Heating bills tend to become more and more expensive as the months get colder and colder. Aside from heating homes, a large fraction of your power bills consist of water heating expenses. But homeowners do not have to pay an arm and a leg for a warm and comfortable home. There are efficient ways to reduce water heating bills and one of this is using heat exchangers such as a plate heat exchanger.
Plate heat exchanger explained
A plate heat exchanger is a type of heat exchanger that consists of metal plates to facilitate transfer of heat between two fluids. A plate heat exchanger is more efficient than a conventional heat exchanger simply because fluids pass through a larger surface area; fluids are spread out through a number of plates. Plates improve the transfer of heat and also increase the speed of the temperature change which is very beneficial in all kind of boilers and water heaters from small residential heaters to large commercial boilers used in an industrial setting.
Plate heat exchangers use pipes or other containment vessels to heat fluids through the transfer of heat in between them and another fluid. The plate exchanger usually consists of coiled pipes made of metal or other materials with high thermal conductivity. The outer casing of the larger chamber is made of plastic or covered with thermal insulation to avoid heat loss as the water moves into sections of the pipe.
Plate heat exchangers are further divided into three main groups: gasketed plate exchangers, fully welded plate heat exchangers and brazed models. Each type has its own advantage and disadvantages but all may be adapted to the specific needs of a home, business or industry. You can also trust that no matter what kind of water heating system your home has or how old your system is, there is a plate heat exchanger model that will fit your needs.
How plate heat exchanger installation is done
Installing a plate water heat exchanger should be done by a professional. Only a licensed contractor with adequate training should install this kind of heat exchanger.
A contractor conducts a visual inspection of the water heater system in your home. He will recommend the ideal heat exchanger system and will also evaluate your system if this kind of device is appropriate. Inspection takes a while as a contractor gingerly assesses a home or a commercial property’s needs when it comes to heating.
What happens in an actual installation?
The contractor arrives in your home or company with the right plate heat exchanger at hand. This usually comes in a set together with accessories and an owner’s manual.
- Heat exchangers are installed in a counter flow direction; this is to keep lower water volume below the connector. The installer/contractor evaluates the flow of water to the system and bases his installation on his careful assessment.
- A decision on how a plate heat exchanger should be mounted is done. This may vary according to the type of plate heat exchanger model, the amount of space allotted for the water heater and available equipment. A bottom support, using a sheet metal bracket, using a crossbar and bolts and using stud bolts are the most common.
- After the plate heat exchanger has been mounted, the water inputs and outputs re connected to the exchanger plus the connections are completely sealed. Connections are also inspected for leaks.
An important part of plate heat exchanger installation and use is maintenance. Having regular maintenance on your water heater as well as its accessories and enhancements such as the plate heat exchanger is the key to a smooth-running heating system.
Cleaning is done using an acid solution with a concentration of less than 5%.
Heat exchanger plates for sale
There are a lot of plate heat exchangers and each one with a different kind of feature. The most popular type of plate heat exchangers like the brazed heat exchangers, water to water plate heat exchangers and gasketed plate heat exchangers have been known as the most efficient plate systems which will absolutely enhance your hot water delivery system. These and more plate 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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