Circulation Pumps In Los Angeles, CA
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Most of the time, Los Angeles appears to be in a drought, and many Southern California residents want to know how they can save water by not waiting for the hot water to arrive before taking a shower. Installing a recirculation pump is one excellent way to accomplish this, as it can save some households up to 31 gallons of water per day or more depending on usage, and having instant hot water can make any bathroom feel like a luxurious spa.
When it comes to selecting a circulation pump for your water heater, it is important to understand the type of plumbing in your home, such as whether or not you have a dedicated loop, because this will determine the type of circulation pump we will install.
Newer homes will typically have a dedicated loop installed, whereas older homes will require an integrated loop solution. If you are unsure whether your home has a dedicated loop, also known as a return line, you can always give us a call 24/7 at (323) 234-7071 to speak with a water heater professional for help.
Here’s a quick rundown of the two kinds of plumbing that affect how the circulation pump works.
Dedicated Loop – This loop directs hot water to each appliance that requires hot water. The hot water is then returned to the water heater via a dedicated line from the farthest appliance away from the water heater and is reintroduced to the water heater on either the cold side or the bottom drain inlet.
Installing this specialized dedicated loop is usually best done during the construction of the home. If you choose this option, a plumber will need to come out and assess whether a return line can be added to your existing plumbing and then quote the cost.
A return line can sometimes be added if there is a crawl space beneath the home or attic space above the home; however, this is more expensive than if it was installed during initial construction. An integrated loop system will always perform better than a dedicated return line with a circulation pump.
Integrated Loop – This is the most common type of loop system that we encounter in the homes with which we work. This is due to the fact that there was no existing return line plumbed into the home during its initial construction. We will need to use the existing plumbing on the cold side in this type of system.
This option is popular because it eliminates the need for a dedicated return line. This type of system, however, does not perform as well as a dedicated loop system, but it is frequently the only option unless one wishes to completely retrofit their plumbing system.
The circulation pump is typically installed at the farthest appliance that requires hot water and will “loop” the hot water through the existing cold side plumbing. These pumps are known as on-demand because they have a timer or a switch that you can press to start the water recirculating. The cold water in your pipes will be sucked back to the water heater through the cold line, and fresh hot water will be delivered directly to the front of all of your fixtures.
A sensor valve installed beneath the sink tells the recirculation pump when to stop pumping water back into the tank, and once the valve detects a certain temperature, it turns off and your appliance is ready for use. You could also install the circulation pump at the water heater and program the system to circulate at whatever times you want using a timer.
Call our Los Angeles water heater experts if you want to install a recirculation pump in your home or if you have any questions about how it works. Our phone staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (323) 234-7071 to answer any and all of your water heater questions and to schedule an appointment for a technician to come out to your home and properly assess the situation. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!
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