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Homeowner’s Mid-January Crisis Resolved by New Jersey Contractor Surprisingly warm temperatures greeted residents of Mid-Atlantic  states In the middle of January. For people living in the area who typically face freezing temperatures, severe nor’easter snowstorms, and perilous ice storms, temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to low-40s without precipitation was almost a best-case scenario for the Read more

Homeowner’s Mid-January Crisis Resolved by New Jersey Contractor

Surprisingly warm temperatures greeted residents of Mid-Atlantic  states In the middle of January. For people living in the area who typically face freezing temperatures, severe nor’easter snowstorms, and perilous ice storms, temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to low-40s without precipitation was almost a best-case scenario for the residents’ safety – and thermal comfort.

Despite the mild atmospheric conditions that occurred last January, homeowners who have a malfunctioning boiler, even in tranquil weather, may unexpectedly find themselves in a catastrophe at home. This was the situation a homeowner from New Jersey faced when the heating unit of a century-old home stopped working, causing the residents to shiver as evening temperatures approached the freezing point.

Ezzy Travis, a plumbing and heating contractor and solo proprietor of E. Travis Mechanical installed a HTP ELU 150K BTU boiler to substitute the feeble and inefficient one. Four days without heat or water might not seem like a lot, but can seem like an eternity for people living in the house.

“The boiler was only about 12 years old, but was not properly serviced,’’ Travis said. “With the amount of time it would’ve required to repair the boiler, it didn’t make sense. It also wasn’t piped 100 percent correctly.”

Workers from E. Travis Mechanical replaced the heating system in a century-old New Jersey home when the existing system failed during January, one of the coldest months of the year in the Garden State.

A Fresh Start

Prior to arriving at the home in the New Jersey neighborhood of Glen Rock, Travis had already fixed other home heating emergencies. Upon assessing the situation, he recognized the project required extensive repairs, rather than a short-term solution.

“A wholesaler referred this project to me,’’ Travis said. “I knew right away we’d have to replace the boiler and all the piping. Things weren’t done 100 percent correctly, and I have a standard way of doing things. All the piping in the mechanical room and the boiler had to be ripped out. The only thing that was salvageable was the indirect tank. It had been installed in August, so there was no reason to rip it out.”

Constructed in 1916, the traditional house features four bedrooms and three baths, in a 3,200 square feet area. Despite the house being quite expansive, the mechanical room’s workspace did not have the same luxury.

“That was probably the biggest challenge we faced,’’ he said. “It wasn’t a deep mechanical room. There just wasn’t a lot of room for two of us. I needed another set of hands for this one. We had to ask each other to move out of the way when we had to move within the room. It was a pretty tight squeeze with some significant space constraints.”

Contractors often encounter working areas that are cramped like a sardine can. “It’s weird because many times when you need space, you don’t have it,’’ Travis said. “Other times we’ll install something that is relatively small, and we have all the space in the world. A lot of my jobs are in areas where everybody wants to utilize every square inch of the basement. I’ll have to spend time putting down protective material for the carpet and wall, which makes it take longer. I don’t want to do any damage to the house.”

Navigating tight staircases with burdensome boilers is a risk that contractors frequently experience. When setting up the new boiler to replace the faulty one, Travis and his helper maneuvered carefully as they removed the old unit and installed the new one.

The project included the installation of an HTP ELU 150K boiler, which was selected for its durability and 11:1 turndown ratio.

Turning Up the Heat

Finding the appropriate boiler is key for a project in an old home with many rooms and floors. Contractors must consider that houses with compromised insulation and large square feet make the selection even more important.

“I had to factor in the heat loss of the house,’’ Travis said. “In this part of New Jersey, we see a lot of houses like that. In a hydronic system, you need to do thorough heat loss analysis. I wanted to make sure that the unit we installed was able to overcome any heat loss within the house.”

The high BTU output the HTP boiler provides was the deciding factor in Travis’ choice. “I also liked the fact that it had a 11:1 turndown ratio,’’ Travis said. “I like the simplicity of it. It’s not a complicated boiler. Because of the age of the house, I was also concerned about heat loss. I wanted to make sure we had enough BTUs to heat the entire house.”

In nearly all residential heating systems, the 11:1 ratio is a significant factor to consider. Whenever a boiler or burner finishes a cycle, it uses a substantial amount of energy. Reducing the amount of complete on and off cycles by utilizing a higher turndown ratio can minimize inefficiencies, resulting in lower maintenance costs. Additionally, high turndown burners are capable of responding more rapidly to changes in demand.

The HTP units – offered in sizes from 85K BTU input and all the way up to 199K BTU input – feature high-quality stainless-steel heat exchangers that guarantees the highest quality at the boiler’s core with corrosion resistance. The amplification in water flow provided by the heat exchanger results in increased turbulence that helps scrub the internal walls, thus reducing the accumulation of hazardous deposits.

“I liked the simplicity of this boiler,’’ Travis said. “There are not a lot of moving parts and it’s pretty uncomplicated.”

The HTP ELU boiler includes a Wi-Fi solution that enables remote monitoring and notifies personnel when faults occur in the system.

Linked Together

With the help of HTP link technology, the HTP ELU boiler offers a Wi-Fi solution for remote observation and alerts staff in the instance of a system fault. The boiler’s settings can also be conveniently adjusted on location without getting up from the chair.

During his 20-plus years in the industry, Travis has suggested HTP units for several projects. “I like their efficiency, durability and simplicity,’’ he said. “I get a lot of support when I’m installing them. They’ve been a good product for me over the years.”

Despite primarily being a one-man team, Travis takes pride in resolving significant or minor issues for all his clients. “I don’t feel like I’m doing anything special,’’ he said. “I’m just doing what I do. Fortunately, we were able to come up with a good solution for this rather quickly. It’s never a good thing for a homeowner to be without heat in the middle of winter.”

Brian Giardina writes on building, construction, engineering and other trade industry topics for publications throughout the United States.

Electric water pumps are becoming an increasingly popular choice in a variety of applications, from programmable additional heating in vehicles to precision and efficiency in industrial settings. But how do these pumps work?  In this blog post, we will explore the inner workings of electric water pumps, from the electrical energy input to the mechanical Read more

Electric water pumps are becoming an increasingly popular choice in a variety of applications, from programmable additional heating in vehicles to precision and efficiency in industrial settings. But how do these pumps work? 

In this blog post, we will explore the inner workings of electric water pumps, from the electrical energy input to the mechanical energy output that drives the pumping process. We will also take a look at the main uses of electric water truck pump and how they have evolved over time. So, if you are curious about the technology behind these pumps, just keep reading.

How Electric Water Pumps Work

Electric water pumps are powered by electricity, which is a great option for those who want to be environmentally conscious. These pumps can be used to move water in or around a home or business, and they are very versatile in their uses. If you’re considering installing an electric water pump system at your property, here’s what you need to know!

The Basic components of an electric water pump

There are three basic components that make up an electric pump system: the motor, the casing, and the impeller. The motor is what actually moves the water through the system; it’s powered by electricity, which comes from either a wall outlet or solar panels on your roof. The casing houses all of these components and keeps them safe from outside elements like dirt and debris (you’ll need to clean this part regularly). Finally, there’s the impeller—this is what actually pumps water through your pipes once all of those other parts have been put together properly!

How electric water pumps move water

The mechanics of an electric water pump are fairly straightforward: they use electricity to spin a turbine or impeller, which then moves water through pipes and into your house. The turbine or impeller itself is connected to two shafts: one that runs vertically and one that runs horizontally; when the shafts spin together they create suction pressure within the pipe system that moves the water up from its source (such as a well) into your house where it can be used for drinking or bathing purposes.”

Types of Electric Water Pumps

While electric water pumps come in all designs, shapes and sizes, it is important to understand their differences and how they fit your needs. In this section, we’ll provide a brief description of 3 of these pumps, how they compare and how they work, namely: submersible pumps, centrifugal pumps, and positive displacement pumps.

Submersible pumps

Submersible pumps are the most common type of pump used in residential homes and commercial businesses. They work by using a spinning impeller to force water through the pump’s body and out its discharge port. The process is similar to how a toilet works—the spinning impeller creates a suction that pulls dirty water into the pump’s body, where it’s cleaned by internal components before being pushed out of the discharge port.

Centrifugal pumps

Centrifugal pumps are often used when there isn’t room for a submersible pump, such as in large industrial settings where there is ample space for them to be installed above ground. Centrifugal pumps work by harnessing kinetic energy from moving parts to create pressure within the pump’s body, which forces dirty water through an intake port before being discharged through another port on the opposite side of the body (usually positioned above ground).

Positive Displacement pumps

Positive displacement pumps are the most common type of electric water pump. They are also known as constant-displacement pumps because they can deliver a set volume of water for each revolution.

Unlike centrifugal pumps, which draw water into a rotating impeller and force it out through a discharge pipe, positive displacement pumps move water through the entire pump without relying on any movement outside the pump’s casing. The impeller draws in a small amount of water at its center and pushes it out through an outlet opening. This action creates a vacuum behind the impeller that pulls in more water to replace what has been pumped out, maintaining constant flow throughout the entire cycle.

Conclusion

It’s clear that electric water pumps are a necessity for any home. They provide a safe and efficient way to transfer water from one location to another. Electric water pumps can be purchased in a variety of different forms, so it’s important to carefully consider the factors that matter most when choosing your preferred model. This can include things like size, design, power supply, and cost.

In this article, you have learned the importance and function of electric water pumps. You have also been given information on 3 different types of electric water pumps available, as well as the factors to consider when choosing one. Hopefully, the information provided will help you select the one best suited to your needs.

Taco Comfort Solutions donated $25,000 to Tunnel to Towers Foundation during an event held on June 15 at Wales Darby’s Islandia, N.Y. facility. Taco teamed up with their New York manufacturer’s rep, Wales Darby, to run a contractor promotion in the Long Island area supporting Tunnel to Towers. Taco donated proceeds from Taco heating circulators Read more

Taco Comfort Solutions donated $25,000 to Tunnel to Towers Foundation during an event held on June 15 at Wales Darby’s Islandia, N.Y. facility.

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From left to right, Tunnel to Towers Foundation representative Andrew McClure receives a check for $25,000 from Taco Comfort Solutions’ Benjamin White, Manager, Supply Chain, and John White, III, Sr. Vice President, OEM Sales.

Taco teamed up with their New York manufacturer’s rep, Wales Darby, to run a contractor promotion in the Long Island area supporting Tunnel to Towers. Taco donated proceeds from Taco heating circulators sold during a four-month period to Tunnel to Towers.

Tunnel to Towers Foundation supports families of fallen and severely injured military and first responders by providing mortgage-free homes.

The Taco Family of Companies Executive Chairman and owner John Hazen White, Jr. has announced the promotion of Cheryl Merchant to Chief Executive Officer of the 100-year old, third generation family-owned company. Merchant, who joined Taco in 2019, was previously President of Global Operations. “During her time at Taco, Cheryl has proven herself a capable Read more

The Taco Family of Companies Executive Chairman and owner John Hazen White, Jr. has announced the promotion of Cheryl Merchant to Chief Executive Officer of the 100-year old, third generation family-owned company. Merchant, who joined Taco in 2019, was previously President of Global Operations.

“During her time at Taco, Cheryl has proven herself a capable and talented leader. I feel confident that our company will continue to move in a positive direction under her leadership. This promotion demonstrates the full confidence and trust that the White family has in her,” said White.

White added, “I will remain actively involved in the company. This executive transition will allow me to focus on global growth of the company as well as continue to nurture and strengthen the crucial relationships we have with our employees, reps, suppliers, customers, and the communities where we work.”

Prior to joining Taco, Merchant spent the last 19 years as the President and CEO of Hope Global Industries, based in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Taco has a solution for every domestic hot water recirculation (DHWR) challenge and homeowner preference.  All systems are designed to conserve water and increase comfort by reducing the delivery time of hot water to outlet fixtures. Products for new construction piping with a dedicated return line include Plumb n’ Plug® (digital or analog), Smart Plus™ Read more

Taco has a solution for every domestic hot water recirculation (DHWR) challenge and homeowner preference.  All systems are designed to conserve water and increase comfort by reducing the delivery time of hot water to outlet fixtures.

Products for new construction piping with a dedicated return line include Plumb n’ Plug® (digital or analog), Smart Plus™ and TacoGenie™.  For retrofits using the existing plumbing, Taco’s Hot-Link® and TacoGenie (with optional undersink installation kit) use the cold water line to complete the recirculation loop.

Plumb n’ Plug® – Periodically recirculates hot water with quiet, efficient operation and low power consumption. The optional 24 hour analog or 7-day digital programmable clock timers are easy to program and can be set to run during peak usage hours or continuously.

SmartPlus™ – Is fully automatic and never needs programming.  When set to “smart” mode, the circulator records each time hot water is called for during a week’s time, then duplicates the pattern the following week.  Can also be set to “pulse” mode – operating for 150 seconds every ten minutes.  Automatically shifts to “vacation” mode if hot water isn’t used for 36 hours.

Hot-Link® –  Instant hot water with no additional plumbing or electrical required. Hot-Link is a quick, easy retrofit using the existing plumbing. Valve is mounted under the sink and the analog timer pump at the water heater. The valve’s thermal disk sends cooled water back to the water heater so hot water lines remain hot.
Taco Genie™– The small, silent pump attaches to hot and cold water lines in the cabinet under the most remote kitchen or bath fixture. When activated, cool water that normally runs down the drain is recirculated back to the water heater through the cold water line. When hot water arrives at the faucet, the pump automatically shuts off to prevent pumping excess hot water into the cold water line.  Can also be installed in dedicated return line systems.Taco - DHW family