Bradford White Defender Safety System Atmospheric Vent M-4-5036FBN Gas Water Heater Review

The Bradford White Defender Safety System High EF atmospheric vent M-4-5036FBN gas water heater is a 50-gallon model designed to use less energy while delivering very quick recovery time. This is a reasonably-priced standard water heater that will begin to lower utility bills from day one with an Energy Star-rated .80 energy factor and 43 gallon per hour recovery rate.

This model is equipped with a long list of features including maintenance-free performance, advanced microprocessor for precise temperature control and Hydrojet technology that prevents sediment build-up from reducing the longevity of the heater.

This Bradford White Defender Safety System High EF Energy Saver M-4-5036FBN gas water heater review provides you with details that allow you to evaluate this unit for yourself. Our growing list of water heater reviews can be used to compare similar models head to head as you research the right one for your needs.

Top Features of the Bradford White Defender Safety System High EF Atmospheric Vent Energy Saver M-4-5036FBN Gas Water Heater

Type: Natural gas, 40,000 Btu.

Capacity: 50 U.S. gallons. Other sizes available.

Energy Factor: .80, Energy Star rated.

Gallons Per Hour Recovery Rate at 90 Degrees F: 43

First Hour Delivery: 86 gallons – well above average.

Insulation:  2” non-CFC foam insulation jacket.

Dimensions: 59 5/8”H, 22” diameter, 151lbs.

Warranty: 6-year tank, 6-year parts warranties.

Other Features: Vitraglas enamel lining that protects against corrosion; ICON system including advanced diagnostics and temperature control; ScreenLok flame arrestor prevents ignition of flammable vapors; Sight window to check flame operation; Hydrojet performance system; Magnesium anode rod; T&P relief valve; Heat traps.

Bradford White Defender Safety System High EF Atmospheric Vent Energy Saver M-4-5036FBN Gas Water Heater Price

This model is competitively priced for .80% efficient 50-gallon water heaters.  Look for it from various retailers in this range: $570-$625.

Pros and Cons of the Bradford White Defender Safety System High EF Atmospheric Vent Energy Saver M-4-5036FBN Gas Water Heater

How does this model match up with other water heaters in its class?  This section will help you evaluate this Bradford White High EF water heater against the competition.

Pros: This is an Energy Star qualified water heater that may be eligible for utility credits where you live.  The recovery rate and first hour delivery (a full tank of hot water plus additional hot water it can make in one hour) are very good.  With the Vitraglas lining, this unit should last up to 12 years or longer. The safety features will help prevent accidental scalding as well as lower the risk of explosion. This model is one of the highest rated water heaters in consumer appliance reviews, and at this price, it is a very good value.

Cons: Some homeowners will prefer an efficient rate higher than 80%, and there are some models available.  However, they may not be cost-effective because there is a steep price hike above 80%.

Conclusion

If you want the capacity of a 50-gallon water heater that will help control gas costs, the Bradford White Defender Safety System High EF atmospheric vent M-4-5036FBN gas water heater is definitely worth considering.

One Response to “Bradford White Defender Safety System Atmospheric Vent M-4-5036FBN Gas Water Heater Review”

  1. Tom says:

    Hi, I had a Bradford White Defender 30 gallons (I believe) a year and a half ago and I love it but I kept it on the lowest setting where I want it and it would be just high warm when I use it unless I keep on using it then it would get hot (as usual)
    I never touched the settings and all of a sudden I am getting pretty hot water almost instantly but not scolding hot, just hot.
    Why is it not high warm anymore, even if I dont use it for a long time? Is this normal? Thanks

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