NEW HYDRONICS PRODUCTS TANKLESS WATER HEATERS Rheem expands its line of tankless water heaters with the introduction of the Prestige series condensing and mid-efficiency tankless gas water heaters. Loaded with features that will save water, energy and installation time, and with diagnostics that ensure quick troubleshooting and fewer callbacks, the tankless units were built from the ground up with contractors in mind, the company notes. The water savings setting decreases water flow until it reaches the water heater’s set temperature, while the maintenance notice setting alerts homeowners after 1 1/2 years of use, flashing a warning code to call for a service check. The new recirculation timer settings control the pump on the water heater itself, eliminating the need for an aquastat, timer and additional power outlet. Rheem’s Hot Start Programming minimizes the coldwater sandwich for continuous hot water without the cold water burst between back-to-back hot water needs. The heaters are eligible for federal tax credit paybacks of up to $300 through Dec. 31. Rheem. www.rheem.com ELECTRIC HEAT PUMP A. O. Smith’s Voltex hybrid electric heat pump line delivers efficiency and performance by heating water with ambient heat captured from the surrounding air. A. O. Smith notes the Voltex is the only “out-of-the-box“ water heater currently on the market that meets efficiency specifications for the highest level of the Advanced Water Heater Specification. A. O. Smith. www.hotwater.com HYDRONIC AIR HANDLER Bosch Thermotechnology’s hydronic air handler is a more compact and advanced replacement for traditional furnaces, the company states. The air handler seamlessly connects with tankless water heaters, transferring the unit’s highly-efficient hot water through a hydronic heating coil. As the hot water circulates through the pipe, warm air is sent through the residential duct system. Simple setup with a tankless water heater eliminates the need for additional gas pipes, venting and fresh air intake. Bosch Thermotechnology. www.boschthermotechnology.com HYDRONIC APP Slant/Fin’s Hydronic Explorer app is an easy-to-use tool that lets the user quickly calculate a project’s heating load requirements. The app also is available from a desktop computer, so if a user doesn’t have a smartphone, he or she still can create and manage multiple jobs and keep track of requirements. Slant/Fin. www.hydronicexplorer.com HYDRONICS BOOK Caleffi ’s 19th edition of “idronics: Proven Hydronics Distribution Systems,” provides a thoughtful examination of complete hydronic distribution systems and the interactions of components within properly designed systems. Caleffi . www.caleffi.com CONDENSING TANKLESS WATER HEATER The Noritz NR501 condensing tankless water heater is for mid-sized wholehouse applications and provides a hot water solution for one-bath homes in warmer climates. The strictly outdoor unit has an EF of 0.86 for natural gas and 0.85 for liquid propane. Noritz. www.noritz.com BOILER FILL VALVES Watts‘ BD1156 dial-set boiler fill valve provides boiler installers and end users a faster, easier and safer way to fill hydronic heating systems. The BD911 is a combination of the BD1156 dial-set boiler fill valve and a backflow preventer. With a simple-to-use pushbutton fast fill, the BD1156 provides a fill rate of 25 gpm, which speeds system startup and saves installers time. A built-in auto-stop feature prevents the fast fill from over-pressurizing the system above 25 psi. Watts Water Technologies. www.wattswater.com DRAIN CLEANER General Pipe Cleaners‘ Kinetic Water Ram quickly and cleanly clears clogged drains with green power. The environmentally safe unit uses compressed air to generate a shock wave that instantly pulverizes the stoppage. The shock wave bypasses vents and goes around bends to reach the stoppage with only 2% loss of power. The built-in pump and pressure gauge let the operator select the right amount of force for each job. General Pipe Cleaners notes the lightweight, compact tool is cleaner than snakes, safer than chemicals and uses no electrical power or CO2 gas. An optional toilet attachment screws onto the front of the unit to turn it into a powerful plunger. General Pipe Cleaners. www.drainbrain.com/ram NEW BATTERY PLATFORM Milwaukee Tool’s M12 REDLITHIUM compact 3.0 and XC6.0 battery packs deliver three times more runtime, 20% more power and two times longer life than standard lithium-ion batteries, the company states. The 3.0 battery is ideal for light drilling and fastening, press tools, personal lighting, heating gear and radios. The XC 6.0 allows M12 users to tackle more aggressive applications. Milwaukee Tool. www.milwaukeetool.com CONSTRUCTION MARKERS Markal’s Quik Stick solid-paint markers come in four fluorescent colors (yellow, green orange and pink). The gel-based paint is ideal for marking on smooth or rough surfaces up to 400° F. Markal. www.markal.com CORDLESS TOOL PLATFORM Makita expands its 18V lithiumion cordless tool platform with the 18V LXT lithium-ion 6.0Ah battery. The battery is engineered to provide twice the run time of the Makita 3. 0Ah LXT battery, but with the same weight and dimensions as the lower-capacity batteries. Makita. www.makitausa.com PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE CD The College of Product Knowledge CD is simple to navigate and features more than 100 products. The CD features four-color diagrams showing product cutaways and flow direction, as well as a new section on tankless water heaters. Plumbing & Mechanical magazine. www.pmmag.com/products NEW PRODUCTS CONDENSING BOILER Weil-McLain’s GV90+ high-efficiency cast-iron boiler for energyefficient comfort heating in residential applications features streamlined controls with simple setup, low maintenance and durable design for the long run, the company notes. The unit features a highperformance durable cast-iron primary heat exchanger made from about 70% recycled materials. A corrosion-resistant stainless-steel condensing secondary heat exchanger recoups heat energy from exhaust normally wasted to further system efficiency. Weil-McLain. www.weil-mclain.com/products/gv90-gas-boiler ADAPTER KIT The NEOPERL adapter kit is designed to make ordering the right replacement parts easy, the company notes. It contains 17 adapters to solve almost any thread issue found in the field. The washer kit has an assortment of regular- and junior-size washers, perfect to replace the missing washer on the go. The kit features two different products in three different flow rates for shower retrofit. The water-saving aerator kit contains a wide selection of NEOPERL water-saving products. NEPOERL. www.neoperl.com CABLE LOCK Jones Stephens‘ WordLock Loop and Lock cable lock allows users to secure tools, ladders and other valuables. Made with a heavy-duty flexible steel cable, this unit uses a word and matchkey to grant access. The word spelled out on the key must match the word on the lock, ensuring more security for an end user’s belongings. Jones Stephens. www.jonesstephens.com THERMOSTATIC MIXING VALVE Taco’s 5121 mixing valve is a compact lead-free domestic water thermostatic valve designed to deliver stable, mixed water temperatures for faucets or any pointof- use installation wherever an ASSE 1070 safety valve is required. Taco Comfort Solutions. www.taco-hvac.com PLUMBING FITTING John Guest’s new Reducer in 1/2” stem by 3/8“ CT size is for use in the domestic plumbing market. The fitting is suitable for both hot and cold water plumbing/remodeling and hydronic heating applications. John Guest. www.johnguestusa.com HEAT PUMP Water Furnace introduces the 5 series 500W11 single hydronic heat pump. Like other 5 series units, the 500W11 features Aurora base communicating controls with optional advanced controls, performance monitoring, and performance and refrigeration monitoring. Water Furnace. www.waterfurnace.com STAINLESS-STEEL MANIFOLD The Legend M-8330 manifold series includes three models. The premium .304 stainless-steel 1“ supply header has built-in flow meters that allow for precise adjustment of the circuit flow rates. The 1“ return headers have easy-to-actuate circuit isolation valves. All components have EPDM O-rings and seals. Every manifold is loosely assembled onto its mounting bracket, ready for immediate installation at the jobsite. Legend Valve. www.legendhydronics.com/home.php CONDENSING BOILER The new value-priced X-C high-efficiency boiler is in addition to U.S. Boiler Co.‘s broad line of stainless-steel condensing boilers. It’s available in five sizes from 80 to 180 MBH and provides up to 95% AFUE at a competitive price, the company notes. A factory preset Sage 2.2 control system and LCD display offer straightforward setup and diagnostics, while a standard outdoor reset control saves fuel for the end user. The X-C boiler is system-tested at the factory and comes with a five-year parts warranty. U.S. Boiler Co. www.usboiler.com STAINLESS-STEEL TANKS Triangle Tube’s Prestige Excellence now features stainless-steel tanks for both inside and out. This new innovation ensures the outer tank is completely secure from any corrosion. The entire range features 95-plus % efficiency and up to a 5:5:1 turndown ratio with the ability to maintain 3 gpm of domestic hot water. The new ACVMax control system has the option for mixingvalve function for dual-temperature heating systems as well as fully programmable circulator control. Additional features include 60-second setup, intelligent troubleshooting and an integrated cascade. Triangle Tube. www.triangletube.com EMERGENCY SIGNALING SYSTEMS Bradley Corp.‘s customized emergency signaling systems help to quickly alert and mobilize emergency response teams to affected personnel using emergency safety showers and eye and eye/face wash fixtures, while discouraging vandalism that impairs the performance of those fixtures. Bradley Corp. www.bradleycorp.com UPDATED APP Winters has updated its Tools-To-Go app with new and enhanced features. An application configurator allows users to search for instrumentation in the applications they have most commonly utilized. The product configurator includes the ability to configure instrumentation valves. Winters Instruments. www.winters.com BRASS BALL VALVES Bonomi North America’s new low-torque three-way four-seated brass ball valves with spring return handles provide “deadman” mixing or diversion operations in either L-port or T-port configurations. They are now available in sizes 1/4” to 2“with FNTP end connections. Bonomi North America. www.bonominorthamerica.com
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