50 Gallon - 36,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (LP Gas) Zoom

50 Gallon - 36,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (LP Gas)

SKU:M-4-5036FSX

Brand: Bradford White

Bradford White
Qty Price
$689.95
/ each
On Backorder Expected to Ship in 3-4 Weeks
7

Specs

Intended Household: 3-4 Person
Fuel Type: Propane
Capacity (Gallons): 50
BTU Input: 36000
1st Hour Delivery (Gallons): 89
Venting: Atmospheric
Energy Factor: 0.62
Height (Inches): 59.625
Diameter (Inches): 22"
Weight (lbs): 151 lbs
Warranty: 6-Year Limited Tank/ 6-Year Limited on Component Parts
Energy Star Rated: No
Application: Plumbing
Water Connection: 3/4"
Vent Size: 3 x 4
Recovery Efficiency: 80%

Description for Bradford White M-4-5036FSX

Bradford White's high efficiency, energy saver, atmospheric vent residential gas water heater features the Defender Safety System® and offers additional insulation and integral heat traps to reduce stand-by heat loss.

Features:

  • Bradford White ICON System - Intelligent gas control with proven millivolt powered technology and built-in piezo igniter. A standard, off the shelf thermopile converts heat energy from the pilot flame into electrical energy to operate the gas valve and microprocessor. No need for external electricity.
    • Enhanced Performance - Proprietary algorithms provide enhanced First Hour Delivery ratings and tighter temperature differentials.
    • Advanced Temperature Control System - Microprocessor constantly monitors and controls burner operation to maintain consistent and accurate water temperature levels.
    • Intelligent Diagnostics - An exclusive green LED light prompts the installer during start-up and provides ten different diagnostic codes to assist in troubleshooting.
    • Pilot On Indication - Flashing green LED provides positive indication that pilot is on.
    • Separate Immersed Thermowell - High strength advanced polymer composite thermowell provides isolation between electric temperature sensor and surrounding water. No need to drain the tank when removing gas valve.
  • Advanced ScreenLok® Technology Flame Arrestor Design - Flame arrestor is designed to prevent ignition of flammable vapor outside of the water heater.
  • Resettable Thermal Switch - Proven and reliable bimetallic switch prevents burner and pilot operation in case of ongoing flammable vapor burn inside of the combustion chamber or restricted air flow.
  • Maintenance Free - No regular cleaning of air inlet openings or flame arrestor is required under normal conditions.
  • Sight Window - Offers a view into the combustion chamber to observe the operation of the pilot and burner.
  • Factory Installed Hydrojet® Total Performance System - Cold water inlet sediment reducing device helps prevent sediment build up in tank. Increases first hour delivery of hot water while minimizing temperature build up in tank.
  • Vitraglas® Lining - Bradford White tanks are lined with a exclusively engineered enamel formula that provides superior protection from the highly corrosive effects of hot water. This formula (Vitraglas®) is fused to the steel surface by firing at a temperature of over 1600ºF.
  • 2" Non-CFC Foam Insulation - Covers the side and top, reducing the amount of heat loss. This results in less energy consumption, improved operation efficiencies and jacket rigidity.
  • Pedestal Base.
  • Water Connections -3/4" NPT factory installed true dielectric fittings.
  • Factory Installed Heat Traps.
  • Protective Magnesium Anode Rod.
  • 3x4 "Snap Lock" Draft Diverter - Allows either 3" or 4" vent connections with inputs of 40,000 BTU/Hr or less.
  • T&P Relief Valve - Included.
  • Brass Drain Valve - Tamper proof design.

Heater is a propane gas (LP) model and features a titanium stainless steel propane burner

This model is NOT Energy Star qualified

PLEASE NOTE: The product weighs 151 lbs. and may require the use of a
lift gate.
If you do require a lift gate at your delivery, you'll have the option to add this FREE of charge when you checkout.

50 Gallon - 36,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (LP Gas)

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Bradford White50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas)
 
4.8

(based on 34 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great water heater

I bought this to fill my huge new jacuzzi bathtub and it works like a charm! It took only about 1 1/2 hours to install and fit my current size venting system. The...Read complete review

I bought this to fill my huge new jacuzzi bathtub and it works like a charm! It took only about 1 1/2 hours to install and fit my current size venting system. The plumber told me the only way to fill the tub with hot water was to get a tankless system, but this is not true. And...it was about $200 cheaper than the local hardware store price for same model.

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Not made in USA

Delivered within a week. Little ding on bottom due to shipment but minor issue. Took 96 minutes to initially heat up, once the water was heated, I haven't had a problem. Very...Read complete review

Delivered within a week. Little ding on bottom due to shipment but minor issue. Took 96 minutes to initially heat up, once the water was heated, I haven't had a problem. Very competitive pricing. Haven't noticed price increase on my electric/ gas bill. Very quiet compared to my Sears Kenmore heater.

I am upset that water heater body is made in USA, but electric component is still made in China and is a Honeywell brand.

The delivery company emails tracking info and you get a phone call to confirm shipment time and date.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Product....took a long time to arr

By Russ the pilot

from San Mateo, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas):

Great heater. Water heats fast, stays hot long. The only complaint that I have is that it took 3 weeks to be delivered.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does exactly what it says on the tin

By Stevet

from CT

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas):

No complaints at all, does exactly what it says on the tin. Hardest part was disposing of the 14 year old BW which had begun to leak! Lets hope this one runs as long.... Thanks PexSupply!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bradford White is working wonderful,

By Willem the Venture Advisor

from Los Altos, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas):

Mounted together with a circulation system in copper pipes powered by the 115V Pump, w/ Timer and Aquastat by Grundfos, which provides instant hot water at each faucet in the home

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So far it's been great, I hope it lasts.

By Homeowner

from Woodbury, MN

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas):

With my old water heater the first shower of the morning was warm, the second one was hot after the heater ran... This one, even my first shower is hot, it retains much more heat then my old one. My last one was a Bradford White as well and lasted 15 years. I hope this new one lasts as long.

 
5.0

I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN

By Jon

from Woodbury MN

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas):

Great product came as advertised... install as directed did not take much time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good choice

By Dameem

from Austintown, Ohio

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas):

Great tank, totally satisfied. Hot water all the time, no lukewarm early morning showers. Last one taking one also still has hot water. Decision came down to this tank, and another brand that had digital readouts and electric anode. Was a little leery about too much new stuff. This is old technology slightly modernized. Felt more comfortable with this. Pex Supply was great. The product was delivered within days and their prices were also great!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Right on time.

By Montana Fisherman

from Missoula, MT

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 36,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (LP Gas):

I was contacted the day before the arrival time and the truck arrived when stated. The water heater was undamaged and my plumber had it working in less than 90 minutes. It replaces a 50 gal. Bradford that was 14 years old. It works like a charm and I would recommend PexSupply to anyone.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great purchase

By handy hubby

from Prior Lake, MN

Comments about 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas):

Pex Supply shipped quickly. The emails explained everything including the tracking number. The shipping company was fantastic. The box didn't even have a scratch on it. We installed the gas water heater in a couple of hours. 2 hours later my daughter took the deapest bath she has ever had. Loads of hot water. We are very happy and hot. :-)

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not made in USA

By Homeowner

from San Francisco, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas):

Delivered within a week. Little ding on bottom due to shipment but minor issue. Took 96 minutes to initially heat up, once the water was heated, I haven't had a problem. Very competitive pricing. Haven't noticed price increase on my electric/ gas bill. Very quiet compared to my Sears Kenmore heater.

I am upset that water heater body is made in USA, but electric component is still made in China and is a Honeywell brand.

The delivery company emails tracking info and you get a phone call to confirm shipment time and date.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this product again and again

By Conrad

from Woorcester, MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas):

I'm glad my research yielded the Bradford-White Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Gas Water Heater. It's an excellent product, definitely a far better gas water heater than what I had for the past 11 years. And the cost (from PexSupply.com) is a steal compared to what's available in the national hardware chain stores! I would gladly recommend this product to my friends,

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  • 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas)

    Q:

    do you have instructions for installation and does it come with a stand?
    Asked on 3/28/2014 by none from los ángeles, ca

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Instructions? Pretty straight forward...but there are instructions and no there is no stand. You should have a stand from your other water heater still if needed. Some inside home installation on require a water tray with a drain.
      Sent from my Windows Phone 8

      Answered on 3/28/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Does not come with any type of stand. Does come with complete installation instructions.

      Answered on 3/28/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Mine was installed professionally. Contact Bradford-White; they may have downloadable instructions. No, it does not come with a stand and none is needed.

      Answered on 3/28/2014 by Anonymous
  • 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas)

    Q:

    I am replacing a water heater: GE 50 gal BTUH 36,000 Smartwater GG50T06AVG00 Model (came with the house), 4 yrs. old and leaking etc. I want to buy this M-4-5036FBN water heater. 1.) Will the things I need to connect be in the same position, or will I need to buy extra parts like pipes and whatever because there will be big differences. 2.) I was told that I also need to buy an expansion tank. What size expansion tank would go with this water heater? which models or model should I consider. I ask because there are so many, and I don't have any idea which would be good or not or what the criteria is for those. I will get a plumber to install. I know you are wondering why not ask the plumber right? I need to know so that I don't end up buying things unnecessary. Some persons do that to senior citizens. So I think this is a good replacement hopefully. Thank you very much for your time. Have a great day.
    Asked on 2/9/2014 by Grandma D from Shaker Heights, OH

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don't have an expansion tank. Weather you'll need one or not depends on your installation. I've been quite satisfied with this heater. Check out waterheaterrescue.com. Join the blog; that's where I learned everything I know about water heaters.

      Answered on 2/9/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Check height of your existing water heater and compare to the height of the water heater you are purchasing. If they are the same or within an inch or so either way, all the existing connections should be able to be reused. You should not have to buy anything else to do the install.

      Answered on 2/9/2014 by Anonymous
  • 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas)

    Q:

    Does it have a magnesium anode and is it easy to replace if need be?

    Also, someone told me the insulation rating should be at R-16 or better. What is this one?
    Asked on 1/29/2014 by none

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes it does have a Mg. anode. I suspect it is not easily replaced, nor are any of these WH anodes. This model does indeed have R 16.

      Answered on 1/30/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes it has a magnesium anode. It is not hard to change. I replaced mine with an aluminum anode (I think it was aluminum) because I have hard water and the magnesium anode caused the water to smell eggy. I don't know about the insulation but I am very happy with this water heater. Good luck.
      Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S™ III, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

      Answered on 1/30/2014 by Anonymous
  • 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas)

    Q:

    can you use a drain pan with this model
    Asked on 10/25/2013 by Jim from Livermore, ca

    5 answers

    • A:

      YES - AND YOU ABSOLUTELY SHOULD. If you ever develop a leak at the base, or in some cases higher, the pan will catch it and drain it out of the house provided you have the PVC line fitted for this. I had one that blew with no pan and it caused a little over $3k damage in flooring, sheet rock, moulding. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

      Answered on 3/18/2014 by trt from dallas, texas
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It has no specifc features for adding a drain pan, but you can always buy a drain pan with a larger diameter than this water heater and sit the heater on top of it.

      Answered on 10/27/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, you can use a drain pan.

      Answered on 10/26/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes you can use a drain pan with this model.

      Answered on 10/26/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Most definitely, I did. Don't believe it will ever be needed though. This is the first one I have put in in 40 plus years and never had to look at or touch it since.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 10/26/2013 by Anonymous
  • 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas)

    Q:

    What is the estimated Annual Cost of operation?
    Asked on 1/23/2013 by Anonymous

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The Energy Guide estimates the cost of annual use to be $290 annual. I
      believe that it is worth mentioning that the unit is designed for a
      household of 4. I have a house hold of 2 in which case the use of hot water
      is substantially less. In addition, using a thermal jack on your water
      heater will help it to maintain its internal temperature....saving you
      money!

      Answered on 9/30/2013 by SirKnowAlot from Washington
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Outstanding Water heater. Would definitely recommend.

      Answered on 1/23/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Well that depends of how much water you use and how many people in your family.
      Our gas bill has dropped by more than half since we installed this heater. There are
      two of us in the family. I researched extensively before I purchase this hot water heater
      and feel it was an excellent choice.

      Answered on 1/23/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The published annual operating cost is $292/yr. I noticed a sight difference when I replaced my old unit with this one. Actual cost will depend on your household's use and the price of gas in your locality. Gas has been dropping in price recently.

      Answered on 1/24/2013 by Anonymous
  • 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas)

    Q:

    What is the size of the gas connection for the M-4-5036FBN and what size pan would I need for this unit?
    Asked on 10/24/2012 by Patty Mayonaisse

    2 answers

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      The M45036FBN has a ¾ inch connection for gas supply. The drain pan must have a
      minimum length and width of at least 4 in. (10.2 cm) greater than the diameter
      of the water heater and must not restrict proper combustion air flow to the
      water heater.

      Answered on 10/24/2012 by PexSupply Staff from NY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The size of natural gas connection is all standard. The flexible gas line
      for the connection is available at most hardware stores like Home Depot.
      You do not need a pan for the heater under current codes. See attached
      installation manual.

      Answered on 10/24/2012 by Anonymous
  • 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas)

    Q:

    Can / should you use an insulation blanket on the exterior of this water heater?
    Asked on 9/10/2012 by WDS

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      For additional energy savings a blanket can be used.  Simply avoid covering up the access point.

      Answered on 9/11/2012 by Anonymous
    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      It is not recommended by the manufacturer. See the link below for more information.

      http://www.bradfordwhite.com/insulation.asp

      Answered on 9/11/2012 by PexSupply Staff from NY
  • 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas)

    Q:

    Does this water heater have connections for space heating?
    Asked on 7/24/2012 by Kevin from Alburtis, PA

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      no
      Sudhir

      Answered on 7/24/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      UNFORTUNATELY, IT DOESN'T. JUST IN AND OUT FOR YOUR DOMESTIC HOT WATER,
      WHICH WORKS VERY WELL.

      Answered on 7/24/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Kevin,
      In a word, no. This is a very conventional water heater. I've had one for over a year. Works great, no problems. Drained in June very little sediment. I think anode replacement in this unit will be difficult but I don't have to face that for a few years yet.

      Answered on 7/24/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      There is only one water circuit with this unit. There are not separate connections reserved for heating. There is only the one input and output on the top of the unit.

      Answered on 7/24/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      i don't know what kevin means by space heating. it has the two standard connections on top. cold in and hot out.

      Answered on 7/24/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No, just the standard cold water in and hot water out.

      Answered on 7/24/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Kevin,
      No, it's simply a water heater. An excellent water heater, but just a
      water heater.
      Peter

      Answered on 7/24/2012 by Anonymous
  • 50 Gallon - 36,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (LP Gas)

    Q:

    Where is this unit manufactured?
    Asked on 4/24/2012 by Deana from Leona Valley, CA

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      This unit is manufactured at Bradford White's factory in Michigan.

      Answered on 4/24/2012 by PexSupply Staff from NY
  • 50 Gallon - 40,000 BTU Defender Safety System High Efficiency Residential Water Heater (Nat Gas)

    Q:

    What benefit is a 50 gal tank at 50,000BTU over a 50 gal tank at 40,000BTU? (natural gas). Is there a substantial difference in operating costs?
    Asked on 2/8/2012 by Anonymous from Minnesota

    2 answers

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      The 50,000 BTU model would provide more hot water, but would also consume more fuel. We are not sure about the precise difference in operating costs, however.

      Answered on 2/9/2012 by PexSupply Staff from NY
    • A:

      The BTU rating refers to how much heat energy the water heater uses, so a 50,000 BTU unit can heat 50 gallons of water faster than a 40,000 BTU unit. To figure out if this would make sense in your situation, you have to decide if you want better performance or more energy savings. If you currently have a 50-gallon water heater and you're having problems not getting hot water, or the hot water runs out too quickly, you may want the higher BTU rating. However, a 40,000 BTU unit will be cheaper to operate since it uses less natural gas to heat the water. I don't know what the actual difference in cost would be, but since most water heaters last at least 7-10 years, even small differences in cost will add up over time to be quite significant. Look at the energy cost sticker on both units and that should give you a rough idea.

      Answered on 5/3/2012 by ChemSteve from Washington, IL
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