Hot Water Recirculating Pump, What it Is?

Have you given much thought to why you get cold water on the first instance of turning the faucet on? How large or small your home is will determine the length of your waiting period to receive hot water. This process takes a big amount of water and is very inconvenient.

The reason for this ordeal simply boils down to the distance to be traveled by hot water. On switching on the faucet, hot water pushes toward your sink. The water is stopped when it is turned off, hence the water that cannot be returned into the tank will be left in the pipe and cool with time. The cold water remaining in the pipe is pushed out by fresh hot water.

  • Not to worry, there is a way out.You can have a recirculating pump installed by TRUST ROOTER. This hot water pump, which returns unused hot water to the heating system is designed to make sure hot water is available on demand.

Two Types of Recirculating Pumps

Option #1

Full Recirculating Pump System

Hot Water Recirculating Pump

The full recirculating pump system is designed with an additional pipe installed into the plumbing system of your home. It creates a loop connecting the water heater and the faucet. The pump draws back unused water through the loop which produces hot water at a faster rate when the faucet is turned on. As a result of the loop, there is no water left in the pipes to get cold, which eventually reduces water wastage.

Are you thinking of how your gas and energy cost is affected by the endless running of the looping system? You should not be bothered as that is not the case. Many pumps are built with timers and sensors, which shut the pump down when the hot water has been completely looped backed. With the aid of the timer, the active time of the pump is controlled. It can be set to trip off automatically when you are away at work, on a vacation, or while asleep at night. As it is very pricey this option is not readily affordable for everyone. Another reason is that new home designs in Florida do not make adding the loop pipe easy.

Option #2

Recirculating Pump Comfort System

Recirculating Pump Comfort System

The pump comfort system returns unused water to the heating system through existing cold water pipes. This option is cost-effective for persons who cannot afford to live with waiting for the recovery time of the heating system and cannot afford the first option either. Water is taken at a faster rate to areas within the house that receive water for a longer period.

For instance, the recirculating pump will come in handy if your heating system is far away from your shower or kitchen. In addition, the comfort system does not require the addition of an extra pipe. Still, it has some issues of its own. As a result of the hot and cold water sharing the same pipe, the cold faucet may supply lukewarm water or may take a longer period to get cold. In a bid to solve this problem, some homeowners take the extra step to switch off their pumps during summer.

Do you have a recirculation system already installed and do not know about it?

Your home may have a recirculating system installed by a previous owner and may have disconnected the pump. If you are frustrated by the time taken for hot water to reach the point where you need it, all you need to do is get a professional to help in locating your pump and get it to work. You can also look it up close to the top or rear of your water heater.

What’s the Bottom Line?

A recirculating pump will eliminate the need to wait for hot water. Regardless of your home size, your family money, time and water will be saved. Reach out to us at TRUST ROOTER by calling (833) 346-8787 and find out if the recirculating pump is just what you and your family need.