Water Water Everywhere

I turned on my shower at 6:43 this AM.

By 6:50 the water was tepid enough for me to enter the shower, after seven entire minutes of being ice cold. A few minutes later it was so hot that I had to adjust the temperature on the fly for a minute or so after that.

I know that we\’ve gotten a new boiler put in for my part of the building. Does anyone know if this is normal behavior for a new hot water heater? Some kind of odd on-demand boiler that only heats water when you need it? Anyone? Anything?

It just seems inefficient, especially when you consider that We The People do not pay the water bill in this particular apartment complex, not to mention the wastefulness of my running water for no purpose for seven minutes.








2 responses to “Water Water Everywhere”

  1. wadE Avatar

    I assume this new boiler is performing worse than the “old” boiler… that you only had to wait a minute or two in the past? There are on-demand hot water heaters, although I think they are generally only for homes (not high capacity for apartments). They work on the theory that the energy used in a quick heat up is less than the energy used for keeping water hot for extended periods of time. Either way, I don’t think this is normal and you should send feedback to the local landlord.

  2. alex Avatar

    Oh, feedback will be given after today’s escapade. I’m enjoying a nice shower (which incidentally was hot from the start), and then all of a sudden, with no warning: BAM! Ice cold water. Five minutes later it heats back up. I consider this not only unacceptable behavior from a boiler, but also a little bit cruel. Of course, if it weren’t happening to me I’d laugh, so it’s also clearly just a little bit funny.

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