INSTALLATION – WATER HEATER
CIRCULATED HOT WATER FLOW AND RETURN SYSTEM
A Rheem 872 series continuous flow water heater can be installed as part of a circulated hot water flow and
return system in a building.
the preset outlet temperature setting of the water heater must be set to at least 60°C.
Water should not be circulated from a water heater with a temperature setting of less than 60°C.
the preset outlet temperature setting of the water heater should be set to at least 65°C if the water
temperature decreases by more than 5°C through a circulated hot water flow and return system due to
heat loss in the ring main.
temperature controllers should not be installed with this water heater as part of a circulated hot water
flow and return system, including when installed as part of an Ez-Link System dual installation.
The circulator must be:
sized and set to provide a minimum flow rate of 3.0 L/min through the recirculated hot water flow and
return system, and
either thermostatically and / or timer controlled.
The circulator must not be set to operate continuously, i.e. 24 hours per day.
Temperature Limiting Device
A temperature limiting device cannot be installed in circulated hot water flow and return pipe work. The
tempered water from a temperature limiting device cannot be circulated. Where a circulated hot water flow
and return system is required in a building, a temperature limiting device can only be installed on a dead leg,
branching off the circulated hot water flow and return pipe.
If circulated tempered water were to be returned back to the water heater, depending on the location of the
return line connection on the water supply line to the water heater, then either:
water will be supplied to the cold water inlet of the temperature limiting device at a temperature
exceeding the maximum recommended water supply temperature, or
when the hot taps are closed no water will be supplied to the cold water inlet of the temperature limiting
device whilst hot water will continue to be supplied to the hot water inlet of the temperature limiting
These conditions may result in either water at a temperature exceeding the requirements of AS/NZS 3500.4
being delivered to the hot water outlets in the ablution areas, or the device closing completely and not
delivering water at all, or the device failing. Under either condition, the operation and performance of the
device cannot be guaranteed.
Circulated Hot Water Flow and Return - Continuous Flow Gas Water Heater