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Old 02-24-2014, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Maybe your landlord will allow you to put the water heater on a timer? So it's off for 6 hours or so in the middle of the night?
This typically doesn't help. The water heater doesn't run constantly, it just runs often enough to keep the water at the desired temperature. A modern water heater will only run a few minutes an hour to maintain the temperature. But if you shut it off for a period of time it will have to run constantly for awhile to reattain the operating temperature.
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:04 PM
 
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I am not an electrician - so folks please correct me - the water heater does not keep a constant temperature. It has to heat everything up to set peak temperatures twice per day.
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:17 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Mine keeps a constant temperature... no twice a day thing.
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Bend Or.
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I am not an electrician - so folks please correct me - the water heater does not keep a constant temperature. It has to heat everything up to set peak temperatures twice per day.
Nope that is not correct, the water heater maintains a set temp.

If you do find out the water heater is not working correctly, try to get the landlord to spring for a heat pump water heater such and the GE geospring. They are super efficient. They run about $1000 but very often there is a state or utility company rebate that cuts that is half or more. In some areas the rebates end up making them free.

There is a slight noise to them about like a microwave so that needs to be taken into account. The only other downside in some areas is they do emit some cold air, but being in Florida that is mostly a good thing.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:40 PM
 
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You could shut everything off and check to see if your meter is still spinning. If you are in an apartment, is there an outlet in a nearby apartment running through your panel/meter? Could the meter could be defective?
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