Monday, March 27, 2017

Our 2017 Training Schedule Is Out!

Plumbing, heating and HVAC are constantly evolving trades. As equipment becomes more sophisticated, education on latest and greatest developments becomes more important. Also, as new individuals enter the trades they need to learn the essentials so that they can become proficient, competent and profitable. This is why Emerson Swan offers training courses throughout the year on various subjects from the basics of hydronic piping to trouble shooting modulating-condensing boilers. Training courses are system oriented and primarily focused on the installing contractor, but there is always something to be gained for engineers, designers and wholesale distributors. We want to help you to understand how systems work so that you can do the job right the first time, maximize profits and reduce call backs from unsatisfied customers.

Upcoming Classes in 2017

All classes our held at Emerson Swan's office in Randolph, MA. Lunch will be served at all full day classes. To learn more about our courses and register to attend, please visit our website:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bring Compact To A New Level With The Lifebreath METRO Series

The new Lifebreath METRO Series offers superior performance and functionality in a small, compact size. The Series consists of 2 HRV’s and an ERV. It is ideally suited for high-rise condos, apartments and townhomes, fitting in bulkheads and drop down ceilings. Their small size makes for an easy installation in tight spaces.

The new Metro 120 ERV/HRV provides factory-set balancing suitable in most typical installation settings! A balance of +/-10% between supply and exhaust air flows is easily and automatically maintained for static pressures that differ by 0.2wc or less between an external static range of 0.3wc to 0.8wc.

The METRO Series has been designed with a removable motor and electronic panel for easy maintenance and repairs, plus a swing open ebox cover for quick access to circuit board and dip switches. Also available are optional white metal ceiling access panels in 3 sizes for easy servicing.

Our METRO HRVs (METRO 120F & METRO 120D) feature the patented aluminum HEX core, which carries a lifetime warranty, recirculating damper or fan defrost versions available, and offers multi-direction drain connections.

The METRO 120ERV offers a highly efficient fresh air ventilation solution that helps manage excess moisture and maximizes energy recovery during both heating and cooling seasons. The METRO 120 ERV also does not require a drain connection.

The METRO series is a complete line up to support any job and can be paired with many of our Lifebreath controls, wireless timer options and hoods, including our newly certified dual hood.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Magnetic Filter Installation: Prolonging Boiler and Component Life

By Jeff Waldman
Waldman Plumbing & Heating
12 Essex St. Lynn, MA 01902

Fernox TF1 Magnetic Filter

This is a photo of a Fernox TF1 magnetic filter 4 weeks after installation of a brand new Viessmann CU3A boiler with copper baseboard radiation. The streak marks on the filter body show the filter was leaking from being loaded with debris it had removed from the system.

Magnetic Filter Disassembled

This photo shows the magnetite, sludge and debris that adhered to the magnet inside the TF1 filter. This is only a small portion of what was removed from the system, the rest remained inside the filter body. This is only 4 weeks after a new boiler installation. This sludge was not new- it was existing from the old system inside all of the radiators and piping.


You can see the thickness of the magnetite and sludge here- the width of the magnet is visible at the bottom of the photo. Without this magnetic filter, this sludge and debris would stay in the system forever and wreak havoc on all of the boiler components-especially the ferrous components (piping, valves, circulators). This sludge is good job security for heating technicians- it ensures we will have to be back often to replace leaking components on the system.

Water Quality

This bucket shows the water and sludge that was removed from the filter body alone. Again, this is after only 4 weeks of a brand new system. Imagine what the water quality is like after 1, 2 or 5 years. The filter is easily cleaned and serviced. We also treated this water with a special cleaner and protectant after this visit to start off with clean water. The protectant will stop the water from getting to this point in the first place.

To learn more about Fernox products, please visit our website

Monday, March 6, 2017

Taco Introduces The LeakBreaker Water Heater Shut-Off

The Taco LeakBreaker (model #LB-075-H-1LF) is a water heater leak protection device that protects against flood damage from a leaking water heater. This resettable, testable protection device can easily be installed on any style water heater to shut-off the incoming water supply, preventing additional water flow to a damaged water heater.

The LeakBreaker consists of a control unit, valve with actuator, and sensor. And all components are prewired to simplify the installation process. It features an audible alarm with mute, 2-color LED status light, and will operate on batteries or power supply.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Metpar Powder Shield Partitions

Powder coated steel is popular for its economy and durability. The galvanneal steel provides strong adhesion for a durable smooth powder painted finish. This surface is three times more resistant to humidity and salt spray than solvent based painted finishes. It's easier to clean, and is available in many colors. System features emergency outside access to stall.

Construction features 1" thick doors and panels, 1-1/4" pilasters, constructed of two sheets of galvanneal steel, formed and cemented under pressure to a honeycomb core. All edges are finished with 20-gauge interlocking steel moldings. Corners are welded and finished with pre-formed stainless steel reinforcements. Doors feature steel reinforcements to secure hardware items, with "in-use" indicator latch. Rust inhibitive coated material is painted with multiple coats of epoxy-hybrid powder, applied electrostatically and baked until cured. Standard wall fittings are chrome-plated die-cast zamac.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Taco Introduces the 007e, the Successor to the 007

Taco Comfort Solutions has introduced the new 007e ECM high-efficiency circulator, offering the equivalent performance of the legendary 007 combined with high-efficiency ECM technology that uses up to 85% less electricity and requires no programming. The new 007e affirms Taco's commitment to ECM technology and their ongoing development of high-efficiency heating components.

The 007e also features the innovative BIO Barrier®, which protects the pump from contaminants, and the SureStart function, which automatically frees locked rotor conditions and self-purges air.

The 007e is ideally suited for hydronic systems zoned with circulators or zone valves. Additional features include dual electrical knock-outs, 6" stranded wire leads for easy wiring, Integral Flow Check (IFC®), and double insulation — no ground wire required. The nut-grabber feature on the flanges makes installation quick and easy. The optional two-way flange model provides universal fit to any flange position.

The 007e even alerts you to its status with convenient LED displays — orange for normal operation and white for SureStart mode. With Taco's new, 007e, hydronic installers can now enjoy high-efficiency ECM technology at a great value. Install it, forget it.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Merlin 1000S Laboratory Utility Controller

The Merlin 1000S Laboratory Utility Controller from American Gas Safety is designed specifically for use in School and University Laboratories. This panel is to be used to carry out a gas proving test on the pipe work in order to highlight if there is a gas appliance open or a gas leak in the laboratory. The Merlin 1000S is designed to give the teacher full control over the incoming gas supply with the lockable key-switch operation. In built connectivity allows for connection to existing fire alarm and building management systems and with its easy to use system status panel and labeled PCB the Merlin 1000S is easy to install and easy to operate.

The Merlin 1000S can work in conjunction with carbon dioxide, natural gas, carbon monoxide and LPG sensors. The Merlin 1000S also has a built in “timeout” facility which will automatically shut off the gas solenoid valve at the end of a specific time period, this time period can be adjusted to 2, 5, 8 hours or can be overridden if required.

  • Can work in conjunction with a Merlin CO2 Monitor.
  • Protects people and property by testing for leaks before allowing the gas on.
  • Reliable method of pressure proving using the gas pressure transducer.
  • Key switch operation gives teacher full control.
  • Quick proving test, typically 30 seconds from switch on to ready for use.
  • Time out facility protects the building out of hours
  • Low pressure indication, continual monitoring of gas pressure.
  • Clear LED display for system indications.
  • Compatible with both BMS and fire alarm systems.
  • Straightforward to install and calibrate, the Merlin 1000S can be easily adjusted to the user’s requirements.
  • Covered by American Gas Safety LLC 3 year warranty.

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