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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Northeast, Md.

    discharge bypass valve noisy.

    It is a 7ton split system constant volume air handler supplying to 8 VAV's. They have a VFD to control fan speed by static pressure. Obviously when VAV's are closed, and outside air is closed VFD ramps down to below 30hz. (50%). They are using a discharge bypass valve to control suction pressure due to this loss of airflow. When the hot gas bypass opens it does not regulate, but just rushes hot gas in at a noisy rate. almost like air brakes coming on in a tractor trailer. Then it hunts and keeps doing it over and over again.

    The system is equipped with the HGBE-8 pilot operated valve. I contacted sporlan, and they say the valve is too big. They say the HGBE 5 is what i need for a 7 ton application. I ordered it and will see if that works. I was just wondering if anyone has experienced this, and if someone could help me with sizing a HGBP valve that would be great! They are sized in capacity released and not tonnage of unit.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    East of big city prices.
    I assume you are having issues with this unit?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    most of the time in the Philippines

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Here's how you size a DBV (and it requires a lot of guesstimation):

    1- determine your lowest load condition. Let's say you've got a 10 ton application and you determine that your low (or minimum) load condition would be 4 tons.

    2- determine what your minimum suction pressure is going to be. For A/C applications it's typically the pressure equivalent to 26F.

    3- from the mfg equipment specifications determine the equipment capacity at your minimum suction pressure and expected discharge pressure. Let's assume that to be 9 tons.

    So, you have a piece of equipment operating at your minimum suction pressure condition rated at 9 tons, and the anticipated load at the minimum condition is 4 tons. You've got 5 tons of extra you need a DBV capable of bypassing 5 tons of discharge vapor.

    Typically, a DBV with a rating equivalent to 50% of the equipment rating will be sufficient.

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