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  • Swing check or spring check valve?

    On a recirculating system is one better than the other? I'm thinking, spring check valve. Water heaters are bottom fed. Hot outlet on top.

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    Re: Swing check or spring check valve?

    spring checks can be used in all positions and tend to hold much tighter. problem is they're more restrictive.

    i use wye pattern checks 99% of the time on 2'' and less. wafer checks on the big stuff.

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #3
      Re: Swing check or spring check valve?

      Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
      spring checks can be used in all positions and tend to hold much tighter. problem is they're more restrictive.

      i use wye pattern checks 99% of the time on 2'' and less. wafer checks on the big stuff.

      rick.
      Bingo!
      Time flies like an arrow.

      Fruit flies like a banana.

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      • #4
        Re: Swing check or spring check valve?

        I'll second that bingo!!!
        Poor Planning On Your Part Does Not Constitute An Emergency On My Part!!
        You can fire me...but you can't tell me what to do!

        Derek

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        • #5
          Re: Swing check or spring check valve?

          Spring check valves are also susceptible to mineral buildup failure.

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          • #6
            Re: Swing check or spring check valve?

            Originally posted by Plumbus View Post
            Spring check valves are also susceptible to mineral buildup failure.
            And... more than once I've removed a failed spring check that had solder stuck in it in such a way that it wouldn't close.

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            • #7
              Re: Swing check or spring check valve?

              Swing checks for me.

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              • #8
                Re: Swing check or spring check valve?

                i install swing checks(horizontal only) spring if on verticial ,but have replaced alot of spring check due to build up holding it open causing "luke warm water"

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                • #9
                  Re: Swing check or spring check valve?

                  Swing checks, or Teflon ball checks. Just make sure you put em' in the right way

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                  • #10
                    Re: Swing check or spring check valve?

                    swing checks.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Swing check or spring check valve?

                      Swing

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                      • #12
                        Re: Swing check or spring check valve?

                        What ever works best. Also what the supply house has available, they routinely run out of copper, copper fittings, hangers, ball valves, drainage fittings, you name it, they'll run short.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Swing check or spring check valve?

                          Thanks for the replies. I ordered spring check valves ( 1 1/2" ) but you guys are swaying me to order swing checks.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Swing check or spring check valve?

                            Originally posted by LThompson View Post
                            i install swing checks(horizontal only)

                            Indeed, you are wise beyond your years.
                            Time flies like an arrow.

                            Fruit flies like a banana.

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