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Hydronic heater thermostatic fan control
I picked up two new, unused hydronic heaters from a guy on Craigslist for $100 ($50 ea.)
I got a Trane and a McQuay. The McQuay was made in 2002 and I just connected it to my boiler this evening. The Trane will go in my garage sometime later.
I installed a simple thermostat in the room and connected it to the Taco controller for the zone that runs the McQuay. The McQuay is the only thing on the zone.
Most everything works as expected (thermostat calls for heat, the boiler fires if necessary, the zone valve opens and the core of the McQuay gets warm.) I expected the fan on the McQuay to respond to the temperature of the core, such that when the heater heats up, the fan comes on until the water stops running, thereby allowing the fan to cool the heater to a point at which the fan stops.
Unfortunately that's not how the fan works. The fan has a knob inside a small panel, that turns it on and adjusts the speed. it is NOT thermostat controlled at all. Currently I am leaving it on all the time, but want it to cycle with the call for heat.
I'm thinking that the Taco controller in conjunction with a little 24v relay will solve my problem.
Another option is a 24v transformer and relay, mounted inside the McQuay and a separate wire from the McQuay to the thermostat so that it can directly control the fan alongside the call for heat.
I'm also not opposed to the idea of putting a 24v transformer and relay along with a an adjustable thermal switch inside the McQuay so that the fan responds to the core heating up like I described.
Any help with how to proceed, and how to wire it up would be most appreciated.