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Old 06-02-2013, 11:55 PM
 
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Are you able to take a shower in your home while the washing machine is running (without the water temperature changing suddenly)?

The reason I'm asking...

I am currently considering making an offer to buy a certain condo unit. However, one question mark is that the water heater is not located in the unit. The water heater is located in the building's laundry room directly below.

According to the realtor, here are some positives:
1) The monthly water & water heating bill for this unit are fully paid by the condo association.
2) Any water heater leak will not flood the condo unit.
3) Also, the condo board will pay for the eventual water heater servicing & replacement.
4) Since there's no water heater in the unit, there is a little extra storage space.

The realtor said having hot water shouldn't be a problem since the two washers wouldn't use that many gallons of hot water at once. So I shouldn't have a lack of hot water (unless I take extra long showers and deplete the tank).

The thing I worry about is the water temperature dropping suddenly. I remember in an old place I once lived: a roommate would yell & curse aloud in the shower if the toilet was flushed in the half-bathroom.

Would you live in a place that you'd have to share the water heater (in exchange for the positives listed above)?

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Old 06-03-2013, 06:23 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Are you able to take a shower in your home while the washing machine is running...
It's nice if/when you can...
but unreasonable to expect it to happen whoever owns the WH.

Of note: a condo with laundry in the unit is very rare today.
If it's an old building beware.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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That whole scenario can be eliminated with "scald-proof" valves. Almost all newer tub/shower valves are now equipped with such.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:00 AM
 
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If it's an old building beware.
Built it 1978. Updated exterior (looks modern), but an inspection would let me know the true condition of the building.

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That whole scenario can be eliminated with "scald-proof" valves. Almost all newer tub/shower valves are now equipped with such.
Great idea!

A negative about this particular condo unit is: no washer/dryer hookups inside this condo unit, so many other buyers would instantly pass. However, no W/D isn't a dealbreaker for me.

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Old 06-03-2013, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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What type of water heater is it? Gas or electric? How large is it? For the most part, no one will likely be doing laundry, when you take a shower during weekdays, assuming you do so early in the morning. Weekends may be different. For the inspection, I'd try an experiment. Turn on the shower and then go down and start a washer using hot water. See how the temp changes. If you can live with it, then don't let it be a deal breaker.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Palm Coast FL
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How many people would use the washer/dryer? Are they front load, low water volume ones or do they use a lot of water? I can shower when my washer is running, but I only have 1 front loader. If people were washing several loads in a row in 2 old washers, maybe not. How big is the water heater? Not paying for water or electric would be great though!!
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Those newer pressure balanced shower valves are great to keep the water temps constant. All of our showers have it and it is wonderful compared to our prior house. I would look into installing one of them if the hot water pressure is a problem when the washers are in use. Main thing is to see if there is easy access to the back of the shower so it can be changed out without tearing apart the shower surround.

Good luck!
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:16 AM
 
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Go door to door and ask the neighbors if this is a problem or not.

Depending on the design of the plumbing, it could be a big problem or might not be a problem at all.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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The realtor said having hot water shouldn't be a problem since the two washers wouldn't use that many gallons of hot water at once. So I shouldn't have a lack of hot water (unless I take extra long showers and deplete the tank).
HOW could the realtor possibly know this? He or she is telling you what you want to hear.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:53 PM
 
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yes; but I have lived in aprtments when young that you could and have constant hot water tempture.
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