Hot Water Takes a Long Time
Waiting for hot water to arrive at your shower or faucet has become commonplace. This not only wastes water but is also inconvenient and annoying.
Luckily, there is a simple fix.
Before we go over the solution, let’s understand why your hot water takes a long time to reach taps.
The primary reason your hot water is slow to reach the faucet, kitchen sink, or upstairs, is due to the length of pipe between your water heater and the plumbing fixture.
When you are not running the water, it sits in your piping system. As hours go by, the water sitting in your pipes loses heat and becomes cold. When you turn on your fixture to get hot water, all that cold water sitting in your pipe has to come out before heated water from the water heater can reach your fixture. This can sometimes take a few minutes.
How Do You Get Hot Water Quicker?
With a demand hot water recirculating system. A recirculating system (installed on top of your water heater) will solve the problem of waiting for hot water and simultaneously save energy, water, and money.
How Does a Demand Hot Water Recirculation System Work?
A specific hot water pump gets installed on your existing hot water heater.
Then, a valve is installed under one of your sinks. This valve connects the hot and cold water supply.
The pump will push the cold water that has been sitting in your hot water line and sends it back to the water heater through your cold water line.
This recirculation process is similar to running the water until it gets hot, however, instead of water going down your drain, it is returned back to your water heater. And, according to Energy.gov, (https://www.energystar.gov/products/water_heaters/demand_hot_water_recirculating_system) these systems can save water and energy.
Common Questions Regarding Hot Water Recirculating Systems
If the pump moves water through the pipes constantly, doesn’t this waste energy?
Most on demand recirculation systems have a built-in timer. This will allow you to only circulate hot water when you actually need it. For most homeowners, it is cheaper to use the system than to run water for a few minutes wasting water. Additionally, recirculation systems use very little power. Similar to running a 25 watt light bulb.
Do you need to plug the pump into a power outlet?
Yes, the pump will require a power source.
If the hot and cold water lines are connected, will I get hot water when I want cold water only?
The valve that is installed under your sink is designed to stop hot water from entering your cold water supply when you turn on your cold water. This thermal valve acts like a check-valve stopping the hot water as soon as the cold water side is opened.
What is the voltage of the pump?
Most pumps are designed to run on 120 volt 60 hz.
Is your hot water slow to reach the faucet? Tired of waiting all day for hot water?