things we found on this job. The first was a gas leak on the line to the furnace. This was caught and repaired. The second issue was a loose flue pipe which could cause carbon monoxide to dump into the house.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
9 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

AO Smith hot water heater installed on open system and new shutoff valves put in.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
25 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

The new AO Smith was installed and the recirculating line was hooked back up.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
17 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New AO Smith installed and a 4 gallon Amtrol expansion tank added in this Leawood home.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
23 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
PRETENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

We discussed the needs with the client and decided that they would be better off with only one 50 gallon tank opposed to two separate tanks. Upon installing the new water heater we found a baseball size hole in the backside of the flue that was not visible unless the flue was taken apart. These water heaters were almost certainly dumping Carbon Monoxide inside of this families home. We replaced the entire section of flue and installed a PRV.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
8 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

A thermal expansion tank was installed along with the GCR 50 400 from AO Smith.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
16 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
GAS VALVE / PILOT

A new Bradford White was installed along with a new main shutoff valve that was located behind the existing water heater.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
17 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New AO Smith GCR higher efficiency and heavier tank installed in place of a 17 year old Bradford White tank. The saddle valve for the humidifier was also removed and replaced with a full port angle stop.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
16 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New AO Smith installed in place of Bradford White hot water heater.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
11 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New PRV installed along with thermal expansion tank. AO Smith GCR 50 400 is a more efficient, heavy duty water heater.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
14 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
PRETENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

Thermal expansion tank installed along with new main water shutoff valve.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
16 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
GAS VALVE / PILOT

The new AO Smith was turned to face the front of the room when you walked in and the flue was increased to a 4" diameter. This tank was leveled and caulked to the floor.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
20 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New water heater installed in the garage made for a quick replacement. Anytime you can back right up to the water heater being replaced and don't have steps it makes for an easy install.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
15 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
PRETENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

New Hybrid Electric water heater from AO Smith is over $350 per year lower in operational cost when compared to a standard electric water heater.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
19 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New AO Smith installed and new PRV installed in home.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
16 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
PRETENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

New Craftmaster water heater installed and was provided by homeowner. This water heater has an air induced fan to increase efficiency. A thermal expansion tank was installed to help increase the life of the new tank.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
20 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
PRETENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

New AO Smith ENT 50 100 electric water heater puts out 71 gallons of hot water for the first hour. New shutoff valve was also installed.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
11 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New AO Smith water heater installed along with thermal expansion tank and new PRV.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
12 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
17 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Barely enough room to install a thermal expansion tank behind the full port ball valve. You should always replace old valves with brass free fittings.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
12 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New water heater was installed and the water lines were hard piped with 3/4\" copper. A new full port ball valve was installed and the gas line was hard piped. The valve for the humidifier was also replaced.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
17 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New AO Smith was installed, plumber forgot to take photo of the new installation.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
10 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
GAS VALVE / PILOT

AO Smith hot water heater was installed along with Amtrol thermal expansion tank. This house was piped in CPVC which is always a unique challenge when connecting to.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
18 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
PRETENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

Install new AO Smith water heater and replace two saddle valves.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
10 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install new AO Smith water heater and thermal expansion tank as required by code.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
10 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install short 40 gallon water heater to prevent carbon monoxide.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
9 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

A thermal expansion tank was installed with the new AO Smith GCR 50 400 hot water heater. The saddle valve was replaced with an angle stop and moved to the cold side. Most humidifiers should be feed from the cold side instead of the hot.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
11 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install new AO Smith 50 gallon hot water heater and install a thermal expansion tank to help regulate high water pressure. The relief valve of the old water heater had leaked due to thermal expansion.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
9 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install new AO Smith and an Amtrol thermal expansion tank.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
12 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install new AO water heaters and large thermal expansion tank.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
27 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install new AO Smith water heater and thermal expansion tank.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
12 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install new AO Smith water heater.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
12 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install AO Smith and hard pipe gas line as well as add a thermal expansion tank.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
19 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

AO Smith GCG50400 installed.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
12 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install new AO Smith water heater and new pressure reducing valve.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
14 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install new AO Smith 50 gallon water heater and thermal expansion tank with isolation valve. The humidifier shutoff was also replaced.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
15 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install new AO Smith GCR 40 400 water heater. House did not have PRV and was on an open system.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
15 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
PRETENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

Install new State 50 gallon gas water heater.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
15 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install two AO Smith water heaters along with a 4 gallon Amtrol thermal expansion tank.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
13 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install new State and replace a saddle valve with a quarter turn ball valve.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
6 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install new GCR 40 400 AO Smith hot water heater along with a bonding clamp to reduce the negative impact that a water softener will have when paired with copper supply lines.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
19 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Install new 50 gallon AO Smith and lead free Nibco ball valve.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
11 Years
Open/Closed Loop
CLOSED LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

New AO Smith installed. A thermal expansion test showed that the water pressure rose to 97 psi when the tank was increasing in temperature and then seemed to level off at that point. A thermal expansion was not installed as it\'s not required in Shawnee and the maintenance was not wanted.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
16 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
LEAK

Installed a new GCG 50 400 AO Smith 50 gallon water heater. Replaced the saddle valve with a 1/4\" ball valve. The flue was adjusted to increase the slope of the water heater.
KC Water Heaters
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BRADFORD WHITE
Model
Rating
Age
20 Years
Open/Closed Loop
OPEN LOOP
Reason for Replacement
PRETENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

New shutoff valves and ice maker stops installed.
KC Water Heaters
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