Hot Water Coils Tag

Sentry Guard

Operating water coils that are prone to air temperatures below freezing normally need the use of anti-freeze. The most common is glycol. This has been used for over 40 years, and there are two common types, ethylene and propylene. Anti-freeze provides a safeguard if there are mechanical or electrical breakdowns that may cause fluid to sit in a coil with below freezing air going across...

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Dirty Coil

Finned tube coils are meant to have contact with the air flow, as more contact creates more heat transfer. Heat transfer is nothing more than heat exchanged from one medium to another, and the goal is to create maximum heat transfer efficiency. The downside to this process is the coil’s susceptibility to foreign materials becoming lodged in them. The following explores this problem in a...

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Outside Air Loads

HVAC and process heating/cooling must deal with the added tonnage created by using fresh air from outside. Most times, the requirement for fresh air is mandatory and can go from 10% all the way to 100 % of the system air flow. There are numerous rules and regulations written to eliminate air flow quality problems, including bacteria and other micro-organisms, that can cause health problems....

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Sentry Guard

Florida is known for its beautiful beaches, great weather, pristine communities, and senior traffic heading to the “Early Bird Specials”. For many, it’s considered to be paradise! The state has continued to grow every year since 1950, and its continued growth seems assured.   During the winter months in the northern and central portions of the state, old man winter still comes knocking from time to time...

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Corrosion in Tube

There are many reasons why hot water coils in your system can under-perform. Some reasons are from the time of the design, and many other instances can also occur after the coils have been installed. Here are 10 common reasons why hot water heating coils can fail:   Air stratification issues - The air flow across the surface of the coil is not being evenly...

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Hot Water Coil

Water Cooling and Heating Coils   Water is the most widely used heat transfer medium because it’s readily available and low in cost. Water can be used as a heat transfer medium if the temperature range is between 15 degrees Fahrenheit (when mixed with glycol) when cooling and a high of 210 degrees Fahrenheit when heating.   Chilled Water Coils   When maintaining an acceptable living or working condition in...

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Replacement Coils

Coil replacement has been a part of the HVAC aftermarket for as long as finned tube coils have been used to create heat transfer. The coils installed in the 50’s and 60’s were heavier duty than today’s coils and were almost always spiral fin type with a tension wound fin onto copper tubes.  The plate fin didn’t become prevalent until the mid-60’s. By the end...

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Plugged Coil

  Replacing heat exchanger coils was adapted ever since the beginning of the HVAC and processing/cooling era. It’s now close to 90 years since the first finned tube heat exchangers appeared on the market in the early 1900’s. The coil has undergone drastic changes over the years, from the spiral wound type to the plate fin coils that currently dominate the market. Throughout each decade, the...

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Hot Water Coils

If you’re in the HVAC industry, then you’ve been involved in projects and installations that have duct mounted booster heating coils. How did the term “booster” originate? Most heating coil applications have a main heating coil that takes air from the lowest entering air temperature to an intermediate air temperature. Each individual space has its own heat load, and the duct mounted booster coil is...

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Hot Water Coil

Most heating coils are either a preheat or reheat coil mounted in a unit. Also, reheat coils can be mounted downstream of a unit in a supply duct. This article will address hot water and steam heating coils. There are numerous reasons why a heating coil may not perform to its expected capacity. The following are the major ones.   Improper Coil Selection   Heating coils can be selected...

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