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Instant Hot Water - Cheap - Recirculating Pump

Updated on November 15, 2015
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Audrey's interest in computer technology convinced her to research and write about other areas of technology.

Warm Hands at a Cheap Price

Do you get tired of waiting three or four minutes for the water to get warm to wash your hands or take a shower? If you have about $200 available plus installation cost, you will never have to wait again. Does it sound like a miracle? Practically no one is aware of the instant hot water cost efficient recirculating pump. You can shout from the rooftops, if you have poor circulation and hate to shake someone's hand. Several options exist for your convenience.

If you have heard of instant hot water, you probably heard about a cost out of sight. To further learn about the options of this system, you can take a trip to your nearest home improvement store. The instant hot water that is very expensive is tankless and includes a heating unit at each water source, requiring extensive installation. The other option is the recirculating pump which is described for you.

Installed Recirculating Pump

The pump has been installed on top of the hot water tank.
The pump has been installed on top of the hot water tank. | Source

Watts Recirculating Pump

The recirculating pump costs from $160 to $250 with professional installation recommended . The plumber installs it on top of the water heater. resulting in the circulation of the cold water in the lines back into the tank. Hot water is then delivered to all water sources. Placing a valve at the furthest source, handles all the intermediate water sources. It is 60 - 80% efficient, which allows seconds for the water to be hot. It could be immediately successful, depending on your home. If some sources are not as efficient, placing a manifold in those areas will allow faster delivery of hot water. The Watts pumps are very popular.

The Watts Model number 500800 is an example of a recirculating pump. The system includes a motor and timer, electric cord, sensor valve, supply lines and two universal adaptors. It saves up to 15,000 gallons of water per year for most people, is recommended for any type pipe, operates quietly, and has a 24-hour timer. Some consumers only run it in the daytime. If you get up in the night, you will have to use cold water to wash your hands. The following is the story of the actual installation.

Warm hands as a result of new system
Warm hands as a result of new system | Source

Author's Purchase of the Item

We recently purchased this item for our 2000 square foot home with three water sources - master bath, kitchen sink, and main bath. Our regular plumber did the work for us. He first installed the item on top of the hot water tank in the furnace room off the garage. Then he connected a valve to the farthest source, our main bathroom. This procedure took about one hour thirty minutes. After installation, the hot water almost immediately came to all areas. The only minor inconvenience is when we turn on the cold water, it takes about 10 seconds for the cold water to arrive. We figure that we will save money by not running all the water in the lines waiting for warm water. In addition, the heat button on the dishwasher cycle will no longer require activation.

The system includes a timer to save on pump use, resulting in our decision to turn it off at night for six hours. This means if someone gets up in the night and uses the sink, a wait for hot water will take about 4 minutes. However, it may prevent the pump from wear and tear. Reviewers have given excellent reviews of this system.

Success With New Water system

He worked with plumber, and is very happy with outcome.
He worked with plumber, and is very happy with outcome. | Source

Reviews

Amazon.com has reviews of this item, and most consumers raved about cost and convenience. The item has a 4.5 out of 5 rating.. The only cons were from two reviewers, one who learned that some two-handle faucets from certain companies prevent the system from working. The other negative review was that the cold water ran warm for too long to please her.

Conclusion

This recirculating pump is the cheap answer for instant hot water. It makes hands toasty warm, and eliminates the need to stand for 4 minutes waiting for hot water. It is highly recommended by most consumers on Amazon. The plumber was very impressed and plans to recommend it to other customers. The cost is most reasonable, compared to the tankless heater which can cost thousands, especially with installation charges. It can save you money on water bills. If you can afford the reasonable price, your hands can stay warm, even on the coldest of winter days. Go for it!


The warm water trickles from the faucet onto my normally cold dry hands. Like magic, my hands become alive with warmth, and the warmth transcends my body. I marvel at the transformation from one little pump.

Copyright 2013

Audrey Selig

Watts Pump

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Hmmm... well that's an interesting idea! I may add that to my current system. I recently got a continuous water heater so that I don't have to keep a big tank of water hot all the time. I does take a while to get going though! Voted up and useful! :)

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Suzanne. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. We sure do love our new system. My hands are always warm,and you would like it. It is so good to hear from you Your hubs are great, and I need to read more of your creations

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      Sally Branche 3 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Smart thinking and a great way to conserve our precious resources! Voted up and awesome! ;D

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Sally. Thank you so much for reading article and for nice comments. Yes, we love our new system. I wanted it for a long time, and its here. Yay. If you think you want it , go for it. It is so nice to know you. I plan to visit your profile. Take care.

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      cliffs 3 years ago

      I am a distributor for recirculating pumps. I agree wholeheartedly that all homes need a recirc pump to avoid wasting water down the drain waiting for hot water. My website is www.needhotwater.com. My pump is the best out there as it is on-demand rather than on a timer. You just push a button or use a remote control. A recirc pump is not a replacement for a water heater or tankless heater. It works in conjunction with either.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thank you cliffs for reading my hub. We love our instant hot water. The timer allows us to use the system during the day and not at night. We are satisfied with it. We may need to get a part for one of our sinks to allow the system to perform correctly. I wish everyone knew about the ability to get hot water quickly. Stop by again.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I've never heard of this system before but it sounds amazing and certainly at that price point. Another thing to mention is that it saves water because there is less wasted water going down the drain while waiting for the hot water. Glad I found this article and voted up.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Writer Fox - Thanks for your comments about my article. I learned about this system some time ago, by accident, and finally a plumber installed it for us. It was his first installation, and he was impressed. I have cold hands all the time, and now this is no longer true. It has a reasonable price, and you cannot go wrong. It is true that you save on water, as there is no waste. Occasionally the cold water runs a little warm briefly, but that is a minor inconvenience. I have enjoyed looking at the hubs with the pics and clip art. The Valentine hearts, especially, are very intricate and colorful. Thanks again for stopping by, and I will visit your hubs again soon. I like to pin them. Audrey

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks for this. I have a hot water heater that I turn off and on about every other day (it holds the heat usually for one to two days) but this sounds like something I would like to check into. thanks for the heads up ps

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Pstraubie - Thank so much for reading my hub and commenting. We love our instant hot water. Poor circulation in my hands is sure helped by the hot water on demand. It might be a good investment for you. Our plumber likes it, as do our friends and relatives. Sometimes the cold water has a little delay, but that is not a problem. If you like it and buy it, I hope it meets your needs. Good luck to you and your family. May everyone be healthy. I will stop by again. Blessings. Audrey

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      Dan Harmon 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I have seen many of these installed in commercial buildings, but did not realize that there were any made to be installed in a home. With well insulated hot water pipes it should work very well, at minimal cost to maintain the water temperature in the tank.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Wilderness - I had been begging my husband for years to look into this hot water system. It works very well, and I enjoyed writing about it. We have one area that it does not reach, and will buy a valve to put it in the system. Than you for reading my hub and commenting. I hope your part of the country has not had bad weather, but this winter no one seems exempt. It is March 1, so surely it cannot last much longer. If you decide to put in the system described iin my hub, I hope you enjoy it. Take care and good luck with your writing. Blessings. Audrey

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks Vilma for reading my hub and commenting about the importance of warm water. I love the convenience of warm hands too. As I was unaware of this comment, please forgive the lateness of my response. We have one sink that needs a valve to make the hot water function better. Otherwise, everything works really well. You know how we put things off, and we should have fixed that sink earlier. I hope you get something similar, since you like it so much. Blessings, Audrey

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      Dan Harmon 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      As an electrician, I have wired up many of these. They work great, but there is a hidden cost in that the water in the pipes effectively becomes a part of the hot water tank, losing heat to the surrounding air. That means that the cost of heating water will go up, although your timer shutting the unit down at night will help.

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Dan - I am so glad you stopped by to read my hub, as your comments have credibility. You have so many talents and writing ability. It is interesting about the rise in cost of heating water, and it makes sense. We have not checked into our bills since the installation, but would like to see how much they have increased. We do not run the system at night. It is so great to have almost instant hot water at a fairly cheap price, so I hope our bills are not too high. Thanks for alerting us of this factor. Blessings, Audrey

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