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Old 08-07-2016, 14:03   #1
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Espar Hydronic expansion/overflow tank

I've got an Espar Hydronic 4 that is leaking coolant at the expansion/overflow tank. The fitting at the bottom of the tank appears to be the culprit (I believe it's just come loose, it's pretty clear that's where the leak is) and I can't find any other evidence of leaking at any point in the system.

I've had a couple people tell me that rather than replacing the existing tank with the same (or sealing the fitting if that's an option) that I should install a "proper" expansion tank.

I don't see much info on this particular tank being used as an expansion tank except as an overflow for a "proper" expansion tank.

What do you think? Is it reasonable to replace this tank with similar, try to seal the fitting, or do I need a metal tank with a pressure safe cap?

[Edit: The pictures aren't oriented correctly but the plastic tank is the tank in question and it's the plastic fitting at the bottom that's leaking at the tank, not the connection to the hose.]

Thanks, Brian
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Old 08-07-2016, 16:21   #2
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Re: Espar Hydronic expansion/overflow tank

I have a small aluminum tank in my system like this one: Polish Aluminum Coolant Overflow Expansion Water Tank Universal 8" x 5" x 4" | eBay

It works very well. I am thinking of adding a plastic coolant recovery tank as well. With my installation, it would make it easier to add and check the coolant level.

Here are some more details on my installation: I Took a Shower! | Two At Sea
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Re: Espar Hydronic expansion/overflow tank

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I have a small aluminum tank in my system like this one: Polish Aluminum Coolant Overflow Expansion Water Tank Universal 8" x 5" x 4" | eBay

It works very well. I am thinking of adding a plastic coolant recovery tank as well. With my installation, it would make it easier to add and check the coolant level.

Here are some more details on my installation: I Took a Shower! | Two At Sea
Thanks for the info - nice blog too!
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Re: Espar Hydronic expansion/overflow tank

From my experience, insulating the lines and fittings can make a big difference in fuel used.
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