Bradford White serial number Mystery

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. New Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
    The tank model is MINS30T6LX13.
    The serial number is BD6142865.

    Is this thing a 1985 or a 2005?
    It is a 30 gallon, "tall" propane with a side feed cold inlet and a top exit for the hot.

    It was in my boyfriend's mobile home when he bought it, but we took it out and replaced it with an electric hot water tank. We think that the propane water heater was leaking raw propane at the control valve.

    The mobile was a 1987 year model, but it was placed on its own land plot in the early 2000's. The mobile was vacant for 3 years before he bought it in 2010.

    Could a 1985 hot water tank last 25 years, considering it may have had at least 5 years of drained non-use?

    Damm that company for not just being normal and stamping a normal month/date manufacture number.
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Depending on the luck of the draw, a tank can last that long. It depends on both the water quality, use, and luck.

    Few of them stamp an easily readable date. Have you tried their website to decode the date?
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  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego
    As you already know, a first letter B means 1985 OR 2005. Here is the dope from BW warranty query:
    [TABLE="width: 100%"]


    [TH="class: serialHeader"]Serial Number[/TH]

    [TH="class: serialHeader"]Message *[/TH]


    [TD="class: Text"]BD6142865[/TD]

    [TD="class: Text"]Model: MIMS30T6LX13
    Type: RES GAS
    Manufactured: Apr 26,
    Warranty Length: Tank 6 years-Parts 6 years
    Warranty expired: Jul 31, 2011
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    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012
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