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Old 10-07-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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I have hot water radiating throughout my cold water pipes.

I'm wondering if my plumber forgot to install a check valve behind the recirculating pump. Or is this normal?

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Old 10-07-2011, 08:47 PM   #2
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Yea....you need a check valve there....

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Yeah unless he put the pump facing the wrong way.

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Wondering what that other cold line runs to. That could potentially radiate hot water as well. Problem is that you have it on the wrong side of the recirc pump line, so there's no way to put a check valve there that will stop the water from going that direction.


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Yeah unless he put the pump facing the wrong way.

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There's a check valve at the wall. It wouldn't be doing anything besides making the pump smoke.
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There's a check valve at the wall. It wouldn't be doing anything besides making the pump smoke.
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If your refering to what I think your refering too....I think that is just a reducer.....
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The check valve should have a access cover on it to get to it & make shore the little door inside works I can't tell if thats one or not?

Can we get a better pic? Maybe wider angle and higher up?

Why are the 2 ball valves closed?

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That other pipe goes to the geothermal heat pump. Which I think he may have hooked up wrong as well. That is why I have it off right now.


i uploaded a clean pic of it. maybe it will help.


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the recirculating pump is pumping toward the cold intake, according to the arrow on the side of it, under the insulated cap.


I'll go snap another pic from the top.

thanks for the help! my familly is bugging me about it...
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That other pipe goes to the geothermal heat pump. Which I think he may have hooked up wrong as well. That is why I have it off right now.

i uploaded a clean pic of it. maybe it will help.

http://joefrescoln.com/plumb/checkvalve2.jpg
Ok so you are taking water from the tank and sending that to the coils that go under the ground then comes back into a pump that creates the heat right?

Well I can tell you this doesn't look the way it was set up way to close the wall and corner for that matter.
Is the circulator humming or making a noise that indicates it's running?

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Well the geothermal heatpump is supposed to assist the hotwater heater when its compressor is running. but I have that section of it off right now as i try to figure this out.


Yes the circulator is running and humming.. working well because its heating up all my cold water pipes too :/ which is why i'm wondering if i should have a check valve or something to keep it from doing that.

here is a different pic.. maybe better.

http://joefrescoln.com/plumb/checkvalve3.jpg
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Well the geothermal heatpump is supposed to assist the hotwater heater when its compressor is running. but I have that section of it off right now as i try to figure this out.

Yes the circulator is running and humming.. working well because its heating up all my cold water pipes too :/ which is why i'm wondering if i should have a check valve or something to keep it from doing that.

here is a different pic.. maybe better.

http://joefrescoln.com/plumb/checkvalve3.jpg
This is the only circulator on the system?

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I would say you need a check valve there and in the geothermal loop as well, otherwise you will be backfeeding out to your geo system.
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Here is your problem after looking at the last picture your return should not be connected to the cold line out from tank there for you are getting the hot water from the return back into the cold tap.
Your loop is all messed up tell the plumber he needs to come back move the line needs to go back into boiler directly move or eliminate the cerc pump to hot water line out.

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Here is your problem after looking at the last picture your return should not be connected to the cold line out from tank there for you are getting the hot water from the return back into the cold tap.
Your loop is all messed up tell the plumber he needs to come back move the line needs to go back into boiler directly move or eliminate the cerc pump to hot water line out.

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As a matter of correction, cold is "IN" there are a couple of options for running a loop like this, the plumber has installed this option which is fine, it just needs a check to the stop the loop from back feeding into the incoming cold line.

Another option I have seen is to tie the return into a "T'd" drain at the bottom of the tank.

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