What is a Sidearm Heat Exchanger?
Conventional water heaters have been a part of most modern homes. Year after year, we all shake our heads in desperation as our monthly energy bills become more and more expensive. But of course we cannot live without hot water especially in areas where there is freezing cold temperatures in almost all months of the year. This is why homeowners turn to nifty techniques to save on energy bills while still enjoying the comforts of having uninterrupted water supply whole year round.
Sidearm heat exchangers explained
A sidearm heat exchanger is a device used together with a water heater or an outdoor wood furnace to heat a home’s domestic water supply. Homeowners that feel the strain of paying for high electricity costs should consider adding a sidearm heat exchanger to their existing water heater. Water heaters are able to heat an average home more efficiently when something as simple as a sidearm heat exchanger is installed.
Sidearm heat exchangers utilize a process known as natural thermosiphon. It consist of an inner copper tube that is usually ¾ inch in diameter and an outer tube that is usually 1 ¾ inch copper pipe. The larger tube fits over the smaller one just like a jacket. Between these two tubes is where thermosiphon happens.
Thermosiphon is a type of heat exchange through convection. Water from the water heater is drawn up through the heat exchanger without the use of any kind of mechanical pump. The outer tube with a larger diameter is plumbed into the water flow loop from an outdoor wooden furnace while the plumb in the heat exchanger so the water moves from top to bottom. Water enters the heat exchanger from the top and exits at the bottom and then goes back to the wooden furnace.
Sidebar heat exchangers minimize the loss of heat in a water heating system. It also allows you to enjoy hot water all day and even all year long without paying expensive heating or electricity bills. It may be installed in an old water heater system to improve its efficiency or it may be included in a newly installed system as a home is constructed or updated.
Sidearm heat exchangers come in different sizes and models. Each type is suitable for either residential heating or plumbing or for commercial applications. There are also different styles of heat exchangers since these may be used on conventional boilers, outdoor wooden furnaces and even on a solar powered hot water system. And even when thermosiphon allows hot water to circulate even without the use of a conventional water pump, a pump or a similar device may be used especially when faster heat recovery is needed.
How sidearm heat exchanger installation is done
Installation of a sidebar heat exchanger should be done by a professional. A contractor may be hired to install a heat exchanger in an old water heater system or to install this device together with a newly installed or a new heater system.
Installation starts with a consultation with a contractor. A specialist usually does a visual inspection of the existing heating system and then does recommendations based on the needs of the homeowner. An inspector also assesses the materials needed as well as the overall cost of the upgrade. Adding a sidearm heat exchanger is certainly an upgrade since it improves your home heating system.
What happens in an actual installation?
After a contractor has inspected your heating system, he will recommend the ideal sidearm heat exchanger to use for your specific system. The day of installation, the contractor arrives with the specific sidearm heat exchanger that comes in a kit along with an owner’s manual.
- He will first locate the hot line hose from your boiler and connect it to the valve located on the top of the sidearm heat exchanger.
- He will then attach the domestic water system hookups for the boiler and the furnace to the drain and the pressure relief ports of the sidearm heat exchanger. Once these are completely connected he will ensure that all the lines are tight and there are no leaks within the system.
- Your sidearm heat exchanger is installed. Next he will locate the air valve on the top of the sidearm unit and turn the valve open to release any trapped air.
Sidearm heat exchanger for sale
There are a lot of sidearm heat exchangers and each one with a different kind of feature. The most popular type of heat exchangers like the double wall and the fin-enhanced sidearm heat exchangers offer the most efficient hot water delivery system. These and more sidearm heat exchangers and accessories are available here in our site. Feel free to browse our complete online catalog for all the parts and accessories you need.
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