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Governor Raimondo Visits Aquamotion

Innovation is a work of art at AquaMotion

ON TOUR: Governor Gina Raimondo, AquaMotion president Hans Kuster and Mayor Scott Avedisian enjoyed a tour through the AquaMotion facility on Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick on Tuesday afternoon.

Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2018 12:34 pm

By Ethan Hartley

Governor Gina Raimondo, along with Mayor Scott Avedisian and Ward 8 Councilman Joseph Gallucci, got a firsthand glimpse into award-winning engineering innovation on Tuesday afternoon as they paid a visit to AquaMotion on Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick.

AquaMotion specializes in manufacturing cutting-edge hot water pump systems that are energy efficient, recyclable and have a guaranteed life expectancy of 10 years, with many units lasting as long as 20 years.

The company recently won most innovative plumbing product at the most recent International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) for its newest pump, the Aqua-Flash Recirculation System, which was also just awarded an international patent.

For AquaMotion president Hans Kuster, the impetus to design the recirculation pump was a common problem that many can relate to.

“How long do you wait for hot water?” he asked Raimondo with a smile. “Thirty seconds, a minute, more?”

The question was hypothetical, but the point Kuster was driving towards was that, annually, a family of five can waste upwards of 15,000 gallons of water waiting for cold water to vacate from pipes before the heated water can cycle and come out of the faucets. Using the technology created and assembled right here in Warwick, users of Aqua-Flash get hot water almost instantly through a complex system of valves.

Additionally, the circulator can be installed in systems that don’t utilize a water tank, which Kuster estimated is now the case in about 50 percent of the country and about 95 percent of water-scarce states like California and Arizona.

The circulator can be installed in 10 minutes under the sink with nothing but a wrench. All of the working components are contained within an enclosed chassis that can be disassembled, cleaned and reinstalled if it becomes clogged up by hard water deposits, such as calcium.

The system also utilizes stainless steel and brass, so it has a much longer guaranteed lifespan than competitor products, many of which use plastic that can easily break or be cracked by cross-threading, leading to failures in the pump.

Perfecting the technology took three years, Kuster said, but all that time has resulted in creating a product that none of his competitors can replicate.

“So many people today put something together and then find out later it doesn’t really work,” Kuster said. “It looks so simple but so many little aspects that have to be done and tested to get this right. It took us different tries with different elements with different characteristics to get it right…I got the biggest guys chasing me on this one.”

Kuster previously built another similar company from the ground up, Sparco Inc., in 1983. He eventually sold that company to one of those aforementioned “big guys” Honeywell in 2000 following a health scare. Not finished, Kuster started AquaMotion in 2002 and opened the facility in Warwick in 2013.

As of today, according to their website, you can find a supplier of AquaMotion products as far north as Nunavut, Canada and in every U.S. state except Alabama, including Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This is all accomplished with about 15 to 20 employees, all of which Kuster has hired locally, to the delight of the mayor and the governor, who got total access to the entire facility – seeing each individual process of making the pumps, all the way through quality control and testing.

“It’s a great company,” Raimondo said. “It’s built on innovation and they’re hiring all local people; good manufacturing jobs. There’s a certain pride in your job if you spend your day making things. You can see it in talking to all the guys who are making the pumps.”

Raimondo said that her continuing goal is to remove certain regulations to make it easier for manufacturers to operate in the state and establish educational programs to supply small business manufacturers with a ready supply of work-ready talent. She said that some of those programs are already bearing fruit for manufacturers.

“They seem to be hiring as many as we produce,” she said.

Kuster shows no signs of slowing down the Warwick-based operation. He intends to continue growing the business, as was apparent by the warehouse portion of the facility being stocked to the ceiling with product.

It was also apparent there was no shortage of ideas or creative energy flowing through him at any given moment.

“When there’s a little down time around here, I paint,” he said, again with a big smile. At once, the large, artfully detailed paintings around the upstairs conference room and office area – some of scenic buffalo grazing, others of picturesque landscapes – took on a new life. “I painted all these.”

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Hans Kuster Interviewed in PHCPpros “Product Innovation: Simply the Best”

AqauMotion’s Aqua-Flash™ is recognized as “most innovative plumbing product”.

Read the Article Here

 

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Hans Kuster Interviewed in Plumbing Engineering: “Simply the Best”

AquaMotion’s Aqua-Flash™ is recognized as “most innovative plumbing product”.

Read the Article Here

 

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Santa Visits AquaMotion

Santa approves of AquaMotion pumps and here is the picture to prove it!

Happy Holidays!! 

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Custom Branding for Your Pumps

Get Free Branding

In an effort to help you increase YOUR COMPANY’S Brand Awareness, AquaMotion also offers…

Private Labeling of our pumps at NO-CHARGE! We will Brand-Name orders of 6 or more pumps with Your Company’s logo and contact information.

  • Custom Painting of our pumps to match Your Company colors!  Custom Painting is also offered by AquaMotion at NO-CHARGE for 48 piece minimums. Please contact factory for available colors.            (401-785-3000 or info@AquaMotionHVAC.com).

 

  • Or Combine Private Labeling & Custom Painting for Maximum Branding Impact!

  • Our philosophy is: “Provide the Highest Level of Customer Service, Product Quality and US manufacturing”! We work closely with our customers to increase their Brand Awareness and provide immediate technical support. Our circulators offer the Best Performance, Energy Efficiency and are more competitively priced. Our pumps are built and tested 100% at our Warwick plant. They are covered by 8 Patents!

 

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News Alert! AquaMotion introduces the NEW Aqua-Flash™

AquaMotion introduces the NEW Aqua-Flash™ (Patent pending) Recirculation product group. This all bronze recirculation By-pass valve installs under the sink in minutes. It does not require electricity or batteries. The pump with built-in timer installs on top of the Water heater.

This system delivers instant Hot Water Comfort, prevents the waste of energy loaded tempered water down the drain and saves the home owner on utility bills.

This product line is an AquaMotion design, built and tested in the Warwick, RI / USA facility. It is UL and NSF listed. The pumps are covered by 3 US and Canadian Patents.

Learn more about all our Recirculation Products here.

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PROMOTION: Contact us for our Latest Promotions

We have current promotions for wholesalers and contractors, please contact factory for details. CONTACT

 

 

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Our Products

Our product line includes single speed, three speed PSC (Permanent Split Capacitor) and variable speed ECM (Electronically Commutated) pumps in cast iron and stainless steel and instant hot water recirculation systems.

Our product line is assembled and tested 100% in our Warwick, RI, USA plant and is covered by seven US patents and two Canadian. All pumps are UL, ULC, or ETL and NSF listed and covered by a 3-year limited warranty. AquaMotion products are sold through Heating and Plumbing Wholesalers Worldwide.

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Super Efficient, Dependable with a Green ECO-Cartridge™

AquaMotion’s innovative design created a pump line with the lowest power consumption. This is based on actual amp draw comparisons with published Underwriters Laboratories data of comparable PSC motor or ECM pumps on the market. The PSC design features the only field replaceable and field flushable Green ECO-CARTRIDGE™. This cartridge is the heart of every circulator and contains all moving parts. The design allows for replacement of the cartridge or by pulling it apart and flushing it and reinstalling it. This is a tremendous advantage in areas of hard water. The design prevents black iron oxide and contaminants from entering into the cartridge. The flushable cartridge extends the life of the pumps and makes them a sustainable product that can double its operating life.

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Our History

About AquaMotion

Hans Kuster, President AquaMotion

AquaMotion was created with the vision of designing the most energy efficient, high performance, sustainable circulator line on the market with more benefits and features to meet and exceed customer demands and to compete with the world and US market leaders.

AquaMotion was incorporated in 2002 by Hans Kuster. The Company developed the revolutionary Green ECO-Cartridge™ design which is the heart of every circulator and contains all moving parts. It has the only field replaceable and field serviceable cartridge on the market. Competitive manufacturers have to replace their entire cartridge or pump, increasing the foot print on the environment and doubling the cost to the consumer.  The cartridge design and long life bearings are patented. The design also prevents black iron oxide and contaminants from entering into the cartridge. This PSC pump line offers the lowest power consumption of any PSC motor and the lowest power consumption of any ECM pump.

How did we do it? With the help of the most experienced engineers in the water lubricated pump field. Benno Lebkuchner, formerly Senior VP of Engineering at the market leader in wet rotor circulators joined him at Sparco and then at AquaMotion. Benno and Hans, using their lifetime experience in the hydronic industry began designing the most reliable and energy efficient PSC circulator line.

Michael McNamara joined AquaMotion in 2013 as Director of Engineering. McNamara previously worked as Director of Engineering at Grundfos, Pentair and as VP of Engineering at Taco. McNamara brings experience from these top industry companies.  At AquaMotion he designed many new products, ECM, electronically controlled motor circulators and hot water recirculation valves and systems which keep AquaMotion in front as technology leader in pumps and hot water recirculation systems, including the first outdoor hydronic pump system for tank-less heaters.

Hans Kuster previously was Senior VP at the US market leader in circulators for 21 years. He founded Sparco Inc. of Warwick RI, in 1983, Sparco developed 18 U.S and foreign patents for their products. Sparco became a leading manufacturer of hydronic heating and energy products. They included radiant manifolds, zone valves and the AquaMix proportional water mixing valves. Sparco brand-named his products for the world leader in radiant floor heating, Wirsbo/Uponor, Zurn, Kohler and Grundfos. Hans sold Sparco to Honeywell International in 2000.

Enterprise Activity

  • AquaMotion manufactures in the USA a line of circulators and pumps for the residential and commercial heating and plumbing market, hot water recirculation systems to save the homeowner money on electricity, provide instant hot water comfort and prevent the waste of water down the drain while waiting for hot water.
  • AquaMotion pumps use less energy than competitors based on actual amp draw comparisons with published Underwriters Laboratories data. The entire pump line is covered by 7 US Patents & 2 Canadian Patents granted. All pumps are UL, ULC, or ETL and NSF listed.
  • The pumps feature the only replaceable and flushable cartridge which extends the life of the pumps and makes them a sustainable “GREEN” product. In case of calcium build up in hard water areas, pump cartridge pulls apart for flushing and reinstallation.
  • The product line offers single speed, three speed and variable speed pumps.  Pumps are available in cast iron and stainless. All pumps are 100% tested at the Warwick Rhode Island plant.
  • As Innovation Leader in Hot Water Recirculation, AquaMotion offers a complete line of hot water recirculation kits for every type of installation for tanks and tank-less systems. AquaMotion won AHR awards in 2015 and the WINNER AWARD
    for the MOST INNOVATIVE PLUMBING PRODUCT IN 2018.
  • AquaMotion received UL listing for the first patent pending outdoor pump for tank-less heater systems.
  • Other products are replacement cartridges, shut off flanges, regular flanges in bronze, cast iron and stainless and a pressure booster kit to increase domestic water pressure in homes and businesses.
  • AquaMotion competes with superior designs against the world market leaders with energy efficient, competitively priced products.
    AquaMotion products are sold through a network of Manufacturers Representatives to the finest Heating and Plumbing Wholesalers Worldwide.
  • AquaMotion brand-names some of their products for leading industry companies.

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Warwick Mayor Visits AquaMotion, Encourages Economic Development

DSC05839Warwick Mayor Visits AquaMotion, Encourages Economic Development Opportunity

Read the article here: http://warwickonline.com/stories/mayor-in-the-flow-during-tour-of-aquamotion,107362

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NEWS: The History of Water Lubricated Circulators in North America since the 1950s. Hans Kuster In Plumbing Engineer News

Plumbing Engineer Article on the History of the Wet Rotor Pump Design article-page1

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PHC News Covers Aquamotion: Q&A with AquaMotion’s Hans Kuster

hansRead the Q&A with AquaMotion’s Hans Kuster in his PHC News article about AquaMotion’s new and future products.

Download the complete article here.

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AquaMotion, Inc. Hosts Contractor Training and Installer Certification Seminar

classroomA training and certification seminar for contractors focused around our Hot Water recirculation systems was held on June 17 at the NYLO hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island. The seminar included the benefits and features of the entire AquaMotion product line, pump sizing and selection, along with a step by step installation of the AquaMotion Hot recirculation systems. Graduates became certified AquaMotion installers. Future seminars will be advertised.

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The AquaMotionHot On-Call™ Recirculation System

hot3The AquaMotionHot On-Call™ recirculation system delivers user controlled hot water when you want it. The On-Call system allows homeowners to choose between a wireless control button, an air-powered button that meets code for through counter installation, and a motion sensor to deliver hot water to their point of use. These user controlled features allows homeowners to save up to 15,000 gallons a year in wasted water with operating costs as low as $2.00 – $3.00 annually.

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AquaMotionSMART™ Einstein Series ECM Circulators

Einstein-withETLAquaMotion Inc. announces the new AquaMotionSMART™ Einstein Series ECM circulators. Advanced variable speed technology adapts to system demand to maximize performance and efficiency. The Einstein offers high performance while maintaining the lowest power usage of any ECM on the market. Featuring easy single button speed control with LED speed and Watt display and unique automatic night-setback feature that saves money while you sleep. All models come with AquaMotion’s 4-bolt universal flange design to save on inventory. Einstein replaces competitive model E series, green/black plastic pumps imported from Italy with our superior all stainless internal design.

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Aquamotion Announces AquaMotionHot TWO Recirculation System

hot1-dedicatedThe AquaMotionHot Two recirculation system delivers the comfort of instant, or user controlled, hot water with eco-friendly energy savings. Hot Two is installed at the water tank in systems that have a dedicated return line, allowing hot water recirculation without crossing over to the cold water line. The system works automatically by sensing water temperature and only running when necessary, saving up to of 15,000 gallons of water a year, while using less than $5 dollars a year in operating costs.

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Aquamotion Announces AquaMotionHot One Recirculation System

hot1installedThe AquaMotionHot One recirculation system delivers instant hot water, saves up to 15,000 gallons of water from being dumped into the sewer per family of 5, saves BTU’s and costs only a few dollars in annual operating expense.  The AMH1K-1, AMH3K-7 & AMH3K-R install under the sink furthest from the heat source. The built-in aquastat and switch allow the pump to run only when need to supply hot water.

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Cartridges and Flanges

Revolutionary Replacement Pump Cartridge

There is tremendous waste going on in our industry!

Perfectly good pumps that stop working because of calcium build up or dirt in the system end up in the land fill.

cartridge-expandedThere is a better solution for this problem.  AquaMotion invented a revolutionary Green ECO Cartridge™.  The cartridge, which is the heart of the pump, can be pulled out of the stator, taken apart and flushed to remove calcium deposits or dirt.  This cartridge can then be reinstalled to extend the life of the pump for many more years.  This saves the contractor and homeowner substantial money and does not increase the footprint on the environment.  A new stainless pump costs several hundred dollars.  The cartridge costs the homeowner or service company $50-$60.

This is what we call sustainable.  Instead of filling the land fill, we recycle.

Only AquaMotion PSC pumps have this patented invention built in.  The strong, single piece, patented carbon infused bearings in the cartridge provide longer life and ultra-quiet service.

All AquaMotion Replacement Cartridges are interchangeable with Cast Iron and Stainless Steel Pumps. 

CT03, for the AM3 circulator

CT56, for the AM5 and AM6 circulators

CT07, fits the AM7 circulator and the Taco 007 circulators. The CT07 replaces the Taco part RP007-042RP and 007-042 at 20-40% lower cost.

CT10, fits the AM10 3 speed circulator

CTR, fits the AMR 3 speed circulator

Stainless, Bronze and Cast Iron Companion Flanges

Better Prices, Better Quality

  • Includes 2 square gaskets for best seal with AquaMotion® and Taco® pumps
  • For all other manufacturer’s pumps, use this kit with recommended gaskets
  • Cast iron flanges have Octagon Action-Grip™ for quick non-slip installation with adjustable wrench.
  • All kits include 2 flanges, 2 gaskets, 4 screws, 4 bolts (TWO Flanges per unit)

 

*Flanges have female threads except for FK75S-M* which has a male thread

Isolation (Shut-off) Flanges

  • Forged brass body full port for water application
  • 600 PSI Non-Shock WOG
  • Packing gland and O-ring on stem for a reliable seal
  • Heavy duty rust resistant handle with grip
  • Solder ends comply with ANSI B16.18
  • Thread ends comply with ANSI B1.20.1
  • -20ºC to 65ºC (-4ºF to 149ºF). temperature range
  • Allows draining of the non-pressure side of the valve when closed

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Aqua-Max™ Boost

Boost domestic water pressure by 30 psi to all fixtures and sprinkler heads.

Aqua-Max™ APB30 boosts domestic water pressure in residential homes by 30 psi to all fixtures and sprinkler heads. Use it where the city/ town/ well water delivers insufficient pressure. Automatically Starts when water is drawn & stops when demand ends, No Short Cycling increases pressure after water demands ends, Simple Installation plumbs into incoming water line & plugs into 115V wall fixture, Compact Design easy installation.

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Recirculation Systems

Install an AquaMotionHot™ Hot Water Recirculation System!

Enjoy the COMFORT of INSTANT HOT WATER, WATER and ENERGY SAVINGS. Works on tank and tankless systems.

PATENTED: US 9,863,647 B1, D 834,145 S & 10,612,793

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THE PROBLEM: How long do you wait for hot water arrives in the shower? 30 Seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes? While you wait, a family of 5 wastes approx.15000 gallons of tempered water down the drain and pays for that water plus sewage fees.

THE SOLUTION: AquaMotion has the SOLUTION for every possible installation in homes, condos, multi-family, mansions, businesses, restaurants and factories. Our products offer the simplest, uncomplicated, most cost-effective solutions for any type of installation. Our prices are more competitive and our products are patented and built in the USA.

THE BENEFITS: By providing instant hot water there’s no more waiting for hot water. Prevents the dumping of energy loaded warm water down the drain reducing sewage fees as well as the water bill. Meets building codes for water saving and helps to alleviate water shortages. All our products are GREEN and are friendly to the environment.


SAVE UP TO 15,000 GALLONS OF WATER PER YEAR!*

SAVE ON WATER & SEWER BILLS!

ENJOY INSTANT HOT WATER AT EVERY FIXTURE IN YOUR HOME!

Heat Source

We recommend different models for tank and tankless systems based on the requirements of the tankless heater operating needs or the length and size of pipe runs.

Call us for help with installation questions. 401 785 3000

Check out our Recirculation Selection Charts Here: 

Recirculation Selection Chart

Aqua-Shield™ for Outdoor Tankless Recirculation Selection Chart

Mode of Operation

AquaMotionHot™ One and AquaMotionHot™ Two are fully automatic systems that are controlled by built-in sensors and switches. When water at the faucet cools down, the sensor turns on the pump and shuts it off when hot water arrives. Pump runs, depending on the length and size of the pipe, three to four times an hour for one or two minutes to maintain instant hot water at the faucet.

Separate plug-in timers or built-in timers on the pumps are available to limit the operating time to save energy when hot water is not needed.

Operating Cost

AquaMotion offers the most energy efficient circulators. Annual electricity cost to operate the pump are minimal, from $2.00 per year to approx. $8.00 for the largest system.

Type of installation and Model Selection

Homes built before 1980 and many later homes use a single pipe (one pipe or point of use) system to deliver hot water to the sinks and showers. The water in the pipe turns cold when no one uses hot water. For this type of application, use any of our AquaMotionHOT™ One Kits. They are installed under the sink furthest from the heat source.

Homes that have a dedicated return line, (2 pipe) systems where a pipe goes from the furthest sink from the heat source back to the hot water tank or boiler or tank-less heater. Use an AquaMotionHOT™ Two kit.

AquaMotionHot™ On-Demand

All systems can be made ON DEMAND Systems to meet certain codes or preferences by adding ON DEMAND buttons and wireless receivers or motion sensors with receiver kits.

California and some other States require an operator controlled system where the user presses a CALL button to turn on the pump. Motion sensor are another method used to start the pump. AquaMotion offers both these solutions with our ON DEMAND Systems. Up to 5 wireless buttons or 5 motion sensors or mixed 5 can be programmed into one receiver.

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ECM Circulators

Aquamotion SMART™ Variable Speed ECM Pumps

Lowest Power Consumption

AquaMotionSMART systems operate at 10-33% less power consumption than the leading competitors. Lowest energy consumption means greater savings on energy costs. The Einstein’s unique Night Set Back feature automatically lowers its output at night to conserve energy.

Advanced Technology

These pumps represent the latest innovation in electronically commutated motors (ECM circulator technology). They use a permanent magnet motor design and variable speed technology to adapt automatically to system demand. Infinitely variable speeds means optimized system performance while drawing the least amount of energy possible.

High Efficiency

Lower power consumption than competitor’s results in lower operating cost. The unique night set back feature automatically lowers its output at night to conserve more energy.

Ease of Operation

Easy single button speed control with LED speed and Watt draw display. Automatic night set back feature saves money while you sleep. Line cord with cord connector for boiler control included.

Innovative Cartridge Design

Replaceable cartridge extends the life of the pump for a fraction of the cost of a new pump. It promotes sustainability in a green environment.

Super Quiet Operation

US Built and Tested

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Stainless Steel Circulators

Stainless Steel Circulators

AquaMotion stainless steel circulators are rugged wet motor cartridge circulators for open loop domestic, solar, hot water recirculation and potable water systems. The wet motor design allows super quiet, single stage, in-line, and maintenance-free performance.AMR-S3F1

Features

  • Easy to install and service
  • Covers the entire Performance Range with the fewest number of circulators
  • Super quiet operation, compact size, self venting
  • Optional BICV Built-In Check Valve prevents thermo siphoning and back flow
  • Maintenance free and field serviceable cartridge
  • UL and ULC for Canada listed
  • Compliance with California and Vermont standards for lead free bronze
  • Industry leading three year warranty
  • Rugged single and three speed models with low Amp draw
  • NSF/ANSI 372 listed

AquaMotion’s Stainless Steel Circulators has been designed for Residential and commercial systems such as:

  • Indirect domestic water systems
  • Domestic re-circulating systems
  • Open heating systems (Wood boilers)
  • Water transfer
  • Water filtration
  • Water Source heat pumps
  • Solar heating applications
  • Call factory for more information

All stainless PSC pumps are covered by 7 US and 2 Canadian Patents for their unique replaceable and flushable cartridge design and the patented long life bearing designs.

All pumps are available with a 10ft line cord. Add “L” to the end of the product number for the line cord version. 
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Cast Iron Circulators

Cast Iron Circulators

AquaMotion cast iron circulators are rugged wet motor cartridge type circulators designed for closed loop hydronic heating systems, radiant heating, and indirect water heating applications. The wet motor design allows super quiet, single stage, in-line, and maintenance-free performance.

Features

  • Easy to install and service
  • Covers the entire Performance Range with the fewest number of circulators
  • Super quiet operation, compact size, self venting
  • Optional BICV, Built-In Check Valve prevents thermo siphoning and back flow
  • Maintenance free and field serviceable cartridge
  • UL and ULC for Canada listed
  • Compliance with California and Vermont standards for lead free bronze
  • Industry leading three year warranty
  • Rugged single and three speed models with lowest Amp draw

AquaMotion’s Cast Iron Circulators has been designed for Residential and commercial systems such as:

  • Hydronic heating systems (Hot water heating)
  • Radiant floor and panel heating
  • Heat recovery systems
  • Chilled water cooling systems
  • Water Source Heat pump systems
  • Solar heating applications
  • Contact factory for more applications

All cast iron and stainless PSC pumps are covered by 7 US and 2 Canadian Patents for their unique replaceable and flushable cartridge design and the patented long life bearing design.

All pumps are available with a line cord. Add “L” to the end of the product number for the line cord version. 

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