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A. O. Smith Upgrades Voltex Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Line, Earns Industry Recognition

Water Heaters

Leading water heater manufacturer A. O. Smith is upgrading its line of Voltex® Hybrid Electric Heat Pump water heaters for use in all climates, including colder climates and adding a duct kit accessory that enables installation even in limited-space applications.

Already significantly more efficient than a standard electric water heater, A. O. Smith engineers refreshed the Voltex line to improve performance specifically for homes that routinely deal with cold weather. The manufacturer has created a …

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A. O. Smith Adds 55-Gallon Atmospheric Vent Gas Model

Water Heaters

Leading water heater manufacturer A. O. Smith has launched its newest high-capacity, residential water heater, the Promax® 55-gallon Atmospheric Vent Gas Water Heater.

The NAECA III-compliant model boasts 60,000 BTUs of power and 65-gallon per hour recovery—50 percent higher than a standard 50-gallon gas water heater. This unique combination of storage capacity and high output makes it a choice well suited for higher demand combination hot water supply and space heating applications.

It was developed …

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A. O. Smith Adds 55-Gallon Conservationist Commercial Model

Water Heaters

Leading water heater manufacturer A. O. Smith will launch its newest high-efficiency commercial water heater, the Commercial Gas Conservationist® BT-60.

An extension of the Conservationist BT line, this new 55-gallon version joins a lineup of 74-gallon and 98-gallon commercial gas models that provide reliable, efficient service for applications such as office buildings and duplex apartment homes.

“When we first introduced the iconic Conservationist line, A. O. Smith raised the bar forperformance and efficiency for affordable …

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A. O. Smith to Sponsor Service Award Scholarships

Case Studies, Partnerships

Leading water heater manufacturer A. O. Smith will partner with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation to create the Charlie Wallace Service Award Scholarship for students in plumbing and HVAC programs.

Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded in honor of Charlie Wallace, the chief operating officer of PHCC’s Quality Service Contractors enhanced service group. Wallace retired in March after serving the plumbing-heating and cooling industry for 17 years.

“Throughout the years, Charlie Wallace has …

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A. O. Smith Reveals Industry’s Most Versatile Commercial Tankless Rack System

Water Heaters

A. O. Smith, the industry leader in water heater manufacturing, is unveiling the most versatile commercial tankless rack system on the market.

The new A. O. Smith Commercial Rack System, with a wide variety of framework configurations, links as many as 20 high-efficiency, 199,000 BTU condensing tankless heaters and provides commercial contractors multiple installation options including wall-mount, free standing and back-to-back.

A single A. O. Smith Commercial Rack system can deliver up to 1,592,000 BTUs …

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A. O. Smith Introduces Common Vent Option for Industry Leading Cyclone Commercial Water Heaters

Water Heaters

Leading water heater manufacturer A. O. Smith is breaking ground in the commercial water heater marketplace with an offering that’s not a water heater.

A. O. Smith’s new Cyclone® Mxi Common Venting Kit—an industry exclusive–allows contractors to easily connect two commercial gas Cyclone Mxi water heaters with shared external venting, which reduces — by half — the number of wall penetrations needed for an installation. Kits are available for use with both PVC and Polypropylene …

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A. O. Smith Aims at Condo, Apartment Replacement Market with 48-Gallon ProMax® Lowboy

Water Heaters

Leading water heater manufacturer A. O. Smith is taking aim at the condo and apartment market with its new 48-gallon ProMax® lowboy electric water heater.

While the lowboy electric water heater is nothing new in multi-unit residential applications, the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) federal energy efficiency rules that took effect in 2015 created a problem for plumbing contractors on replacement jobs. For 50-gallon lowboy models to meet the new efficiency standards, these water …

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A. O. Smith’s Concentric Venting, Non-Condensing Models Make Tankless Water Heater Replacement a Snap

Water Heaters

Water heater manufacturer A. O. Smith (hotwater.com) is launching the Simplicity Series of concentric venting, non-condensing tankless water heaters — designed to make installations simple and flexible through a new gas convertible combustion system.

Alongside the energy-efficient technology built into every A. O. Smith tankless product, this new line will please installers and distributors alike, according to David Chisolm, vice president of marketing for A. O. Smith.

“These units were built using a concentric vent …

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A. O. Smith Sponsors First Place Winner in PHCC Apprentice Contest

Partnerships

When 20 of the nation’s top plumbing apprentices competed for the title of “The Nation’s Best” during PHCC’s annual Plumbing & HVAC Apprentice Contests, the contestants, each sponsored by an industry manufacturer, were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Leading water heater manufacturer A. O.Smith sponsored the first place winner, James Peterson, an apprentice with John J. Maurer, Inc.,of Cataumet, Mass.

“I’ve been in this industry for over 40 years and …

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A. O. Smith Xpert™ App Recommends Right Water Heater

Technology

A. O. Smith has taken its design and industry expertise and applied it to a mobile app that will revolutionize the process of selecting the right residential water heater.

Available at Hotwater.com/Xpert or on the A. O. Smith App for iOS and Android, the Xpert™Water Heater Selection Tool is designed to help contractors lead their customers through the process of choosing a water heater by asking eight easy-to-answer questions about hot water usage, available space …

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