Bradford White Water Heaters
Gas (Natural) Water Heating
Defender Safety System®
Atmospheric Vent Energy Saver Models
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.
- 10 Models (29-60 gallon capacities)
- 30,000-50,000 BTU/Hr.
- FVIR Defender Safety System® (Sample model numbers include:M I 303T6FBN, M I 40T6FBN, M I 5036FBN)
- Bradford White ICON System™ Features
- Enhanced Performance
- Advanced Temperature Control System
- Intelligent Diagnostics
- Pilot On Indication
- Green LED
- Separate Immersed Thermowell
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
How the Defender Safety System® Works
During normal operation, air for combustion is drawn into the water heater through the opening in the jacket. This air travels down and around the combustion chamber and enters through holes in the very bottom of the corrosion-resistant combustion chamber. The air then travels up through the oriented flame arrestor plate louvers, where the velocity of the air is increased and its direction altered. The air then mixes in a normal manner with the supplied gas and is efficiently combusted, producing very low NOx emissions. In the case where trace amounts of flammable vapors are present in the air flowing into the combustion chamber, the burner or pilot flame harmlessly ignites the vapors. If flammable vapors are in sufficient quantity to prevent normal combustion the burner and pilot flame is shut down. Should the flammable vapors continue to the burner, the flame arrestor plate prevents the flames from traveling backwards and igniting vapors outside of the combustion chamber. The calibrated, multipurpose thermal switch recognizes this and shuts down the pilot and main burner. This switch also deactivates the burner and pilot in the unlikely event of restricted airflow caused by severe lint, dust or oil accumulation on the arrestor plate.
The heart of Bradford White’s Defender Safety System® is the flame arrestor design of the patented ScreenLok® Technology. This precisely engineered and manufactured component is made 304L alloy stainless steel and contains up to eighteen thousand, geometrically oriented louvers. These micro dimensioned louvers increase the velocity of incoming air to the system. If flammable vapors enter this uniquely designed system and are ignited, a vector effect occurs inside of the combustion chamber. The combination of high velocity air entering the chamber and the vector effect caused by combustion will prevent any flames present in the chamber from traveling backwards through the flame arrestor plate and outside of the water heater.
The Bradford White Defender Safety System® maintains outstanding efficiency, a long service life and very low NOx emissions. Best of all, it provides maintenance free operation while meeting the stringent ANSI standard for the affected gas water heaters.