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Old 03-31-2012, 10:47 PM   #1
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Hot water takes too long


Hey guys,
I live in a double story residential home that was built in 2000.
I have a gas water heater located in the attic.
The problem that I have, is that the hot water takes 3 to 5 mins to show up in any of my faucets upstairs, but only takes 30 sec to show up in any of my faucets downstairs. What can I do to correct this problem, because I'm wasting a lot of water for no reason at all and my county is in a stage 3 water restriction area.

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Old 03-31-2012, 10:58 PM   #2
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Add a cirulating pump.

A water heater in an attic is an accident waiting to happen.
Is it at least sitting in a pan with a drain line running outside?

In my area it's againt code and my insurance company would not even sell me insurance if they knew it was there.
http://www.disastersafety.org/resear...articleId=4426

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There are re-circulator pumps which install at the point of use. You will still have to wait, but the pump will move the hot water to the area needed without turning on the water and therefore not waste water.
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You'll waste a whole lot more $ on energy recirculating water than you will on just waiting for hot water to get to the tap. Just my 2 cents.
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I just posted a long article on this topic in Water heater solutions to get hot water in timely manner

Passive won't work because the hot water tank is above the fixtures. An on-demand system with thermal shut-off would be cheaper than a continuous running pump.

You should also look at rerouting the hot water line, because it sounds like the hot water goes down to the first floor, then up to the second floor. It may cost more initially, but will be cheaper than running a recirculating pump.
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same thought here hot water trips to the first floor then up to the 2nd,and if it ever lets loose up in that attic that is cold water city pressure on that heater?

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