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Phil, Mechanical Engineer
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Experience:  Retired HVAC/ Electrical & Boiler contractor. Industrial
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I have a MX 127 Series™ gh Capacity Mixing Valve that does

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I have a MX 127 Series™ High Capacity Mixing Valve that does not seem to be able to control the output temperature properly. Tank set at 150 and MX valve set at 110, but when water not used over night or any long period, valve out put temp rises to unsafe levels. have thermo trap on cold side, 15 in . Dan
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  Phil replied 1 year ago.

Hello, one of the things that will cause this problem is a mixing valve sized for a lot less than the total water flow resistance in the rest of the system. The technical term you might want to look up is Cv... the explanations are generally arcane and tough to get your head around.

But can give you an example... a gross exaggeration works well, what if I put a 20 inch cast iron mixing valve on a 1/4" copper line and attempted to control water flow with it... you can see that even a microscopic crack open of the valve would fully load the 1/4" tube. so that you would get ON/OFF control at best.

We have determined over the years that the valve seat in a mixing valve needs to be quite a bit smaller than the line size so as to introduce a pressure drop (friction loss) equal to the friction loss in the rest of the piping, controls and heat exchangers.

The odds are high that your mixing valve is too large for the job.

If you down size it, AND your water pump can handle the additional friction loss (that needs to be carefully looked into)... then you will have good control.

That said, assuming the valve port is sized correctly, there could be a range of other issues, but we should address this port size issue first.

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Study up on that a bit, get back to me, we can go from there if you wish.

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