Kitchen Faucet Long Time Before Water Runs Hot

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Old 01-23-19, 04:52 PM
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Kitchen Faucet Long Time Before Water Runs Hot

It seems to take a while before hot water reaches the kitchen faucet. The tank is the basement, the kitchen is on the first floor and the pipes run between the first floor and a suspended ceiling in the basement. Will insulating the pipes help? Thanks for your help.
 
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Old 01-23-19, 04:58 PM
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​​​​​​That's pretty normal. Insulation won't help much if at all... much depend on how long it's been since the hot water was turned on last and how often it gets used. Any residual heat in those pipes will dissipate given enough time.
 
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Insulating the pipes will not make hot water arrive faster. All insulation does is prevent the pipe from loosing heat as quickly. So, once hot water is at the kitchen sink it will be warmer when you go to use it again 15 minutes later but after sitting a couple hours you'll have to wait for the hot water to make the trip through the pipes from the water heater all over again. The only remedies are a point of use water heater under the sink or a circulating hot water system. Both of which you should research thoroughly before considering.
 
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Old 01-25-19, 06:35 AM
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I would agree.....my thinking was that insulating the pipes in the cold ceiling space would keep the hot water that ran through them warm for a while so that the next time the faucet is turned on it wouldn't take as long for the water to run hot. Patience is a virtue!!
 
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Insulating will reduce heat loss but not get it there sooner as already mentioned. We have the undersink hot water dispenser for tea, cocoa etc. They are for small usage. The best way to get hot water quickly, also already mentioned is a recirculating pump system.
 
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