Water Heater Age

 

Every manufacturer assigns a special serial number to each water heater that is built. The serial number can be used to determine the warranty validation and age of your water heater. Below is a list of how to decode some common manufacturerserial numbers.

Bradford White

Bradford White uses a 20-year letter designation rotation in serial numbers. Water heaters manufactured 20 years apart will have the same serial number or “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)

A=
B=
C=
D=
E=
F=
G=
H=
J=
K=
L=
M=
N=
P=
S=
T=
W=
X=
Y=
Z=

2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

A=
B=
C=
D=
E=
F=
G=
H=
J=
K=
L=
M=

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Example: Serial No.GH9560506would have been built in August 2010.
To verify if your water heater is in warranty you can call1-800-531-2111 and follow the prompts to take you to warranty.

John Wood and GSW

Bradford White uses a 20-year letter designation rotation in serial numbers. Water heaters manufactured 20 years apart will have the same serial number or “letter year” designation (i.e. A = 2004 and 1984).

See rating label serial number prefix for Warranty Code. Reduced warranty period applies to Newfoundland.

Warranty Code: P  R  S  T  U  V  W   Y
Standard Warranty Years:  3  5  6  7  8  9  10  12
Reduced Warranty Years:  3  3  3  5  5  5   5    7

1.) When looking at the serial number prior to 2004 the serial numbers were read this way.

3) Between 2004 and 2007 the format for the serial numbers were read this way.

The 6th digit of the serial number represented the place of manufacture.

3.) 2008 and Later The new format for the serial numbers was implemented. There is no longer a reduced warranty for Newfoundland.

To verify if your water heater is in warranty you can call1-888-599-2837 and follow the prompts.

Rheem and Ruud

The serial numbers on all Rheem water heater labels contain ten digits and follows the example below.

Example: Serial No. 1209D01234 would have been manufactured in December 2009.

 Serial Number

 12

 09

 D

 01234

 Description

 Month Manufactured

 Year Manufactured

 Plant Line Code

 Consecutive Serial Number

Your warranty length is based on the date of manufacture and the warranty code listed in the model number. To verify if your water heater is in warranty you can call1-800-263-8342.

Giant

To verify your Giant water heater age and warranty status, you can call your local Giant water heater dealer. Find your local deal on the manufacturer website: http://www.giantinc.com/english/sales_network.htm

AO Smith

For AO Smith water heaters, the first 2 numbers inthe serial number indicatethe year of manufacture, and the second 2 numbers indicate the month of manufacture. 
Example: Serial No. BG99-0813397-210 would have been built in year 99 (1999) inmonth 08 (August).
To verify if your water heater is under warranty you can call1-800-447-6575

General Electric

General Electric water heater serial numbers can be decoded in the same way as Rheem serial numbers. (The first 2 digits indicate month of manufacture, and the second 2 digits indicate year of manufacture.)
To verify if your water heater is under warranty you can call1-800-626-2005.

 

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