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Old 09-01-2011, 05:49 PM   #1
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The shower is a long ways from the hot water heater. No full basement there is a crawl space under the shower . The Mrs complains about the time it takes to get hot water. Can a pump be installed to circulate the hot water to this shower? Tee into the line & run line back to the heater & install a pump? Any suggestions? It is a waste of water & electricity!!
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:49 PM   #2
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Yes, you can install a circulation loop and pump at your water heater. Your existing pipe layout will determine the cost and/or savings.
You can also install a retrofit pump system under your bathroom lav. Very simple project. No additional piping is needed.
You'll hear all kinds of pros and cons about recirc systems in regards to their cost and efficiency, but I'm all for them.

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I have the same problem. It wastes water trying to wait for hot water before you actually start to take a shower. I didn't know there was a simple solution, thanks for the information.
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We installed a circulation loop during our recent master bathroom remodeling and love it! We also thoroughly insulated all the hot water piping that was accessible. We really haven't noticed any increased energy consumption so whatever there may be is very small.
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