If you look under the header "Info and Guides" on the Home Depot product listing page there is a PDF of the complete warranty for this product. It indicates that the term is one year.
No there has not been a recall. But Taco did recently make a design change which I can tell you about and is most likely the source of your question. Roughly a month ago Taco decided to add an "exercise function" too this product. Once a day the new version of the valve will close and then open again, thus exercising the valve. This improvement stems from water quality concerns in some areas of the country. For example I live in an area with great water quality. If my valve remains open for years I have no fear that it will close smoothly in the event it needs to. However my brother lives in the next town over and is on a well. His water tastes great but contains a high level of particulate. This material could potentially line the walls of his pipes and bind the valve open. To insure this does not happen he periodically trips the sensor so that the valve closes proving to him that the system is in working order. The new version does not require this maintenance. If you have one of these units and are concerned about its reliability you can certainly reach out to Taco directly at 401 942 8000
Sorry for the delay but these questions don;t always travel to us in real time. I have a couple of thoughts. But I would need more information to narrow them down. So I think you would be best served by way of a phone call. So please feel free to reach out. Chris 978 651 3301
That’s not really practical. With the water heater, the valve shuts off the cold water entering the water heater which shuts off the flow of hot water out. Thus shutting the cold and hot water with one valve. If you were to mount this near the washing machine it would cut of either the hot or the cold. So for complete protection you would need two systems; one for the hot and one for the cold. So I think a better choice would be one of the systems designed specifically for washing machines rather than trying to use a water heater system in an off label sort of way. Or one of the whole house leak detector shut offs that would shut the water main coming into the house. An example of that is the Moen 900-001 Flo. Personally I prefer simplicity. I install the time out system. It is spring loaded washing machine valve with a timer. When you do a load of laundry you open the valve by moving a lever. A little after the laundry is done the timer closes the valve. As a result the washing machine valve is normally in the closed position which eliminates most of the risk.
First let’s examine what is meant by, “dry contact”. In this situation they are referring a switch that is dry or unpowered. So it you went to Home Depot and purchased a light switch, it would have dry contacts until you hooked it up to power. Now you may ask, why would I want a device to include an unpowered switch? Because maybe there are other devices in your home that would want to communicate with this device. For example your alarm may have optional ports that you could hook to these dry contacts. So that when the device operates it will inform the alarm. Or maybe you want to have a light go on when the leaker breaker operates. If so you may use these dry contacts when using this device as part of a larger system. Moving on “NO” means normally open and “NC” means normally closed. Depending on which of these terminals you used you could either have the light turn on or turn off when the device operates. Dry contacts are typically an additional feature designed into a product to allow it to accomplish additional things. As they are unpowered if you choose not use them or have no need for them, you don’t have to do anything. I hope this helps. Chris 978 651 3301
I am sorry for the delay in getting back to you but I wanted to confirm my thoughts with Taco first. They feeling, like mine, is that you could. But they added that it would be a very good idea to test the system once complete before relying on it.
Yes there is a silence button on the front.
No, this equipment doesn't provide for a sensibility adjustment.
Yes, I don't see why not. Just install it on the whole house water feed. You would just need to wire the leak sensor.
Yes it should be able to be installed on most any water heater. Just need the correct sized plumbing fittings.