Biaggi’s Restorante Italiano

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Situation

Biaggi’s Ristorante in Deer Park, Illinois, found their inefficient 200-gallon tank could barely keep up with dishwashing demand and they would replace tanks every two or three years.

Solution

Gregg Bickus of Bickus Plumbing convinced the owners to replace their old system with four cascaded Navien NPE-240 units. The Bickus crew started about a half hour after the restaurant closed and had continuous hot water up and running by 10:30 the next morning.

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Benefits

Instant hot water supply: Unlike other tankless systems, the Navien NPE features a buffer tank and recirculating pump to provide an uninterrupted flow of hot water. This prevents a condition known as “cold water sandwich” which sends cold water before the heater reaches full temperature.

Greg commented, “We don’t have to add any pumps on any of the piping. So this saves money and adds value.”

Water conservation: Mark Brickey of Metropolitan Industries added, “The pump saves thousands of gallons of water a year. In some areas like the city of Chicago, their code says that you need water saving devices such as this pump. I’ve seen savings in excess of 12,000 gallons of water a year.”

Reliability: The four NPE units at Biaggi’s are linked together through cascading technology. Mark explained, “When a unit gets up to 80% capacity, then another one will come on to help meet the flow & demand required. They’ll both ride up to about 80% and then the third one will come on. It keeps the flow more even so that there aren’t any spikes or drops.”

Durability: Stainless dual steel heat exchangers, a Navien exclusive, last longer than other tankless heaters with aluminum or copper heat exchangers. Stainless resists corrosion from hard water and Navien NPE units don’t have to be cleaned as often other tankless heaters.

Faster, less expensive installation: One of the reasons Gregg’s crew could replace the old system so quickly is the ability to use 2″ PVC venting. Gregg said, “PVC is cheaper, available everywhere and all the plumbers use PVC fittings.” Since the NPE uses 2″ venting, PVC can be run in existing vent chases, saving many hours of installation time.

Project Details

Biaggi’s Ristorante in Deer Park, Illinois, found their inefficient 200-gallon tank could barely keep up with dishwashing demand and they would replace tanks every two or three years.