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New lochivar noble combi setup

plumbbobplumbbob Posts: 12Member
Just want to get some feed back on install

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  • plumbbobplumbbob Posts: 12Member
    Looking for some feed back
  • kcoppkcopp Posts: 3,324Member
    Looks neat and clean. Only thing I would say is that a less than desirable place to discharge of the condensate...just about the middle of the floor.
  • gennadygennady Posts: 726Member

    Gennady Tsakh



    Absolute Mechanical Co. Inc.

    www.AbsoluteMechanicalCoInc.com
  • DZoroDZoro Posts: 725Member
    Very nice!
    What size is that one?
    What max water temp are you designed for?
    Is the steel gas pipe going into the concrete?
    Are you using a well for the boiler supply sensor?
    D
  • hot_rodhot_rod Posts: 11,157Member
    Is the Taco box a LWC? If so, it seems low in the piping. Maybe more support for the exp tank? Good to see back flow vent port piped down. Nice copper work.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    The magic is in hydronics, and hydronics is in me
  • DZoroDZoro Posts: 725Member
    BTW , Very nice soldering!
  • Tom_133Tom_133 Posts: 595Member
    I see the same thing the others pointed out, but REALLY service friendly and CLEAN.

    Well done!

    I remember the first time someone pointed out to me the low water had to be at the least above the HX, it cost me some dough to repair. Is there a port on top of the boiler to put it?
    Tom
    Montpelier Vt
  • plumbbobplumbbob Posts: 12Member
    Boiler is piped in attic so all feeds coming from below taco is l. W. C. Now realize it should be higher tech support say P. V. C. Is fine for this install ( I called to make sure) unit is heating a warehouse and for the condensate that's the only discharge and system sensor wasn't strapped on yet thanks for the critique!
  • gennadygennady Posts: 726Member
    PVC venting is strange issue. While boiler manufacturers ok it, pvc pipe manufacturers do not ok it. Liability is yours. This is a good reading:

    801.20 Plastic Vent Joints. Plastic pipe and fittings used to vent appliances shall be installed in accordance with the appliance manufacturer’s installation instructions.

    Section 802 Vents

    802.1 General. All vent systems shall be listed and labeled.

    There is no listing for PVC piping for flue gas venting applications.

    The 2009 IMC also has the following language:

    Section 304 Installation

    304.2 Conflicts. Where conflicts between this code and the conditions of listing or the manufacturer’s installation instructions occur, the provisions of this code shall apply.
    Gennady Tsakh



    Absolute Mechanical Co. Inc.

    www.AbsoluteMechanicalCoInc.com
  • Steve MinnichSteve Minnich Posts: 2,250Member
    @gennady Could you clarify your comment on the "no valve between the LWCO and the boiler"? I don't see how an isolation valve in any piping has to do with safety and a probe type LWCO. If a valve is closed on these boilers or any like them, they are going to shut down via 3 or 4 different temperature safeties.
    Steve Minnich
    "The wages of carelessness is failure."
  • gennadygennady Posts: 726Member
    edited January 8
    Low water cut off is there to protect boiler. If there is a valve on line between lwco and boiler, this valve can be closed and lwco will not see low water conditions at the boiler, and will not be able to shut boiler down. Valve defeats the purpose of lwco.
    Gennady Tsakh



    Absolute Mechanical Co. Inc.

    www.AbsoluteMechanicalCoInc.com
  • AMG63AMG63 Posts: 9Member
    @Gennady
    What do you mean by why zone valves?
    Aren't zone valves a pretty efficient way of running one of these systems? 24v vs 110v for zone pumps??

  • gennadygennady Posts: 726Member
    edited January 8
    In my opinion there few issues with using zone valves with high efficiency boilers.
    1. Boiler usually sized for design conditions, that’s full load at pretty low outdoor temperatures. At normal outdoor temperatures boiler works at 30-50% of the load, if zone valves are used and there is no call for heat for all of them, except one or 2, it makes load even smaller and boiler works below minimum allowable load, starts short cycling. We all know shortcycling is not good for boiler.
    2. Boiler working on outdoor reset has low outlet water temperature. If zone was off and area is cold, it will take hours before space will get heated to set point temperature.
    There other things, like pumping issues,but let’s stop at these 2
    Gennady Tsakh



    Absolute Mechanical Co. Inc.

    www.AbsoluteMechanicalCoInc.com
  • plumbbobplumbbob Posts: 12Member
    for the record there's no valve before lwc also there's a split ring hanger supporting the expansion tank,hard to see in photo but my next install ill add lwc on top off boiler where relief valve is and drop relief valve down onto header
  • edited January 9
    Very, very nice! I like your service valves on each component.

    I like to pipe a bypass around the PRV for fast filling and purging.
    Often wrong, never in doubt.
  • GordyGordy Posts: 9,251Member
    Excellent job, and nice soldering always looks professional.

    I see the pipe hanger supporting the x tank off the pipe behind which is well supported.

    The LWCO technically should be at the high point. However with that boiler it’s a pretty redundant component like @Steve Minnich points out. Low pressure, high limit ect. On these mod/ con, and combis. They have their place on ci boilers with less lockout features. Codes still require them in some jurisdictions.

    As far as zoning. So long as the smallest zone is more load than the lowest modulation output it’s not a huge issue. Maybe on milder days in shoulder seasons.

    PVC. There is plenty of discussion here on that. Let’s not open that one again......
  • gennadygennady Posts: 726Member
    edited January 9
    I’m not trying to trash you work. You asked for critique. Critique is good, it is a way to improvement.

    Here is my opinion.

    Expansion tank filled with water is heavy, it must be supported and not present load for connecting piping. Meaning, if you cut connecting pipe, tank will not fall on the floor. Just my opinion.
    Something like that.

    Gennady Tsakh



    Absolute Mechanical Co. Inc.

    www.AbsoluteMechanicalCoInc.com
  • gennadygennady Posts: 726Member
    edited January 9
    Zoning. In NYC design conditions 11F (lately listed as 15F but I still use 11) When I do heat loss I also check 50F load. So, at 50F load is most of the times about 30% of design condition load. Turndown ratio for most of the boilers today is 5 -5.5. Then minimum stable load is 18-20%. If you have 2 equal zones, how you suppose to be above threshold with only 1zone working? If zones are not equal, it is even worse. What about 3 or more zones? What about zone after it been off for a while and need pick up with low water temperature?

    PVC piping is a real health issue and codes specifically put pvc in no no area. PVC is not labeled and not listed for venting with listing agencies. That puts end to their use.

    Just my opinion.
    Gennady Tsakh



    Absolute Mechanical Co. Inc.

    www.AbsoluteMechanicalCoInc.com
  • GordyGordy Posts: 9,251Member
    The uni strut tank brackets are always better.

    As far as zoning. There are plenty of 10:1 tdr boilers out now. Buys you a little wiggle room. I'm not a zoning fan either, but people like to micro manage their environment. If that's what they want then there is the buffering tactic to help manage cycling also. Lowest modulation you can go at the 10:1 low end is about 8k.

    Maybe someday there will be micro boilers that get real low, and you get as many as you need to stage to meet the top load.

    Or we get into a higher tdr 15:1.
  • Adolfo2Adolfo2 Posts: 30Member
    Is that a drain/flush valve mounted to the Y strainer under the LWCO?
    That just allows you to drain the system at that point... you still need to disassemble the filter in order to clean it?
  • gennadygennady Posts: 726Member
    edited January 9
    @Gordy Here comes fundamental issue. Are we "yes" people to client, or we tell client "this is how it will be"? Are we just doing job, even if we know it is wrong, because client wants it to be done certain way? At the end who is responsible for comfort and effective system operation? Half of our work comes after yes-man jobs is done.


    Buffer tanks with high efficiency boilers are nonsense in my opinion. With buffer tank no need to spend all money on high efficiency boiler.
    Gennady Tsakh



    Absolute Mechanical Co. Inc.

    www.AbsoluteMechanicalCoInc.com
  • Steve MinnichSteve Minnich Posts: 2,250Member
    @grennady - Could you explain why the use of buffer tanks with mod cons is nonsense? I think it’s the exact opposite of nonsense.
    Steve Minnich
    "The wages of carelessness is failure."
  • gennadygennady Posts: 726Member
    edited January 9
    @SteveMinnich. In my opinion modulating boilers are matching firing rate to the actual load. Buffer tank serves as a buffer ( hahaha) between load and boiler in order to remove direct link between boiler and load. Installation of buffer tank defeats purpose of modulation.

    Just my opinion.
    Gennady Tsakh



    Absolute Mechanical Co. Inc.

    www.AbsoluteMechanicalCoInc.com
  • Steve MinnichSteve Minnich Posts: 2,250Member
    edited January 9
    I’ll agree that it’s an additional expense but also a necessity. People want zones and usually many more than makes sense. If they’re insistent upon that, then I would be insistent on the buffer tank. Or a mod con that has mass.
    Steve Minnich
    "The wages of carelessness is failure."
  • GordyGordy Posts: 9,251Member
    As far as zoning the client should be informed of the penalties zoning can have, and if they still want it so be it. We live in an era people are infatuated with control.
  • hot_rodhot_rod Posts: 11,157Member
    I feel it is the designer or contractors job to make a system work properly. Our industry has sold hydronics as infinitely zoneable for ultimate comfort. We have the technology to make any system workable, even micro zoned installations.

    Present the options and $$ to your customers.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    The magic is in hydronics, and hydronics is in me
  • GordyGordy Posts: 9,251Member
    I understand what @gennady is saying. Why add more bells, and whistles aka buffering etc. at a higher cost to the owner. If the owner wants zoning then it is up to the designer, and installer to come up with a working efficient system for that I agree.

    I’m not a big fan of zoning. Adds cost, and I’m a one temp kinda person all around the house. Some people are not I get that.

    Here is what happens all to often. Owner wants zoning. Installer A gives the premium system with an efficiency work around to the best the system can be. Explains to the owner all about the efficiency hits he’s trying to eliminate. With deer in head lights by owner.
    Installer B says you don’t need all that, and still gives zoning. The installer B gives what the owner wants at a considerably lower price than installer A. Owner is happy. Cheaper price, and zoning. Who gets the job?
  • Steve MinnichSteve Minnich Posts: 2,250Member
    I was usually more than willing to walk away from those who couldn't see the value in doing things the right way.

    Low water content mod cons with microzoning and no buffer tank is not the right way.
    Steve Minnich
    "The wages of carelessness is failure."
  • GordyGordy Posts: 9,251Member
    edited January 9
    I know, but you understand where I’m going with this. B gets the job, and the owner eventually ends up here, and hydronics gets a bad rap...........I know the owner got what they paid for.
  • Steve MinnichSteve Minnich Posts: 2,250Member
    I understand. It’s a frustrating, never-ending process.
    Steve Minnich
    "The wages of carelessness is failure."
  • plumbbobplumbbob Posts: 12Member
    gennady said:

    I’m not trying to trash you work. You asked for critique. Critique is good, it is a way to improvement.

    Here is my opinion.

    Expansion tank filled with water is heavy, it must be supported and not present load for connecting piping. Meaning, if you cut connecting pipe, tank will not fall on the floor. Just my opinion.
    Something like that.

    thanks gennedy i could have supported tank much better also i added valves and drains for isolation if i had to clean out system
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