Hot water issues in an apt? normal?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Every apartment I’ve ever lived in had separate hot water heaters for each apartment. Do you have one in yours? You may need to have someone adjust the temp. I’d definitely bring it up to your apartment manager. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@MissCountryGirl727:  +1.

There should be a water heater inside your apt, check if you can adjust the hot water temp and also there should be a date of installation on the heater. If it’s been more than say 12-15 yrs, than it needs to be replaced and that’s the cause for your hot water problems.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Water pressure issues can arise based on how water flows through the house from the street so kind of comes along with apartment living. The heat of the water however should be controlled by your hot water heater. Do you pay for heat? If you pay for heat, then you pay for hot water and you should be able to have your hot water heater looked at to see if that can be fixed. Unless the whole building is controlled by a central unit, then you are probably out of luck as the landlord controls it and it’s shared by all units. That would suck.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’ve lived in a few apartments and it’s been split, half the time our unit had it’s own water heater others were shared in the building.  Right now I live in an older building and the water is like that…it cuts out, doesn’t heat up sometimes.  It’s got a mind of its own.  That not uncommon at all around here (there are a lot of older buildings).

I should note that in this city landlords always pay for water, they can’t charge tenats for it.  So maybe that’s why we’re all used to putting up with it.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Chapssstick:  Yeah we live in an old building that has this same issue, but it’s a LOT larger than this.  It’s so frustrating.  There is absolutely nothing we can do about it, because our leasing/management office doesn’t care and we don’t pay utilities directly to the company, it gets paid through the management office, so we don’t have an account we can file a complaint through…

In your next place look for units that have individual heaters.  I’d always lived somewhere where this was the case prior to this.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Chapssstick:  Despite the above postings, you won’t necessarily have a hot water heater inside your apartment. I think you would have noticed it by now. We live in a strata apartment and our boiler is in the basement.

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@Chapssstick:  Then I go by what @julies1949: says about there being a boiler in your basement. I think smaller apt buildings like yours should be serviced by one boiler rather than each unit having their own water heater (like my building, which has 100 something units). Good luck!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I live in a large complex (100 units) and don’t have a water heater in my APT. But in 4 years have only twice had issues with water not getting warm enough..usually it’s too warm. Turning the tap to as hot as it can go results in near boiling water it seems, but I’d rather have that than no hot water. There’s not much I can do about it though since my water is included in my rent and I have no control over the temperature settings etc.

I’ve also never noticed any pressure issues. But my building is not that old…maybe 9-10 years old. A much older building, I could see it being a more normal problem.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

You pay rent – you do not need to put up with it.
Send a note to your landlord and describe the issue in detail.

Our boiler was in the basement and we shared it with several other units. The demand for hot water vaired, so if someone ran the kitchen sink or took a shower elsewhere it would dimish our hot water supply.

You may need to figure out the best timing for your showers, and keep them short to avoid tempurature changes.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Try shifting your shower schedule to a less popular time of day when people are either less likely to be home or less likely to be using the shower as well.  Morning showers are probably out unless you get up super early (<5am) or sleep in (>9am).  You can complain about it but I don’t think they are required to do anything about it unfortunately.  Check your local landlord tenant laws for California since every state has different rights/responsibilities.

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