"How Old is my Water Heater?"

The water heater's model and serial numbers (A) are located on the Rating Plate (B). The Rating Plate is an adhesive sticker located in the top center of the warning labels as shown here.

The model and serial numbers are listed here directly beneath the Bradford White manufacturing facility address (C).

Determine the Age of Your Water Heater

The chart below is intended to assist you in identifying the year and month in which your water heater was manufactured.

Example:

In Serial No: BH6511396 --> B=2005 & H=August

Bradford White uses a 20-year letter designation rotation in serial numbers. Therefore, please be aware that water heaters manufactured 20 years apart will have the same serial number “letter year” designation.

(i.e. A = 2004 and 1984).

Year of Manufacture (1st Letter of Serial Number) Month of Manufacture (2nd Letter of Serial Number)
P=2017 A=January
N=2016 B=February
M=2015 C=March
L=2014 D=April
K=2013 E=May
J=2012 F=June
H=2011 G=July
G=2010 H=August
F=2009 J=September
E=2008 K=October
D=2007 L=November
C=2006 M=December
B=2005  
A=2004  
Z=2003  
Y=2002  
X=2001  
W=2000  
T=1999  
S=1998  
P=1997  
N=1996  
M=1995