How to Light a Bradford White Natural Gas Water Heater

Lisa Wampler

A Bradford White natural gas water heater does not have a conventional pilot light like most gas water heaters. Therefore, the process for turning on, or "lighting," a Bradford White natural gas water heater differs from most. The process is easier because it does not require you to apply an open flame to the natural gas pilot. Before starting your water heater, smell around the heater, close to the floor, for any natural gas leaks. If you notice any, contact your installer or the fire department and do not complete the ignition procedures. If you do not smell any gas, you are ready to turn on your water heater.

  1. Turn the thermostat down to the lowest position with the down arrow located on the right side of the display panel.

  2. Turn off the power to the water heater with the green switch located on the left side of the display panel and wait five minutes. This clears out any gas buildup inside the unit. Again, if you smell gas, contact the installer or your local fire department. If you do not smell gas, proceed.

  3. Turn on the unit via the green switch and raise the temperature of the water with the up arrow to your desired temperature.