Robert Lamoureux | Water heater advice is free, but no autographs, please

Ask: Hello Robert, thank you very much for allowing the breakfast interruption last week. It was nice of you to take the time to answer our questions. We need to install a new water heater but are also considering a tankless water heater system. We have an approximately 4,000 square foot home with our master bedroom upstairs and in the back of the house. Therefore, the most important thing for us, both in terms of time and volume, is to provide hot water up to this point.

We’ve heard about putting in a circuit so we have instant hot water. Can and should we think about this?

– John H.

Answer: John, it’s no problem to stop by my table and ask a question. I’m happy to help. The loop is designed for an apartment building. The installation is done with a half or three-quarter inch pipe in which the water constantly circulates.

The amount of water flowing through a smaller space, such as a single-family home, causes the microscopic particles to begin to prematurely damage the pipe and lead to pipe failure. There is also the pump that needs to be serviced in the circuit, another source of time and money for maintenance.

You can definitely use a tankless water heater to shorten the time it takes to make hot water – just don’t waste your resources by installing a loop. That’s my best advice. Good luck.

Robert Lamoureux has more than 40 years of experience as a general contractor with separate electrical and plumbing contractor licenses. He owns IMS Construction Inc. in Valencia. His opinions are his own and not necessarily those of The Signal. The opinions expressed in this column do not replace the recommendations of a qualified contractor after a thorough visual inspection. Email questions to Robert at [email protected].

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