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Watts Sensor Valve Kit

This sensor valve kit is perfect for use with branched hot water lines. No additional pumps are needed, and the kit includes a sensor valve and two 12 inch supply lines with fittings.
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Is this a product that could be installed next to clothes washer only? Hot water not hot enough due to low water usage of front loading machine

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Ray
Nothern CA
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February 8, 2013
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OpaS
February 13, 2013
I believe Dick of Roswell has a viable solution for very low demand water usage. I'm not so sure even a 5 gallon heater could supply enough hot water for a front load washing machine. The Watts Valve and Pump kit costs around $200 so that is comparable to a 5 gal heater. However the pump uses only about 15 watts power vs 1,500 watts for the heater. That means that for every one hour the heater is active you could run the pump for 100 hours for the same electric cost. True the pump / valve will cause your water heater to come on slightly more often, but generally this is an insignificant amount.

If you have an available electrical outlet within easy reach of your water heater, the pump / valve kit should install with just a couple of wrenches and in 1-1/2 hours. Put the valve at a sink farther down the line than the washer... water at the washer will be hotter than at the sink. Program the timer on the pump to bracket your normal washing times, + 30 min on each side. This is the easiest and cheapest improvement.
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OpaS
DFW area, Texas
February 12, 2013
Yes it could, but don't expect it to resolve all your issues. The valve limits the water temp at the valve to about 95 deg, or comfortably warm. By keeping the water warm at the faucet, less additional water needs to be drawn to get hot water. Depending on the length of run from the water heater to the washer you may or may not get HOT water to the washer. What can be said is that it WILL be warmer or hotter than it is without the valve. Keep in mind that for this valve to work you also need a pump installed at the water heater. The pump and valve are sold as a kit. It is my understanding that this product and the kit may NOT be available in California due to energy conservation laws.
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answer 3
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MICKEY
NC
February 11, 2014
YES, GOOD IDEA
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answer 4
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WattsWater
Retail Group
February 11, 2013
The sensor valve are intended to be placed underneath a sink, as long as that sensor valves location is further away from the water heater than the washing machine it should deliver the hot water there as well.
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answer 5
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ahdeoguy
May 8, 2013
you could probably install it at a washing machine only but that's pretty expensive setup for just a washing machine. you'd need different sized hoses to make it work than what comes with the kit and you'd also need the low volume pump ($200) in order for this kit to work at all.
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answer 6
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Dick
Roswell, NM, USA
February 9, 2013
This might be a viable solution if you have enough hot water after running the hot water for a SHORT period of time but you would also have to pressurize the hot water lines with the small pump that is available from the crossover valve's mfg....A probably better solution and a MUCH less expensive solution is to just install a 3 or 5 gallon unit hot water heater (under the sink demand unit) next to the washing machine...It will also just run on a 115 VAC line feed to the water heater...It can draw up to about 15 amps so you might want to put it on a separate circuit....
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answer 7
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Tom97632
Oregon, USA
November 12, 2013
Yes you could. It would take some extra pieces to do so but you need to look at the watts hot water recirculation pump and timer kit (Model # 500800). This is only the recirculation valve kit which you would buy if you had the system installed and needed a valve or a replacement for a broken one.
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When installed at washing machine, can I turn it on only when needed, washing whites?

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Northern CA
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OpaS
DFW area, Texas
February 12, 2013
Sure, you could turn the pump on only before washing whites, but it is NOT practical and defeats the purpose of having the pump / valve combination. If you have one pump and several valves you could rig up shutoff valves to defeat this thermal valve except when needed. However again, it is NOT practical.
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answer 2
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MICKEY
NC
February 11, 2014
??? NO !!! ???
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answer 3
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WattsWater
Retail Group
February 11, 2013
The sensor valve does not turn on or off. The recirculation of water is done by the pump. In theory you could do this, however it takes time to recirculate the water. So if you knew you were going to do laundry in a half an hour, you could go switch the pump on to let it start recirculating. After approximately a half hour ( depending on the length of pipe run) the hot water would be there. The sensor valves are also intended to be installed underneath a lavatory sink, which as long as it is further down the line that the washing machine it will deliver hot water to it as well.
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answer 4
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ahdeoguy
May 8, 2013
item has no valves with it. I suppose if you installed valves along with it you could turn it on when needed. The downside would be that you're closing off the loop so the hot water couldn't flow to that area of the house and be "instant." Not sure why you would install this item and then defeat it with valves.
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answer 5
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Greengineer
Colorado
December 12, 2013
The kit is set up for an installation under a bathroom sink primarily. You would need additional fittings connectors to install it at your washing machine. But if you follow the instructions you could make it work. The valve should be installed above the shut off valves for the washing machine. If the washing machine is calling for hot-water then hot water will flow sooner with this valve installed. If the washing machine is calling for Coldwater the Coldwater will come through the cold side of the valve.
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answer 6
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Brooklyn1951
New Hampshire, USA
February 9, 2013
This valve is used with a hot water re-circulation pump. If you put it on a washing machine supply, the hot and cold valves would have to be open all of the time for it to work. I wouldn't think that is a good idea. If one of the washing machine hoses sprung a leak, you would have a flood since the valves were left open so the hot water can re-circulate. If you put this on a plumbing fixture on the same line as the washing machine, the wait for hot water would be less than it probably is now.
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answer 7
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Tom97632
Oregon, USA
November 12, 2013
The part that turns on and off is the pump located on top of the hot water heater. It has a timer on it that can be set to go on and off at various times during the day. You could set it to turn the system on at the time you do laundry or you could manually turn it on when you decide to do a load of laundry and off when you are finished. When turned on it only takes a few minutes to get the hot water to the outlet where the recirculation valve is located.
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what power sorice is needed

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December 8, 2013
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answer 1
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MICKEY
NC
February 11, 2014
ELECTICITY
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answer 2
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John
Danville, CA, USA
April 15, 2014
In order for the valve to work, you must install a recirculation pump at the water heater. The pump is what does the work of moving warm water through the hot water line to the valve. The valve without the pump is functionless.
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answer 3
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Greengineer
Colorado
December 12, 2013
No power is required for the Watts sensor valve. It opens and closes based on temperature at the hot water connection. A lot like the thermostat on a car.
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answer 4
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Woody
Vernon, Arizona
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January 23, 2014
The only power source needed is a 110 volt outlet.
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answer 5
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TWC007
Dallas
March 4, 2014
No power source is needed. You do need the hot water recirculation pump to make this kit work.
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answer 6
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cdnmizz
Aurora, CO, USA
March 9, 2014
This does not require a power source. It merely attaches to the supply lines under a sink.
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answer 7
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Terry
O'Fallon, MO, USA
March 11, 2014
The pump unit runs on 110 volt.
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is this a stand alone product or do i need others

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answer 1
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Dick
Gainesville, FL, USA
December 11, 2013
No help needed to install .Straight forward ,Everything supplied
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answer 2
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MICKEY
NC
February 11, 2014
YOU NEED THE PUMP.
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answer 3
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Greengineer
Colorado
December 12, 2013
Stand alone kit includes connectors. But that's it.
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answer 4
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Woody
Vernon, Arizona
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January 23, 2014
Yes, It is a stand alone product, Nothing else is needed, Except for electric.
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answer 5
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TWC007
Dallas
March 4, 2014
The kit only works with a hot water heater recirculation pump. It is suppose to serve as a second loop for a second bathroom. The recirculation pump kit comes with one set already.
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answer 6
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cdnmizz
Aurora, CO, USA
March 9, 2014
Thus will only work if you have already installed the Watts recirculating pump on one of your faucets. The pump is amazing if you set it to run continually.
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answer 7
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Terry
O'Fallon, MO, USA
March 11, 2014
Your entire plumbing system will dictate whether you need 1 or 2 valves installed. In my case, I needed a 2nd valve. The instructions said install the valve at the furthest point away from the pump which I did. The master bedroom was my main target but it was located very close to the pump and I did not get the instant hot water. Hence a 2nd valve was installed and all is good.
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Is it possible to purchase the sensor only without the hoses and fittings? I only need the sensor. The hoses are OK.

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Rogelio
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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December 13, 2013
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THDCustomerService
Atlanta, GA
January 3, 2014
Hi Rogelio,

Thanks for your question and interest in this item. More information is needed to accurately answer your question. Please contact our Online Customer Service Department at 800-430-3376 to get more assistance with this item. Our hours of operation are between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Eastern Time daily.
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answer 2
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Woody
Vernon Arizona
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January 23, 2014
I have seen it, Sold alone, But the price was the same either way.
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answer 3
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TWC007
Dallas
March 4, 2014
There are other websites that just sell the sensor but you will need extra hoses for the installation. If you already have extra hoses then it makes sense but if you don't and plan to purchase them separately it may cost more (it was for me). The adapters came in handy too since my setup needed them. You may have a different setup.
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answer 4
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cdnmizz
Aurora, CO, USA
March 9, 2014
You can purchase the valve only thru a plumbing supply house, but it will cost you more and you'll still have buy the supply lines. I would recommend against that. Home Depot sells the entire package for about $30 less than the valve itself.
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answer 5
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Todd
New Mexico
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January 23, 2014
Yes, you can, but not from HD, I don't think. Try searching for Grundfos parts online, in addition to Watts. Theirs and the Watts are the same units except for the color of the pump. Just getting the valve is about 29 simoleons or so.
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answer 6
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Terry
O'Fallon, MO, USA
March 11, 2014
When I was searching for a 2nd valve kit on line, I did see only the valve offered, no hoses. So I would say yes you can.
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why can't this be shipped to california?

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January 12, 2013
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WattsWater
Retail Group
January 15, 2013
This item has no restriction in regards to being sold or distributed in California
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answer 2
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OpaS
DFW area, Texas
February 12, 2013
California laws regarding conservation. You don't get something for nothing with this. The "instant" hot water is at the expense of your water heater running more often. California views this as a waste of energy, hence not available there.
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answer 3
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MICKEY
NC
February 11, 2014
CALL THE ON LINE ORDERING NUMBER
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answer 4
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Tom97632
Oregon, USA
November 12, 2013
Because it does not conform to California's energy efficiency standards.
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answer 5
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CalBear
May 20, 2014
Since when? I bought it in a CA store and use it in CA. Given the high drought, this product is quite necessary in CA!
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I have hot water coming out of every faucet in the house. It's been working Ok for the past year, so I am wondering - does this mean that the tempera

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Ahkmed El Kamel Bin Shoflin Alon
Texas
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October 3, 2013
temmperature valve is broken and needs to be replaced?
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MICKEY
NC
February 11, 2014
NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION (COLD AND HOT? /HOW LONG ?)
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answer 2
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John
Danville, CA, USA
April 15, 2014
If you installed the valve at the furthest sink from the hot water heater, where you installed the pump, any and all sinks served by the same hot water line that serves the furthest sink, will also get the benefit of "instant" warm water initially coming out of the hot water line.
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Woody
Vernon, Arizona
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January 23, 2014
I had the same problem and replaced the sensor. The corrected the problem.
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answer 4
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TWC007
Dallas
March 4, 2014
It depends. The valve only works below a certain temperature. If you have it set higher than that, it will not work correctly. Check with the manufacturer information. I do not remember the temperature but its around 130-160 degrees F.
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answer 5
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WattsWater
Retail Group
October 7, 2013
That is a symptom of a valve not working; it’s not closing/sensing when the water is hot. It certainly sounds like the valve needs to be replaced.
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When will the Watts Sensor Valve Kit be in stock.

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ggl
Buford, GA
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January 7, 2013
I would like to order one.
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THDCustomerSupport
Kennesaw, GA
January 8, 2013
Hi Ggl,

We currently expect to have this item available toward the end of January.
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OpaS
DFW area, Texas
February 12, 2013
Not stocked in stores. Should be available on-line as I ordered / received one two weeks ago.
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