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    Cool Rudd #5 Multi-fin Continuous Flow Heater

    I ran into this unit in a church that was built in 1977. I have no clue on how to properly inspect this thing. Anybody have any ideas!!!!.

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    Default Re: Rudd #5 Multi-fin Continuous Flow Heater

    Is it a hydronic system or a geothermal heat pump?

    I have never seen a setup like that.

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    Default Re: Rudd #5 Multi-fin Continuous Flow Heater

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Patterson View Post
    Is it a hydronic system or a geothermal heat pump?

    I have never seen a setup like that.
    It is a water heater of some kind . I recommend an evalution. But I needto know as much as i can for the next time. I can not find any thing on the internet about it


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    Default Re: Rudd #5 Multi-fin Continuous Flow Heater

    Looks like a pool heater (sort of).
    Did they have a baptistry?

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    Default Re: Rudd #5 Multi-fin Continuous Flow Heater

    That labeling looks much older than something in 77. Looks like the model number starts out with 57- or 67-.

    Maybe the church had been remodeled or the equipment maybe removed and used from a different facility.

    Churches are difficult to inspect due to additions being made over the years and some of the work is done by the church members who are not professional trades people to save money.

    The mechanical room at the church we used to be members of looked like something out of Nightmare on Elm Street. Kept looking for that Freddy guy to come out behind something.

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    Default Re: Rudd #5 Multi-fin Continuous Flow Heater

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Luttrall View Post
    Looks like a pool heater (sort of).
    Did they have a baptistry?
    My thoughts too.

    It states 2.80 gal per min at 100 degree rise. That would indicate that the continuous flowing water could be heated at that rate.

    Take 500 gallons of water setting there unheated, at maybe 75 degrees, means you could heat that 500 gallons of water to 175 degrees in 3 hours.

    Not knowing if that heating rise is linear, but presuming it might be, you could heat that 500 gallons of water to 125 degrees in 90 minutes.

    Taking it a step further, again, linearly, you could heat that 500 gallons to 100 degrees in 45 minutes. No reason to even heat that water to 100 degrees, so you might expect heating that to 90 degrees might take about 25 minutes or so. Again, thinking linearly and not knowing if it will heat linearly.

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