I may be tempting fate but after much deliberation I’ve bought a 6m3/h (1" BSP thread) sharky 775.
Should be OK for the flow rates we’ll see with our HP (also checked with Stockshed) even though they are on the lower end of its rating. It also has really low pressure drop and matches the 28mm primaries.
Our system is being installed the week of the 20th so will report back on how it goes…!
Meanwhile it’s interesting that this larger unit does not have a tap for a temp sensor in the brass body - so you need 2 half inch tees one for each temp sensor…
The 1/2" sensor pockets that came with the Sharky don’t fit super well into the 28mm compression/1/2" tees I have - only about 1/3 of the thread screws in then the end of the pocket hits the other side of the fitting.
Is this an issue anyone else has seen? Not sure if a bit of PTFE is going to do the job here…
These tees came from Monsterplumb, maybe there are better ones that have a ‘deeper’ 1/2 inch port from a different manufacturer?
FWIW there’s an easier way to do temperature probes and get the appropriate insertion depths - ball valves with M10 threaded probe pockets and 1" BSP threads. Minimal flow disturbance (it’s a direct immersion probe now), fast response time, and bish bash bosh onto 28 mm copper for resi sized heat pumps.
And yes, do install with the handles upwards; though any air in there will quickly become entrained at the velocities you’ll be seeing in the piework IMO.
@Zarch I think you have a giant air pocket just before the heat pump.
That expansion vessel will be where all the air in the system gathers when the flowrate is low. It’s a lollipop / baloon on a stick and right before the heat meter.
When the flowrate rises you’ll drag air out of that expansion vessel. It’ll zoom past the auto air vent (useless for entrained air moving quickly; you need to slow the air down for it to get caught in an auto air vent) and straight through the meter’s flow sensor.
Try a MUCH longer MUCH fatter pipe to the expansion vessel; with a tee off the side of it and a vertical run up to the auto air vent. Air can then gather in that long pipe up to the expansion vessel then naff off out of the auto air vent as it’s convenience.
More interesting though - what’s your DHW cylinder charging setup? I’m tempted to try an arotherm with a plate into a regular direct cylinder myself.
Ah - Mixergy - ok - I was looking for a setup that didn’t involve it’s own operating system…
Heating bod should follow my gibberish. Air drops out at the top and where things slow down. Put the expansion vessel higher than it is. Put two tees into the vertical pipe that rises to it. The lower tee feeds the meter. The upper tee bleeds off the air into the air admittance valve. You need to feed the system with water from below the point the air has been bled out.
They look interesting - Altecnic even says for heatMeters @glyn.hudson@TrystanLea - for your kit? It does say They are the ideal valve for isolating the temperature probe of heat meters So isolating the probe and the meter.
However, I’m not sure I want the actual probe in the water (that is what that looks like)
I still look at that and think it is a fair % of the free diameter. When I re-pipe my tank I’ll probably get tee’s fitted with enough depth to set the probe just outside the water flow, but these are really interesting.
Interesting call. Looking at Sharky 775 heat meter questions - #23 by Zarch, how about a simple up and over loop of pipe. Halfway along a tee, up to a second tee off to to left for the expansion vessel (lifted up) and straight up for the AA valve (and give it a bit of pipe as well).
Probably improves the flow (not turning on 2 tees). Should still allow the air to rise.
Personally, I’d do a radius bend, but Plumbers seem to be adverse to bending pipe these days.