Have you noticed when you turn the hot water on to your faucet that it can take several seconds or even minutes to become hot? The wait for hot water that should be almost instant is a massive waste of water, especially since we live in the desert. A recirculation pump installed by Affordable Service could help alleviate the extra wait time for warm water. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric is here to tell you about a recirculation pump.

The distance from your water heater to the faucet you are using is the reason for cold water before the hot water finally arrives, and when you turn it off, the hot water stays in the pipes instead of returning to the water heater. There are two types of recirculation pumps to consider if you are ready for quick hot water all the time!

Full Re-Circulating Pump: This pump needs an extra pipe installed in your home designated for hot water only. The system creates a loop, and any hot water not used is then drawn back to the water heater. Unlike ordinary piping, this system doesn’t allow any hot water to sit in the existing pipes to get cold.

If you’re worried about the increased cost of energy and gas it takes to keep the circulation system working; you may be surprised to learn that it doesn’t have to affect those bills too much.

Many recirculation systems are equipped with sensors and timers; the sensors shut off after the hot water has completed an entire loop. A timer allows you to control when the recirculation pump should be active.

For more information regarding a Full Recirculation Pump, you can contact Affordable Service here, and one of our technicians will come to give you an estimate on the cost.

The Comfort System Re-Circulation Pump: This system is the more popular option because it utilizes the existing piping in your home to send the hot water sitting in the pipes back to the water heater. The Comfort System allows hot water to be delivered to your faucets more quickly than traditional plumbing. One of the benefits of this system is that the initial cost isn’t as high since you don’t have to install a designated hot water pipe, but The Comfort System can have its drawbacks.

Since the recirculation pump shares the same pipes, the cold water may be lukewarm and take a little to become cold, and you’ll end up waiting the additional time for cold water to arrive rather than the other way around.

This system seems to be the most cost-effective for homeowners looking for speedy hot water solutions. The price can range from $500- 1000 dollars depending on installation costs and repairs to the existing pipes to feature The Comfort System adequately.

Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric highly encourage homeowners to install recirculation pumps by our professional and knowledgeable technicians. These systems can be tricky to install, and our work is warrantied. If you are looking for a way to get hot water to areas of your home faster, a recirculation pump can be the solution you are waiting for.