Slow hot water to kitchen faucet

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Old 04-22-03, 06:54 AM
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Slow hot water to kitchen faucet

New home. New faucet. New hot water heater.

Takes FOREVER (5-10 minutes) for water to run hot to kitchen sink.

Hot is opened all the way under sink.

40 gallon hot water heater.

Kitchen is situated in center of house with guest and master baths at either end. Both baths run hot just fine.

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Old 04-22-03, 07:23 AM
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Where is the water heater in relation to the kitchen? Distance vs baths?
It might be a good idea to consider an Autocirc system retrofit such as this:
http://www.lainginc.com/act303.htm
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Old 04-22-03, 09:17 AM
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Kitchen is located...

....about 40 feet from hot water heater. Master bath = 20 feet and guest bath = 60 feet.
 
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Old 04-22-03, 02:35 PM
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You also might try using snap-on foam pipe insulation if the kitchen pipes are in a basement or crawlspace.
Unless the guest bath pipes are run in an insulated wall and retain heat better, it would seem that you would have the same problem or worse in the guest bath, due to the greater distance.
Hot water cooling down in lines between uses is an age-old problem. Depends on where the hot water lines are run to some extent.
You can insulate pipes (helps, but doesn't solve the problem), get a point-of-use auto circ system, or retrofit a recirculating system, or install one of those small 10-gallon under-the-sink 110v water heaters.
You have to just solve the problem as you choose, or learn to live with it. One of those things.
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Old 04-22-03, 04:11 PM
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I bet you are on a slab though... and slab plumbing can be a whole different animal... From the heater, the lines were probably run to the master or guest bath and then LOOPED back under the floor to get to the kitchen sink... It is generally considered better to get hot water to the bathrooms faster than the kitchen sink... In any case, if you are on a slab, the only solution may be to run a new line in the attic straight from the heater... I just did that for a friend...
 
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