1-1/4" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator Zoom

1-1/4" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator

SKU:VRTX125-3

Brand: Taco

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Specs

Size: 1-1/4"
Max Pressure (PSI): 150
Material: Cast Iron
Application: Heating
Max Temp (F): 240°F
Connection Type: Female Threaded

Description for Taco VRTX125-3

Taco VRTX125 VorTech Air Separator features 1-1/4" threaded inlets, cast iron body and is designed to provide an enhanced level of air removal in a large variety of hydronic, radiant heating, cooling or combination systems. Air is quickly and effectively separated and eliminated through a factory installed Taco 3?4” Hy-Vent.

Taco Vortech air separator is also designed with a 1/2" tapping at the bottom for an easy installation of an expansion tank.

Features:

  • Works Efficiently with both Low Velocity Water and High Velocity Water
  • Unique Bubble Breaker Cartridge
  • Replaceable High Capacity Hy-Vent
  • Enhanced Level of Air Removal
  • Convenient Expansion Tank Connection Tapping
  • No Minimum Run of Pipe Required
  • Vent can be Closed
  • Eliminates Air Induced System Noise

Specifications:
  • Media: Water or Water/Glycol
  • Recommended Velocity: 4 feet/sec
  • Maximum Velocity: 8 feet/sec
  • Cv = 21.4
  • Kv = 17.0

1-1/4" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator

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5.0

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        5.0

        Works great!

        By Cletrac

        from Granville, MA

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              Comments about 1-1/2" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator:

              I have a 1940's vintage radiant system in the ceiling of the first floor. I have never been able to get out all the air no matter how many "tin can" style bleeders I added until I installed this unit. Not a single sound from the system and the circulator is quieter than it has ever been. Should have done this years ago.

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              5.0

              Great Air Separator

              By AverageJoe

              from Buffalo, NY

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                    Comments about 1" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator:

                    Installed this unit with an expansion tank below. After purging all the zones, I fired up the system and could hear some air still left within the zones "whooshing" around the pipes/elements and while sitting there nex to the air seperator you could pin-point where the air was and hear it travel through each zone. Once the air got to the Taco Air Separator the hy-vent on top began to work, small "hiss" noises indicated that indeed it was removing the air from within the system. It took about 10min to fully remove all the air from two zones (1st floor and 2nd floor). Yes ALL the air was gone, no more noise, no more 'wooshing' or 'guggling' within the lines. The entire system was pretty noisy for years and after many, many purges I thought it was just as good as its gonna be. Not true, this Air Separator was the perfect solution! Great part, easy to install, easy to work with. Seems very strong/study and should last for years and years!
                    Very happy with purchase from Supplyhouse, during the order I found the same part for a buck less and they price matched it, great service from Supplyhouse!

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                    5.0

                    No More Banging!

                    By Rick K.

                    from Crystal Lake, IL.

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                          Comments about 1-1/4" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator:

                          We bought our house 4 years ago and it is the first time we had hot water heat. Every fall, winter and spring, we would know every time the heat kicked in by the banging in the system. An HVAC person bled the air in the system and that helped a little bit. After researching the Supply House web-site, I decided to buy this unit. What a pleasant surprise... no more banging pipes. Supply House was quick to process and ship the order so I could have it in time for winter. I will definitely do business with Supply House again.

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                          5.0

                          Seems to work well.

                          By Eric

                          from PA

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                                Comments about 1-1/4" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator:

                                I used this air separator on a new install, I filled my boiler and started circulating water and I could hear it releasing a lot of air very quickly. Fells and looks like it is built very well.

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                                5.0

                                Should have installed this one to start

                                By Tool man Tim

                                from Spokane, WA

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                                      Comments about 1" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator:

                                      I replaced my failed Bell $ Gossett air eliminator with this one and have been impressed with how well is functions. The B&G would leak water out of the vent and this one is dry as a bone. It quieted my hydronic heating system so much it is hard to tell it is working.

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                                      5.0

                                      I would buy this product again

                                      By Bob

                                      from Roanoke Va

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                                            Comments about 1-1/4" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator:

                                            Great product!!! My boiler has been noisy for several years due to air in the system. The heating system was bled many times without success. I have even talked to plumbers who could not resolve this problem. After installing this product the sytem has been completely quiet. I highly recommend this product.

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                                            5.0

                                            Simple

                                            By Ford guy

                                            from Bucks county Pa

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                                                  Comments about 1-1/4" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator:

                                                  Love the fact that there is no issues with length of pipe needed in between unit and circulator, for those of us who have limited space issues. Love that they come with the hy-vent installed, it is a extremely effective in removing unwanted air.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  oops I ordered the wrong item

                                                  By Boo

                                                  from Roanoke, VA

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                                                        Comments about 3/4" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator:

                                                        After receiving this unit I realized that my heating system needed the 1.25" unit and not the .75". I have installed the larger unit and it works great. I would highly recommend this unit for anyone having air problems in their heating system.

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                                                        5.0

                                                        well made

                                                        By Ben

                                                        from Ohio

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                                                              Comments about 3/4" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator:

                                                              The vortech air speparator effectively removes air from the hydronic system. The included taco hy-vent is made of heavy gauge brass, has a large valve, and can easily be disassembled for maintenance. When I first installed this unit and recharged the system, I could hear the valve hissing as it removed air. The spirotherm air eliminator may be a little better design, but this vortech unit does very well for the price, and it performs much better than a traditional air scoop.

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                                                              5.0

                                                              Excellent air eliminator

                                                              By Rocky

                                                              from Wesort ma.

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                                                                    Comments about 1" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator:

                                                                    If you're looking to remove all the air from a hydronic system this will do it excellent product

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                                                                    • 1-1/4" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator

                                                                      Q:

                                                                      The air valve on top of my air separator leaks. What is the difference between the 418 and the 419 Hy-vent? I have the old valve removed and can not find a model number on it. There is a big difference in price.
                                                                      Asked on 7/1/2012 by Terry from Kunkletown, PA

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                                                                        A:

                                                                        The 419 vents have higher pressure ratings than the 418 vents (maximum system pressure: 250psi vs 150psi; maximum venting pressure: 150psi vs. 50psi).

                                                                        Answered on 7/2/2012 by PexSupply Staff from NY
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                                                                      The set up I have is that the pump is on the return line and pushes the water into the boiler would the separator sill work fine on the suction side of the pump?
                                                                      Asked on 6/1/2012 by dj from St. Charles , MN

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                                                                        My separator is on the push side and past the boiler prior to the valve manifold. My regulated feed line is also post-boiler, pre-separator. The system is a closed system--for the most part. Given all this, the source of air in my system was caused by two things: 1. The source/purge line and 2. A joint in one of zones started leaking and air got in the line. For the source/purge line, not a problem as the separator was right after the input line. For #2, the air had to be pulled to the pump, pushed through the boiler, past the source line (BTW--air would go up into the source/purge line then) to the separator. I had considered putting another separator in prior to the pump because hydro-pumps tend not to like air. Boilers don't care for air either. So, I think it would work fine. You may have issues with air from the source/purge line if it is post pump/boiler.
                                                                        Just my opinion

                                                                        Answered on 6/1/2012 by Anonymous
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                                                                        yes

                                                                        Answered on 6/1/2012 by Anonymous
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                                                                        Yes, the vortech will still work just fine. I have used the same setup on
                                                                        several jobs, although "pumping away" from the boiler is usually preferred
                                                                        option in most cases, because this setup ADDS to the static pressure in the
                                                                        system, entraining the microbubbles in the water, which will eliminate most
                                                                        of the more common air problems in modern hydronic systems.

                                                                        Answered on 6/2/2012 by Anonymous
                                                                    • 1" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator

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                                                                      Do you need to install a blader type expansion tank to the bottom
                                                                      connection on the unit?
                                                                      Asked on 1/16/2012 by Anonymous

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                                                                        The air eliminator does not have to go directly on top of the expansion tank, but it is usually a good idea to install them close together at the "point of no pressure change."

                                                                        Answered on 1/16/2012 by PexSupply Staff from NY
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                                                                        No you don't have to. I used the plug that came with the air separator. Then I attached my expansion tank elsewhere in my system because I didn't have room beneath it.

                                                                        Answered on 3/17/2012 by Pex Novice from Hoffman MN
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                                                                        No the expansion tank can be in any pot in the system but you should install the water feed valve there

                                                                        Answered on 5/14/2012 by Rocky from Wesort ma.
                                                                    • 1" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator

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                                                                      hi

                                                                      I have a 008 taco pump and want to know if its ok to put the,, 1" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator after the pump ( don't have room before the pump)

                                                                      thank you
                                                                      Asked on 1/11/2012 by sshhmmuueell from ny

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                                                                        A:

                                                                        You really should place the air separator before the pump. There is a "point of no pressure change" just before the pump, and this is where the air separator functions optimally.

                                                                        Answered on 1/12/2012 by PexSupply Staff from NY
                                                                    • 3/4" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator

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                                                                      Hello, where would this exactly be placed in a heating pipe system (ie, near the boiler supply, or return)? I have four series-loop zones in my heating system. If I place this air separator right before the branches, will it be effectiving in removing air from all four zones?
                                                                      Asked on 11/18/2011 by Amado from Bergenfield, NJ

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                                                                        Normally the air eliminator should be placed on the supply side between the boiler and the circulator.

                                                                        Answered on 11/18/2011 by PexSupply Staff from NY
                                                                    • 3/4" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator

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                                                                      Hi would you recommend using this with 1 inch pex?
                                                                      Asked on 5/19/2011 by Anonymous

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                                                                        According to the manufacturer, the PEX tubing may not be able to support the weight of the VRTX unit. If the 1" PEX is T'd into a common header pipe, then you should be fine as long as the VRTX is installed on the header piping.

                                                                        Answered on 5/20/2011 by PexSupply Staff from NY
                                                                    • 3/4" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator

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                                                                      are you able to use this for radiant tubing loop?
                                                                      Asked on 3/14/2011 by Anonymous

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                                                                        Yes, you can.

                                                                        Answered on 3/15/2011 by PexSupply Staff from NY
                                                                    • 2" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator

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                                                                      Is the vent replacable? I have one that leaks.
                                                                      Asked on 2/2/2011 by Bruce the old guy from Rochester,NY

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                                                                    • 1" Cast Iron Vortech Air Separator

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                                                                      The instructions are not clear on what to do with the stainless vent cap on top of the separator? Do I leave it fully open, partially open or closed?
                                                                      Asked on 12/17/2010 by Tom from Kansas

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                                                                        A:

                                                                        You should leave the cap slightly open so the unit can remove any air.

                                                                        Answered on 12/17/2010 by PexSupply Staff from NY
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                                                                        leave it partially open to remove air

                                                                        Answered on 1/8/2012 by rocky from westport ma.
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