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zone valve versus flo check valve...

Jim_95Jim_95 Member Posts: 11
Is it possiple not to get enough BTU's through a zone valve due to rduced port zize?

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  • ronyDronyD Member Posts: 9
    zone valve versus flo check valve...

    Which option is best for a Gas boiler, 3 zone installation with domestic hot water heater.
    1. zone valve per circulator with taco 4-zone with priority controller.
    2. one circulator, zone valves for each zone with taco 4-zone with priority controller.
    3. flow check valve per circulator (can use taco's circulator with IFC option?).

    Option 3 Eliminates need for zone valves and zone valve controller. How do you setup DHW priority without a controller?
  • Ron SchroederRon Schroeder Member Posts: 998
    ronyd

    I would use the Taco ZVC403 and wire it as in page 31 http://www.taco-hvac.com/uploads/FileLibrary/100-9.0.pdf

    You want the DHW tank on its own circulator and the Taco control realy makes wiring and trouble shooting the zone valves a snap.
  • carol_3carol_3 Member Posts: 397


    I vote for option 2.
  • ronyDronyD Member Posts: 9


    Carol,

    why option 2? Is it wise to have a single point of failure? I was thinking if a circulator or valve fails, still have heat from other zones.

    your thoughts are appreciated...
  • Ron SchroederRon Schroeder Member Posts: 998
    ronyd

    with zone valves if the circ fails no heat at all. but if a zone valve fails it can be manually opened and closed for heat to that zone, if a circ zone fails no heat to that zone at all. Just depends on preferance although power consumption is less with zone valves.
  • ronyDronyD Member Posts: 9


    my other thought was, if I have shutoffs on each side of the circulators, I can service the zone myself. Just go to the local HomeDepot, get a taco circulator off the shelf, and replace it. I'm afraid with one circulator, I'm down until I can get a plumber and/or plumbing supply to purchase. Double Home depot carries large circulators.

    But point being, as long as I can open the zone valve manually, I got temporary heat.

    My question still is, a circulator for each zone valve or one circulator serving all zone valves?
  • Ron SchroederRon Schroeder Member Posts: 998
    ronyd

    either one circ with zone valves or a circ with checks for each. Also I would check into Grundfos usp 15-58 3 speed circs as you are going to dealing with multiple head losses and this will better cover all your bases.
  • ronyDronyD Member Posts: 9


    Bruce,
    I contractor is specing with one circulator/multiple zone valves, the other specing multiple circulators/multiple zone valves, both using the taco zone controller. Mulitiple circulator approach just overkill, or they just don;t want to determine the proper sizing of using one circulator?

    Can;t figure these contractors out. Seems like they want to do things the only way they know, usually word of mouth from other contractors on what they do.
  • Ron SchroederRon Schroeder Member Posts: 998
    ronyd

    Well one circ multiple zones is fine as long as the cic is sized for the highest head zone. I don't understand why one would want both zone valves with cirs on one circut, unless they don't like check valves, now I never put more than three zone valves to a circ but you have threee heat zones and one DHW zone that should be on its own circ.
  • ronyDronyD Member Posts: 9


    Are zone valves better than using flo check valves?
  • Ron SchroederRon Schroeder Member Posts: 998
    I think

    that the cost oof zone valves are about the same as circs so either or would be the case
  • Robert O'BrienRobert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,222
    Zone and flo checks

    In some DHW priority systems, it is possible for the stats to do a heat call and open the zone valves when the DHW circulator is running in priority. Those systems require check valves on both the DHW and heating loops.
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  • ronyDronyD Member Posts: 9


    Bruce,

    Not to beat a horse over the head on this issue. But, in priniciple why use zone valves over flo check valves or vice versa?
  • Paul Fredricks_3Paul Fredricks_3 Member Posts: 1,549


    In my experience. zone valves for the heating zones on a common circulator. It's a simple install, and if the circulator goes bad there is usually enough gravity heat through the open zone valves to keep the pipes from freezing. If a zone valve goes bad it can be manually opened until it's repaired.

    The domestic water heater, I assume you mean an indirect heater running off the boiler, should have it's own circulator with flow check to assure proper flow and plenty of hot water production.

    I have seen a lot of jobs with the circulator/flow check option. It seems that plumbers especially like to go that route. I think it is over kill, unless you have a huge house with need for a lot of flow.
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