WATER HEATER RECICULATING PUMP TIMERS SCHEDULING – IS THAT REALLY LEGAL?
QUESTION: The new president installed a timer on the water heater recirculating pump so that hot water only circulates during the hours of 6-10 am & 5-10 pm. During the remaining hours, it is necessary to open the water faucet a long time to obtain hot water. The timed schedule does not support owners with alternate lifestyle/work careers. Is it legal?
ANSWER: Yes, it’s legal. No one is being deprived of hot water–it’s only delayed getting to the faucet. The board has the authority to regulate the common areas for the benefit of the membership. That includes regulating the recirculating pump to save electricity. The trade-off is wasted water. It should be noted that installing a timer is the board’s decision, not the president’s.
RECOMMENDATION: With enough feedback, members might persuade the board to remove the timer. If that does not work, members can elect new directors who agree with their wishes.
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