Turbonics Hydronic System Help, Please

Discussion in 'HVAC Heating & Cooling' started by dlawb, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. dlawb

    dlawb New Member

    Jun 24, 2009

    Bit of a newbie here.

    I'm looking at a Turbonics hydronic heating system with mainly wall-mounted fan units.

    1) The Taco circulator cartridge is running a lot and the body gets pretty hot pretty quickly. How do I know if there's a problem?

    2) How do I make sure there's not air in the system and take it out if there is?

    3) Is flushing the system something I can do myself?

    4) It says "hot water only". In all this heat, please, for the love of all that's holy, tell me this is wrong and that I can run some cool city water through it, at least for the next couple days.

    Thanks so much,

    You folks are awesome.
  2. Dana

    Dana In the trades

    Jan 14, 2009
    Wall mounted units need to provide condensation protection/disposal if it's going to be used in combination with a chiller/chilled water. Can't have stuff drippin' in the wall cavity creating mold conditions, now, eh?

    If you're willing to take that risk, whatever you do, don't use that water for anything else except maybe flushing toilets if you've had boiler water running through it previously. Also, it would take a substantial supply of city water to use it as a pass-through cooler- I assume you're metered?

    If you want cooling, get an air conditioner or a chiller, and use a fan coil or air handler system designed with cooling issues in mind.

    I'll let the hydronics installers address the rest.
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