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infloor plastic manifolds leaking (12 Posts)
infloor plastic manifolds leakingHi,
I am a homeowner and experienced leaks showing up as damage to woodwork, looked at my infloor (grey plastic) manifolds and saw them dripping. Its been over ten years since installation and now I have some damage and mold. Is there any recourse (my contractor, infloor or lawsuit) to get this fixed? Going to be very expensive, pleaded with infloor and their quote for parts is $1000!. Can't handle that right now ;(
Also don't want to give my money to infloor, what is a better (cheaper solution)?
attached pic of one of the leakers.
Cut it out.I did a couple of these about a year ago. Just cut them out and put in the manifold of your choice. Infloor made a bad product. Your contractor and others bought them. I do not know of any lawsuits.
water qualityBefore jumping the gun and replacing the manifolds outright I would get the water in the system checked out, I've found that fine sediment can weasel it's way through o-ring connections & cause leaks especially if you have glycol. Then disassemble the manifolds & check each connection, replace & re-grease o-rings if necessary.
Edit: I see they have crimp-connections instead of the usual compression o-ring deal on the floor circuits, that may make things a little nightmareish, especially since the manifolds are mounted so low.This post was edited by an admin on June 25, 2012 10:56 AM.
best bet is to cut open.....the walla bit lower and then go w. a couple of sioux chief manifolds.... it will be the cleanest way to go.
Thanks for the replies!I was told there are no replacement parts. I have the radionics guy coming out tomorrow. We shall see what he says.
Infloor passed the buck, said that they bought the infloor name and its Maxxon who designed/bought the bad manifolds:
920 Hamel Road
P.O. Box 253
Hamel, MN 55340
Phone: 1-800-356-7887 or (763) 478-9600
Anyone know what kind of warranty I should have expected with my system? What should I get with the new manifolds?
Thanks again, this forum is proving invaluable.
Maxxon manifoldsUsually these manifolds were attached to non-barrier pex. Make sure the piping has an oxygen barrier if you want the boiler (or any ferrous component, including iron pumps) to last.
That's the same...That's the same thing infloor told me.
You may want to look at manifolds that have flow meters and balancing valves. I am assuming the numbers written on the valves are the footage of your loops.300' is long for 3/8" tubing period. Things get a little strange when other loops are as short as 132' How does the system heat? Are the rooms heating evenly? With a big enough circulator it may be a moot point.
LEAKY INFLOOR MANIFOLDWe had similiar problems 6 years ago for our system..located part at CTI corp in Ridley PA...it is leaking again which we did not expect until ceramic floor tiles in hall starting popping up traced to leaky manifold into adjoining wall from heater room. We cannot locate the part now thanks for help and suggestions. We called our installer both times and were told that he was a distance from our home and would have to come in slower season. We never heard from him either time again.
any help on replacement part that works?Does anyone have a suggestion for a good replacement, ie, type - manufacturer - ?
We want to retain our separate zones
thanksThis post was edited by an admin on September 15, 2012 11:00 AM.
errorThis post was edited by an admin on September 15, 2012 10:59 AM.
Convert to PEXThe solution that we used was to use 3/8" poly to pex crimp fittings, my wholesaler was able to order them. The pex pieces were only 6"-8" long. From there we prefabbed a new manifold assembly. The one we used had balancing valves as I was unsure how consistent the lengths of the loops were. It turned out they did not require much balancing.