Hot water question answered
Why does it take forever to get hot water in some parts of the house?
“That’s a recirculating issue and depends on how your house is plumbed,” says Connie Addington of Baker Brothers Plumbing in Dallas. One solution is a comfort system, which adds a pump to your water heater and a valve on one fixture. “The valve only needs to go underneath one faucet, and it will impact whole house,” Addington says. You can set a timer on the pump so there’s hot water within seconds. The comfort system also helps conserve water because you’re not running a bunch of cold water down the drain while you wait for it to heat up. The pump runs about $540 plus tax, and Addington says it’s an easy installation. Homeowners must have a water heater and unobstructed flow for the pump to access hot water.
If you have a tankless water heater, you’ll need a point of service pump, which gets added to the fixture where you have the biggest problem. Unlike the comfort system, this pump only affects one fixture – like the shower in your master bath.