Comin’ in hot: A. O. Smith Polaris® delivers high efficiency, hot water for homes


Polaris Water HeaterAshland City, Tenn. – A. O. Smith, a leading water heater manufacturer, will tap deeper into the high-demand residential hot water and domestic heating marketplace with the introduction of the Polaris® High Efficiency condensing gas water heater. The Polaris, which operates at a cost-saving thermal efficiency of up to 96 percent, easily installs and pairs with recirculating systems or domestic space heating systems. 

Available in 34- and 50-gallon models, Polaris achieves energy efficiency through an enhanced ultra-low NOx modulating gas burner that ensures operation at lower input rates and maintains years of reliability with a durable tank and heat exchanger built of corrosion-resistant stainless steel. 

“For smaller homes, the Polaris is powerful enough to provide both dependable hot water and space heat with a radiant system at the same time,” said David Chisolm, vice president of marketing for A. O. Smith. “Residential contractors whose customers are looking for cost-saving options and top performance will find the Polaris a great solution for a family’s hot water needs.” 

Compatible with both natural gas and propane, the Polaris features a power direct vent design that fits with PVC, CPVC or Polypropylene (solid core only) through a sidewall or roof. The Polaris can also be paired with an optional concentric vent kit. Additionally, two front-access panels give contractors simple access to all serviceable components. 

Polaris electronic controls give homeowners precise temperature control and advanced water heater diagnostics through a large, easy-to-use touchscreen display. Engineers perfected a homeowner-friendly “whisper quiet operation” utilizing an ultra-quiet blower and burner that minimizes ambient noise in the home. 

The Polaris also comes with a 10-year limited tank warranty. 

For more information about the Polaris High Efficiency condensing gas water heater and A. O. Smith’s comprehensive selection of hot water solutions, visit