A customer recently wrote in to the Bronx plumbers of Roto-Rooter about a water temperature issue she was experiencing in her apartment. The temperature of the water coming out of her sink was about ten degrees colder than it should be (120°F) and her shower water was even colder. She was aware that her boiler was set at 165°F, but was unsure what was causing the water temperatures to fluctuate.
Our plumbers were able to narrow down the cause to a few potential plumbing problems. One possible cause was a cross connection between the hot and cold sides of the water system, which can occur through a bad bathroom, shower or kitchen sink faucet. This generally happens because of the recirculation on the hot water side (apartment buildings typically will add this type of system when trying to maintain the water flow at 120°F). Another cause could’ve been that there was a leak in the faucet’s diaphragm, which would cause the cold water to mix with the hot water, ultimately lowering the water’s overall temperature.
Lastly, it could have been due to the location of her apartment. If her apartment was hooked up last on the hot water system and the pipes were not properly insulated, there would be heat loss. Regardless of how much water is run in an apartment complex, if the water is mixed in the boiler at 120°F in the circulation system, the temperature will be lower.
These were only a few potential causes and our Bronx plumbers ended up doing a service call to properly diagnose the issue. After a few faucet tests in various locations, our plumbers were able to address the problem, which ended up being a recirculation issue.
If you are experiencing a similar situation, our Bronx plumbers would be happy to assist you. To schedule service with one of our skilled plumbing technicians call (718) 250-9230 or visit our Bronx plumber web site for additional information and online scheduling.
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