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This is a follow-up to my previous post on the mystery of excessive gas usage. Thanks to your responses, I kept urging the landlord to check leaks, etc. There was no good news until this morning when the plumber discovered that the sensor in the hot water heater had fallen off, that it was laying on the floor and not connected to anything. The hot water was at the scalding temperature of 160F! In other words, the digital setting of 100F was meaningless – the boiler never registered anything; it was never “satisfied” and it kept on heating up water to the hottest limit, summer and winter, 24/7.
This explains everything. It explains why the water was so darn hot since day one. Days after I moved in, I noticed that the hot water was crazy hot, so landlord and I changed the reading from 125 to 110, then 100. Water from the faucet remained super hot, but neither landlord nor I pursued the problem further. Most importantly, it explains why my gas consumption was 2-3 times more than that of previous tenants even in the summer months. That means a good $700-800 ABOVE what previous tenants paid in the past 6 months.
Now my question is: Should the landlord pay for the gas “wasted” in heating up the water from July 1 – Jan 16 (because he is responsible for the faulty/ non-functioning sensor)? He seems to be a reasonable guy, but when I told him briefly about this great new discovery over the phone, he didn't sound too positive. Before I sit down with him later this week for a serious discussion, I want to know exactly what my rights are and where I stand. THANKS!