Air Management and Pressurization Part 4: Expansion Tank Sizing

By Chad Edmonson

Properly sized expansion tanks (standard or bladder/diaphragm) are critical to a successful air management in a hydronic system.

Every expansion tank manufacturer has a written form that provides the steps and calculations for sizing an expansion tank.  Most, if not all, have developed software that does the work for you.  Bell & Gossett has a great one, ESP-Plus which can be downloaded here.  But regardless of whether you use software or charts and longhand calculations to size an expansion tank, there are a few pieces of information you’re going to have to have either way.  These key values are:

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