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    water heater problems

    my water heater is not working properly. it gets reasonably hot, but not as hot as it should be. i turn on the hot water only and can step right in without it feeling uncomfortable. i went down and checked both thermostats and there were both set on 140 (i assume this is degrees), which should burn the crap out of a person.

    i cranked both of them up to the max (150) but no change in temp took place.

    it is an electric heater and the capacity should be effeciant for our apt. even if you are the first one to shower in the morning, the water doesn't come out "burn you hot" but comfortably warm.

    any ideas.



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    Re: water heater problems

    How old is it?


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    Re: water heater problems

    Sounds like you're getting a lot of calcium deposits. You're supposed to flush them every year or so(I never have). You can put in a new heating element fairly resonable and should buy you another 3 or 4 years.



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    Re: water heater problems

    If it's an apartment, call the landlord.



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    Re: water heater problems

    Are u only having this problem when using the shower or throughout the house? If its only the shower i'm guessing it the o-ring in your fixture has went bad and is allowing cold water in. If it's a Moen fixture they are known for this.


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    Re: water heater problems

    Quote Originally Posted by jtaconutz View Post
    If it's an apartment, call the landlord.
    you don't understand how landlords in carbondale il work. instead of fixing things they cover up or don't fix at all. we were supposed to get a new door, they just slapped on 1/4" plywood over theold door. we have been waiting on someone to look at our stove for 4 days (it doesn't work at all) their idea of fixing a drywall crack is puttin white spackle in the crack and not sanding or painting it.

    i'll take my chances fixing anything i can on my own whenever possible. thier maintanance guys are dunces.



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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBake View Post
    How old is it?
    im just renting. the house is really old but all the water heaters (for separate units) look fairly new. they are electirc



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    Re: water heater problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    Sounds like you're getting a lot of calcium deposits. You're supposed to flush them every year or so(I never have). You can put in a new heating element fairly resonable and should buy you another 3 or 4 years.
    how does one go about flushing calcium deposits? i would all but garauntee this has never been done. if it takes time or costs money landlords around here simply don't bother.



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    Quote Originally Posted by theyork View Post
    you don't understand how landlords in carbondale il work. instead of fixing things they cover up or don't fix at all. we were supposed to get a new door, they just slapped on 1/4" plywood over theold door. we have been waiting on someone to look at our stove for 4 days (it doesn't work at all) their idea of fixing a drywall crack is puttin white spackle in the crack and not sanding or painting it.

    i'll take my chances fixing anything i can on my own whenever possible. thier maintanance guys are dunces.

    Start reducing your rent until the problems are fixed.


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    Do what I do. Call twice a day, everyday until **** gets done! Plus, do what brianhos recommended, I did this about a year ago, and **** got done real fast and they never ask for the money I didn't pay.



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    Look over your lease dude. There likely is something in the fine print somewhere about the landlord's responsibility to maintain your rental. If they won't fix things reasonably and in a timely manner they are breeching your lease agreement and you probably would have reason to either get some rent reimbursement or just terminate the contract early with no consequences and find another place.


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    Re: water heater problems

    Quote Originally Posted by DevilDog View Post
    Are u only having this problem when using the shower or throughout the house? If its only the shower i'm guessing it the o-ring in your fixture has went bad and is allowing cold water in. If it's a Moen fixture they are known for this.
    sink doesn't get very hot either. must be the water heater.



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    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    Look over your lease dude. There likely is something in the fine print somewhere about the landlord's responsibility to maintain your rental. If they won't fix things reasonably and in a timely manner they are breeching your lease agreement and you probably would have reason to either get some rent reimbursement or just terminate the contract early with no consequences and find another place.
    yeah, about that. i am living as the third person in a place zoned for 2. i am not actually on the lease, so my rights are nill. not really in a position of bargaining.



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    Quote Originally Posted by theyork View Post
    yeah, about that. i am living as the third person in a place zoned for 2. i am not actually on the lease, so my rights are nill. not really in a position of bargaining.

    Then either replace the heating element in the heater yourself, or call a plumber and have then do it and just pay the bill yourself.


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    Re: water heater problems

    I had a problem with a crappy apartment manager last year when there was a water leak in the apt above me and it caused a hole in my bathroom ceiling. He fixed the leak right away, but it was probably 2 plus months until he fixed the ceiling. Finally, I left a note stating that 2 months was not a reasonable amount of time to have maintence done and that if he could not fix it I would hire someone to do it and send him the bill. It was fixed the next day.



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