Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Tom

Tankless water heaters present an alternative to conventional tank water heaters. Tankless units generally take up less space, can be mounted on a wall, and only heat water on demand. Although tank-style water heaters expend extra energy to keep the contents of their storage tanks warm at all times,…

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Spruce Up Old Baseboard Heaters With Stylish DIY Replacement Covers

Kristine

Looking for a way to retrofit your old baseboard heaters? Do-it-yourself with the versatile and easy to install Baseboarders replacement covers. Baseboard heaters have been an extremely popular choice for many homes since the mid-1950s—and unfortunately, many of these units are showing their ag…

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AO Smith Voltex SHPT-50

Adam

Joining AO Smith’s range of high performance residential heat pump water heaters comes the new SHPT-50 Voltex Hybrid Electric 50-gallon model.  The SHPT-50 has increased energy efficiency to ensure there is available hot water at the lowest possible cost.  With an Energy Factor (EF) of 2.75, the…

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PexTV Episode 13

Mark

In this Episode we talk about the products we carry from Triangle Tube. Also, out of no where...there is a new host? WHAAAT? …

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Eliminate Drafts this Winter

Tom

During heating season, homes and buildings inevitably lose heat through ceilings, floors, windows, and doors. One major source of heat-loss is often overlooked: ducts. Unless a structure has a forced-air heating system, ducts used for central air conditioning are inactive during the winter. Ducts us…

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Grocery Store Radiant

Kristine

A great place to understand radiant heating (or to explain it to your customer) is your local grocery store. Stop first in the gadget aisle and pick up a thermometer. It will probably read 70 degrees, a nice comfortable temperature. Walk up and down the aisles and keep your eye on the temperatur…

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Expansion Tank Mounting Positions

Tom

Expansion tanks can be installed in any direction. Whether oriented uprightly, horizontally, or even upside down, the expansion tank will function properly without any adverse effects. When putting an expansion in an abnormal position (specifically sideways or horizontally), make sure to support the…

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The Calci-Free Tankless Water Flush Kit from Rectorseal

Adam

The Calci-Free Tankless Water Flush Kit from Rectorseal is a complete system that cleans and restores tankless water heaters. It eliminates lime scale and other contaminants that build up on the walls of heat exchanger tubes over time and block the flow of water. The Flush Kit includes all the equip…

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ProPEX Fitting Removal

Tom

It’s easy to remove ProPEX rings from existing connections if you have access to a heat gun. Disconnecting the plastic ProPEX ring makes it possible to reuse brass ProPEX fittings, but EP ProPEX fittings can only be used once. To remove a ProPEX ring, heat one side of it with a heat gun and cut…

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Ball Valves

Adam

At SupplyHouse.com, we have some new Ball Valve styles available on the site. We're going to take a look at the T-Handle, Hose Drain, Compression, and 3 Way w/ L-Port models. These ball valves are designed for residential, commercial, or industrial use with water, oil or gas. They are actuated by a …

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Rotten Egg Smell in Hot Water

Tom

Anode rods protect the lining of water heater tanks from corrosion. In rare instances, anode rods can contribute to foul-smelling hot water that has the odor of rotten eggs. This may occur when there are high sulfur and low oxygen concentrations in supply water. The anode rod promotes the generation…

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Why closely spaced tees?

Kristine

Primary-secondary piping systems call for the tees that go off to the secondary circuit to be close together, ideally not more than six inches apart. Think like water and you'll see why this is. Flow down the primary main and imagine you're entering that first tee. You have two choices: You can stay…

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