Where are thermostatic mixing valves required?
For combined heating hot water and domestic hot water systems, when the heating hot water system exceeds 140°F the IPC code requires a temperature actuated mixing valve conforming to ASSE 1017 to limit the domestic hot water temperature to a maximum of 140°F.
Are TMVs a legal requirement?
Regulations for installing TMVs As of 2010, Part G of the Building Regulations make it a legal requirement for new buildings to provide a “suitable installation for the provision of heated water” to: any sink within a sanitary environment.
Do I need a TMV?
In terms of existing laws on the practice, or rather, placing of thermostatic mixing valves, and current legislation dictates (Part G of the Building Regulations Act) that TMV technology must be fitted as standard procedure on baths in new build homes, yet there’s no equivalent regulation to cover existing properties.
What is the build regulation that TMVs come under for new build baths?
The Building Regulations amendment means water coming out of bath taps will be limited to 48°C by the use of a thermostatic mixing valve (TMV), which blends hot and cold water, or by another type of temperature control device.
How long should a thermostatic mixing valve last?
Your brass mixing valve should last a very, very long time-lifetime (if not damaged). Hard water is more likely to affect cartridge (if you have one) and wears it out earlier than in areas where water is not so hard. I just had to replace my cartridge after only 5 years.
Should I install a thermostatic mixing valve?
Fitting a suitable thermostatic valve at your water heater is a simple job that should be a top priority for you. Fitting a thermostatic mixing valve in the hot water line from your water heater will allow you to keep the water heater temperature up to 120 F or slightly above. By doing that, it will kill Legionella.
Where a thermostatic mixer valve TMV is installed for a bath and a shower What temperature is the water not allowed to exceed?
To prevent scalding, the temperature of hot water discharged from, or to, any bath or bidet should not exceed 48oC. Where hot and cold water are supplied to a fitting, this may be achieved by use of a thermostatic mixing valve (TMV) or fitting.
What happens when a mixing valve fails?
A defective mixing valve will allow a cross-over of hot and cold water, even though there are no visible signs of trouble or leak. A plumbing cross-over can cause a complaint such as ‘water not hot enough’.
Is a mixer tap a TMV?
While a mixer tap or shower will let you adjust the temperature of the water coming out of the tap, the TMV is directly responsible for the temperature of the hot water feed before it comes out the tap, regardless of whether it is a mixer or not.
How do you adjust a thermostatic mixing valve?
To adjust the temperature supply remove the plastic cap on top of the valve and adjust with a close fitting spanner. To increase the temperature turn anti-clockwise To decrease the temperature turn clockwise To set the valve to a maximum recommended mixed water temperature, see table below.
Can a thermostatic mixing valve go bad?
Older model hot water mixing valves age over time and can break down with usage. As a result they can begin to fail in correctly controlling water temperature.
How much does it cost to install a thermostatic mixing valve?
A plumber may charge $100-$200 to install it. In Part Two of this post, we take a look at the benefits of using a thermostatic mixing valve, and why turning the water temperature down is not the solution.
What should the thermostatic mixing valve be set at?
• A thermostatic mixing valve having multiple designations (ie it is capable of satisfying the requirement of this specification for more than one application) should be re-set on site to suit the needs of that environment. • The mixed water temperature must never exceed 46°C (or for TMV2: Building Regulations allow up to 48°C) at a terminal
When did Bath thermostatic mixing valves start in UK?
As of April 2010, amendments to Document G of The Building Regulations 2000 declared that all new-build homes across England and Wales are obliged to fit devices to baths to limit the temperature of the water to 48 degrees. The amendments have been brought in to protect household users, especially children, from the most serious scalding injuries.
What are the TMV regulations for mixing valves?
When it comes to thermostatic mixing valves, which can also be digital, there are factors to be aware of. You should be aware that TMV regulations vary slightly depending on where you are in the UK. But, in all parts of the UK, there are recommended maximum temperatures depending on the appliance, ranging from 38 to 48 degrees Celcius.
Is thermostatic mixing valve required in Northern Ireland?
Northern Ireland will also adopt the amendment, but at a slightly later date. The move comes three years after such devices – called thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) – became a requirement in new homes in Scotland.