Post # 1
This is the first time my FI and I have lived together in an apt so we don’t know what is normal! There are 6 units in our building, and we do not pay for water/hot water (it’s included in our rent). We have been having issues with hot water during showers: either it never gets hotter than “warm” or it goes freezing for 30 seconds at a time. It seems like it does this when other units are showering/flushing/etc bc I can see the water pressure changing and hear it coming from other units.
This can’t just be a part of living in an apt, is it?? I told my FI that we should complain but he seems to think that we should just suck it up because no other units have complained about it… What would you do?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
@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 # 8
@Jewelieee: I am pretty sure there is no water heater in our unit. I have looked an its very small so there’s no where it could be hiding. Maybe there’s a utility room somewhere? I will have to ask.
@jny1179: We don’t pay for heat, so it possibly may be a shared heater? idk. i will ask.
@Kit_Kath: It’s sad that you have to ‘put up with it’. no one should have to take freezing showers 🙁
@ebarnes0: I feel you, it sucks!
Thanks for all the tips, guys. I told my FI that we need to talk to the management and see what they can do!
Post # 9
@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
@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
- 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
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
- 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.
Post # 14
@beachbride1216: We did adjust our time and its still happening. I wondered if maybe its not because of peak usage because my FI took one this morning and I could hear other units running water and he said it was fine
Update: I decided to notify management and they sent someone over today. Didn’t say anything about the water heater. He said it may be the fixture in the shower itself that is causing issues, although I somehow find that doubtful. Glad to see they responded fast! ahh apartment living…