Replacement Power Head for Taco 556-G2/G3, 557-G2/G3 and 5101-G2/G3 Geothermal Valves
Taco 555-173RP is a Replacement power head for Taco Geothermal Series zone valves.
Taco 555-173RP is specially designed for high head, open system zone control. The unique end switch design permits control of the heat pump by the valve allowing movement of cold water into the coil before the heat pump starts. Reliable built-in Heat Motor, wax filled element and microprocessor-based actuator tab provide unmatched flow control and improve comfort and energy efficiency. Taco 555-173RP boasts both quiet and dependable operation. Manual open lever with twist-off head makes installation easy.
Warranty:3 Year Head Warranty
Replacement Power Head for Taco 556-G2/G3, 557-G2/G3 and 5101-G2/G3 Geothermal Valves has an average 5 rating out of based on 7 user reviews.
It works, but not for long.
I just ordered my 6th power head. They last about 5 months.
A POS valve
These go bad for me about every 6 months. I have two units - so I am ordering 4 a year right now. Does anyone make a better valve? These suck!
Too expensive and does not last
This power head contains wax to slow down the value when closing to prevent pipe knocking but the value goes bad (freezes up) after 1 to 1 1/2 years of use and the geothermal system uses 2 of these. So I'm shelling out $70+ to $140+ every year or two.
Always keep a spare.
Have replaced the head at least once per year for the 6 years on my heat pump. Valve works when the head works, but quits all at once. Wish there were an alternative.
Longevity of Taco geo thermal valves
Commercial hvac supervisor: Have a geo thermal heat pump open loop system at house. These valves prevent freezing water coils and protect compressor. They "prove" water flow so that a compressor does not start before water flow is "proven or established". They ALSO prevent hammer or pipe slam by opening and closing SLOWLY. Even if you have a two stage copeland compressor with 66% / 100% capacity, never remove this valve from stage one. Tips: These valves can collect fine sand or crud around the stem when installed in the horizontal position. When they do, the valve no longer closes completely. Not good. Taco says they can be installed in the vertical position and when you do, fine sand, dirt, crud will fall harmlessly down (we are talking of flow going from the top falling down, gravity, right?) I use a Whirlpool whole house water filter WITHOUT filter cartridge which catches sand but causes NO restriction to water flow.
I have this unit on my Geo Thermal Unit. It works great.
Works fine but it doesn't last
We use this in our 'pump 'n dump' geothermal heat pump system. I just ordered our third one. First one lasted 3 years, second one lasted 4 years. They work well, but they should certainly last longer. If there is an alternative brand it might be worth checking. But Pex has a great deal on this one. Hopefully third time is a charm!