Misc: Navien NPE-240A Navilink App missing scheduling function
Just had a new tankless water heater installed in my house to replace a failing 22 year-old 50 gallon tank. Couldn't be happier w/ my new tankless, but was dealing with weirdness on the Navilink app to control/view my new Navien. The app's scheduling function (for the recirculation pump) was missing.
- Disconnect NR-20DU remote controller. (if you want to schedule via App)
- *DIP Switches need to be set properly as well.
In my case, w/ a bridge valve in my furthest faucet, is considered "External Recirculation".
Check w/ your plumber for proper settings, they set mine properly.
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Ask for Jonathan DeWeese.
For reference only, these were set correctly by my plumber for my setup.
- DIP Switch 1 Off, 2 On. (Internal Recirculation would be the opposite)
- Parameter 18 set to On (This is to enable Navilink)
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My understanding is that "External Recirculation" refers to the use of a bridge valve, typically installed in the furthest point from the water heater. Basically utilizing my cold water pipes as a poor man's hot water loop. "Internal Recirculation" is when a dedicated hot water loop is actually installed. That will be way more expensive to retrofit a house that does not have a dedicated hot water loop, so external recirculation is usually more common.
With regards to the Navilink schedule function, my plumber was just as confused as I was since this was one of the primary reasons I wanted the Navilink function. Long story short, installing the NR-20DU remote controller unit disables the apps remote scheduling capabilities. Simply disconnecting it enables the scheduling function in the Navilink app.
When thinking about it, it actually makes sense. You wouldn't want 2 devices dictating possibly conflicting schedules. Although documentation wise, it's almost as if you're led to believe that the remote controller is required for Navilink schedule function. So what is the difference between the two?
Quite simply, Navilink allows a more complex schedule. The NR-20DU controller only allows 3 schedules.
Next is to figure out how to have app enable the 'hot button'. Cursory glance appears to me that I need the hot button kit, but that appears to disable the scheduling function. This leads me to believe that the unit might be dumb in its status info to its controllers. Meaning if a 'schedule' is active, pressing/activating the hot button will turn that off. Seems like a split brain issue that Navien works around by simply disabling competing functions.
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[UPDATE: This post is pretty active w/ comments, so thank you. I'd like to help summarize findings from fellow Navien owners in the comments.
- Default recirculation schedule is every 30 minutes if a 9F degree drop is sensed.
- Recirculation is basically just keeping the hot water in the plumbing hot so you get hot water faster.
- Adding a "Hot button" overrides schedulers (navilink or NR-20DU).
- Disabling schedules simply disables "recirculation", the function that keeps hot water hot in the plumbing for 'instant hot water'.
- Hot water is still on-demand when in a 'off-schedule' mode, but may take longer for hot water to dispense because the plumbing is cold.