Controlling Hot Water Recirculation Pumps

Hello. I just bought a new home that has a recirculation pump located near the hot water heater. I am new to all this so I have some questions:

(a) I have looked online and see some of these pumps have timers attached so they operate only during expected usage times (not between midnight and 5am). Mine does not have one that I can see. Are these always attached directly to the pump body or can the timer be located elsewhere? If elsewhere, where might this be?

(b) I have read that some of these systems incorporate a temperature switch somewhere that shuts off the pump when a pre-set temp is reached at some point in the line. What are the signs that mine has such a switch?

(c) Even with a timer as in (a) above it seems potentially very wasteful and hard on the pump for it to run continuously as we are not big hot water users generally. So is there some simple way - ideally using X-10, Active Home, CMA-11 (I think that's it), and simple macros (no running computer needed) which I already use - to control this pump mechanism at a more granular level?



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David White
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Our Buderus boiler (which also makes hot water) does this automatically. The computer runs the pump for user controlled intervals at user defined intervals of our choosing. I believe it is set to run for 3 minutes every half hour from 6:30 am until 11 pm.

The pump is located behind the furnace on the wall with an auxilliary switch which allows the pump to be shut off permanently. I would expect the pump to be located somewhere near the water heater with the timer close by.

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Type the model # on your pump into google or go to the manufacturers web site and find the manual.


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Bob F

On many systems there is no timer. The loop runs continuously. You can get a timer added easily.

On my system I've added a timer and a pipe mounted thermostat. The timer turns the loop off at night. The pipe stat is clamped to the pipe where the hot loop returns to the hot water tank. It turns off the pump during the day once the hot water has gone around the loop an heated the return. Eventually the loop cools again and the pump restarts. The pipe stat is overkill really. A system is perfectly ok without.

These recirculating pumps are quite low power and are designed to run continuously. The power should be written on it somewhere. I guess you could use an appliance module to control it and switch it off at night. Definitly overkill though!

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