An Economical Solution: Installing a Recirculator

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Mr. Rooter's Tip Of The Day: This system employs a thermostat to sense cooled water in the hot line and automatically sends it back into the cold line.

Redy Temp recirculator systems
Not only does the homeowner have hot water ready at the faucet, but the homeowner doesn’t waste (pay for) discarded cold water.

“In a typical water system, theres’ at least one faucet whose distance from the water heater requires running a significant amount of cold water down the drain until the hot water reaches the fixture,” according to Bob Beall, president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing Pittsburgh and Youngstown. The most referred plumber in the Northeast Ohio and Southwest Pennsylvania region maintains, “this practice is extremely wasteful, but with a recirculator, it becomes unnecessary.”

Many current recirculators are elaborate systems for basement installation. “Some don’t work well,” according to Beall, and some need professional installation.” However, at least one unit-the Redy Temp® recirculator–can be installed by the homeowner at a bath or kitchen sink, and it takes only a few minutes. “This system,” says Mr Rooter, “employs a thermostat to sense cooled water in the hot line and automatically sends it back into the cold line. Not only does the homeowner have hot water ready at the faucet, but the homeowner doesn’t waste (pay for) discarded cold water.” The RedyTemp can also be used with a timer. Certain models add a variety of other optional sensors.

Mr. Rooter’s Tip Of The Day

Tip #1 Before starting, purchase two supply tubes with 1/2-inch female threads on both ends (if they’re not already included with the unit). Slide the recirculator under the sink, typically the sink most distant from the water heater. Turn off both stop valves and loosen and remove the supply tubes from the faucet.

Tip #2 Connect these ends of the supply tubes to the two male connections at the rear of the circulator–hot on the left, cold on the right.

Tip #3 Then connect one end of your purchased supply tubes to the two front nipples on the recirculator.

Tip #4 Connect the other end of the supply tubes to the faucet with the left-front tube going to the hot water faucet and the right-front tube to the cold water faucet. Be sure all the connections are tight at both ends.

Tip #5 Turn the water back on at the stop valves. Drill a 1 1/8-inch hole in the side of the sink cabinet.
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