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Help Needed 10-24-2012 08:58 PM

What does this pump do???
 
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I just bought a home that has some sort of pump hooked up to the bottom of my hot water heater and the pump is wired into a timer switch. (the same type of timer switch that is on my pool pump) I am including a picture of the setup in hopes that someone can tell what it does? The hot water heater is located in my garage. Thanks in advance!

Alan 10-24-2012 08:59 PM

That's a recirculating pump. It moves the hot water throughout the hot water loop to keep the water hot at all your fixtures all the time.



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Help Needed 10-24-2012 09:00 PM

One thing I left out was that the line is connected to the drain at the bottom of my water heater. Thanks again for everyones help.

Help Needed 10-24-2012 09:02 PM

What is the timer for? I flipped teh switch insde the timer box and the pump turned on...I quickly shut it back off because I had no idea where the pump was pumping water to.

Help Needed 10-24-2012 09:04 PM

Does the pump turn on automatically when needed? Sorry for teh dumb questions...I went to my local big box home improvement store and they told me it was the help drain the water heater.

ben's plumbing 10-24-2012 09:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Help Needed (Post 1037391)
Does the pump turn on automatically when needed? Sorry for teh dumb questions...I went to my local big box home improvement store and they told me it was the help drain the water heater.

they told you wrong..as stated its a recirculating pump...moves hot water through system ...so when you turn on hot water any where in house there is no waiting for hot water....timer should start pump at certain times as set by installer...ben sr

Help Needed 10-24-2012 09:35 PM

Thank you both very much for the prompt reply...I promise, last question. The timer currently only has two set points... As of right now, the timer is set to go on at 6am and off at 12a. Is there a benefit to adding additional set points...like "on" a 6am and "off" at 12pm then "on" again at 6p and off at 10P. Or does it not really matter. Thanks again.

jaydevries 10-24-2012 09:35 PM

i have never heard of one being hooked to the drain of water heater
where does the pipes go that are hooked to the pump

TheEplumber 10-24-2012 09:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Help Needed (Post 1037391)
Does the pump turn on automatically when needed? Sorry for teh dumb questions...I went to my local big box home improvement store and they told me it was the help drain the water heater.

This made my day :laughing::laughing::laughing: I'd go back to the store and school him and his manager
Your questions not dumb either.
You have something like this

Help Needed 10-24-2012 09:43 PM

Jaydevries,

I would even know how to begin to answer your question. Now that I know what the pump is called and what is does, I have found a few installation examples on the internet and they show the pump installed in the same location as mine...Other than that, I have no idea where the pipes go or why it is hooked up like that...One thing I do know is that when I turn the hot water on in any area of the house, the water gets hot instantly.

TheEplumber 10-24-2012 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by jaydevries (Post 1037416)
i have never heard of one being hooked to the drain of water heater
where does the pipes go that are hooked to the pump

The return line is piped to the WH drain outlet- the boiler drain is removed and relocated

Help Needed 10-24-2012 09:47 PM

TheEplumber,

Your diagram really helped me understand how the pumps works...Thanks for everyones help.

Help Needed 10-24-2012 09:51 PM

So, the only reamining question is...should the pump be set to run from 6a to 12a. (18 hours) seems i might be able to save on electric if i add some more on/off set points. Thoughts?

broox 10-24-2012 09:54 PM

When do you get up and when do you go to bed? You have to balance wasting electricity running the pump versus wasting water waiting for hot water. We do not stay up til midnight at my house, but we got kids.

Alan 10-24-2012 09:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Help Needed (Post 1037391)
Does the pump turn on automatically when needed? Sorry for teh dumb questions...I went to my local big box home improvement store and they told me it was the help drain the water heater.

:laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing: :laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:


Good lord, I hate those guys. The timer is to save electricity while you are sleeping. Nothing more.

It turns off at night, and turns on during the day when you are more likely to need instant hot water.


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