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Heating Water in the Winter? 2019/12/14 23:11
Hello,

I just recently moved to my own apartment in Bunkyo and it's my first winter here. I'm freezing and will set off tomorrow to buy a small heater to place on my TV stand; howsoever, my issue is the water. I can't seem to heat it up, no matter how much I try. This is the menu for my bath: https://imgur.com/a/oKXBL0X

Is there any way to heat up the water in the entire apartment? It's so cold that I can barely function and it has had negative impacts on me mentally already. Or is there a way for me to simply get a contract with a gas company to heat the water in the entire house individually? I know this may be a stupid question but I've been feeling so horrible these past days without taking a proper shower as I'm used to because I'm freezing so much and got very sick.
by ooochanya  

Re: Heating Water in the Winter? 2019/12/15 11:47
Is there any way to heat up the water in the entire apartment? It's so cold that I can barely function and it has had negative impacts on me mentally already. Or is there a way for me to simply get a contract with a gas company to heat the water in the entire house individually?

From the picture you posted, the gas boiler works normally. When you draw water from the hot water tap, cold water comes first and then it turns hot after a while. How long will it take depends on the specific apartment. One thing to check is whether "R" indicator light up. If no, then you might draw wrong tap (cold water that is). In any case this type of gas boiler is quite common in Japan, so you can ask someone around you to check what is wrong.

As for the room temperature, do you have electric air-conditioner in your apartment? Many Japanese use this to heat the room.
by frog1954 rate this post as useful

Re: Heating Water in the Winter? 2019/12/15 11:54
Another possibility with the gas boiler is that the gas company did not open the main plug so no gas is provided to the boiler. If the "R" indicator did not light up, you should contact with the gas company (or the landlord).
by frog1954 rate this post as useful

Re: Heating Water in the Winter? 2019/12/15 12:50
The water heater takes time to heat up the water, 15-30 sec depending on your heating system.
you need to let the water run for a while until it heat up.

As mentioned by frog1954 , check if "R" indicator light turn on when you turn on the water tap.
If it light up, then the heater is operating. If not, then something is faulty, no gas supply etc.
Check if the gas supply? Is the valve open?

Best check with person who your landlord/real estate. Then check with gas utility company.

Don't know if it help or not ..

user manual (in Japanese) in case you don't have it.
http://s-yassan.xsrv.jp/zu/GQ-2437WS-set-s.pdf

some video clips on how to operate the controller.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vZwyN1P4V4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DftrVQiFnMo

heating in japan
http://www.survivingnjapan.com/2010/11/guide-to-heaters-in-japan.html
http://www.survivingnjapan.com/2012/07/use-air-conditioner-japan.html
by @.. (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Heating Water in the Winter? 2019/12/16 17:31
I'm sure you are renting the apartment instead of owning it. In that case, discuss it with your landlord. Your landlord is supposed to help you on issues like these. It would also help if a real person could actually feel the water and see if it's warm enough in Japanese standards, while showing you the way to use it effectively so that you will "feel" warm. In any case, 42 degrees sounds too cold for someone who wasn't aware that winter is cold. May I suggest 44 for someone like you.

I'm more concerned about your new heater, though. Typically, you don't place heaters "on a TV stand". I hope you bought something to place on your floor or your wall.

Anyway, it's crazy that you've lived without a heater in Tokyo up to now. I hope you have a cozy winter. Take care.
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: Heating Water in the Winter? 2019/12/18 10:59
if you can't get this issue fixed quickly, I recommend you to look for public baths. there are various in your -ku. i know it's a hassle having to deviate from home to go take a bath somewhere else, but at least you get to be clean while this issue resolves. on the bright side, public baths can be a very nice a experience :)

take care!
by jufo (guest) rate this post as useful

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