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 Hammer Arrestor Placement for Tankless Recirc Pump?
Author: CapableThoStumped (IA)

I'm fairly competent, but also feeling rather stumped. Hoping for some direction and clarity here.


Landscape: Using a tankless heater with internal recirculation pump. The house (multi-baths across multi-floors) has a dedicated recirculation line, and the recirc pump runs at at scheduled times throughout the day (to align with family showers, doing dishes, etc.).


Issue: We've noticed when the recirc pump finishes its run cycle and shuts off, we experience water hammer. Can't access the pipes in the walls directly to brace them better against the studs without tearing down the drywall. Would like to try other options like a water hammer arrestor first.

* Please note we're planning to also add stub hammer arresters at the various fixtures as a good general practice, but that won't necessarily help us address the hammer caused by the recirc pump inside the water heater.


QUESTION: Knowing that arresters work best when placed nearest to the offending fixture, it's unclear to me where is best to place the water hammer arrestor in our setup (basic diagram [not to scale] attached).

I know I'm overthinking this and keep second guessing myself, so welcome input from others on best path forward (or advise if perhaps another expansion tank on the HOT water line would be better here... OR maybe even add both an arrestor and an additional ET??). undecided

Thanks in advance for any direction. smileys with beer






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 Re: Hammer Arrestor Placement for Tankless Recirc Pump?
Author: bernabeu (SC)

4

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 Re: Hammer Arrestor Placement for Tankless Recirc Pump?
Author: packy (MA)

its not the pump causing this it is the check valve.

do you know if you have a spring loaded check valve built into the pump or a stand alone swing check?

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 Re: Hammer Arrestor Placement for Tankless Recirc Pump?
Author: CapableThoStumped (IA)

@pachy: I do. It’s a spring valve. Specifically the WATTS Maxi-Flo LF600 Lead Free Cast Copper Silicon Alloy Spring Loaded Silent Check Valve



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 Re: Hammer Arrestor Placement for Tankless Recirc Pump?
Author: CapableThoStumped (IA)

Thank you, @bernabeu. I have been leaning toward location 4, as well.

It’s a shame that section provides the shortest run of the set, but I can find solutions for that. While it wouldn’t be the very best location and wouldn’t be AS good as 4, would location 3 still work if I pull it closer to the merge point there on the right?

Basically, I’m considering replacing the elbow on the bottom right instead with a Tee so I can attach the arrester. It’s just passed the backflow preventer off the recirc line so less ideal.



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 Re: Hammer Arrestor Placement for Tankless Recirc Pump?
Author: packy (MA)

just for an experiment...

shut the cold water supplying the heater.

open a couple of faucets to let air into the hot side only.

drain out some water from the hot piping.

close the faucets and turn the water on.

you should have a small cushion of air at each faucet that will act like a hammer arrestor.

run the recirc to see what happens.

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Author: CapableThoStumped (IA)

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Packy (MA)

you should have a small cushion of air at each faucet that will act like a hammer arrestor.

run the recirc to see what happens.


Thank you, Packy. This is a fine idea and I will give it a try. Appreciate the recommendation!



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