First Hour Rating
The First Hour Rating (FHR) in gallons, is determined by running a Department of Energy specified test with the outlet temperature of 125°F (+/- 5°F). A draw of three gallons per minute starts and then discontinues once the hot water outlet temperature drops 15°F. The water heater is then allowed to recover and the process continues repeatedly until one hour elapses. The sum of the amount of hot water drawn during the test is the First Hour Rating.
National Average Energy Costs
- $0.1200 Cost per kWh. (Electric)
- $1.0900 Cost Per Therm. (Nat. Gas)
- $2.4100 Cost Per Gal. (Propane Gas)
- Information Supplied by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute and Bradford White.
- The Uniform Energy Factor Chart is subject to change without notice in accordance with our policy of continuous improvement.
- The ratings documented on this chart are also listed at and .
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