Heating upgrade three port valve

Postby richerdick » Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:23 pm

I too am currently doing a diy upgrade of my central heating at the same time as replacing a few blocked radiators.
My question concerns backfeed of the water in the boiler loop.

I have found a logical place to put the three port valve after the pump then i can divert water through the tank to the radtiators or both there is already a sort of t present as the hot water worked via gravity before .
my question is what prevents the return from the hot water tank backfeeding to the radiators and supplying them with hot water. the feed line has the valve in it to direct flow do i need something to control the flow through the return lines as they are all connected??
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Simply Build It

Postby plumbbob » Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:29 am

It can't back flow because the radiator circuit will be blocked at the other end by the 3PV so water cannot circulate. There is a small possibility of a gravity action making the nearest radiator slightly warm, but this is not usually significant.
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