Hot Water Heater?

Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by D_Tintagel_Demondong, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. D_Tintagel_Demondong

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2005
    Messages:
    4,055
    Likes Received:
    8
    The water that comes out of my hot water heater is almost boiling. I live in an apartment and can't control it's temperature.

    I have a question: why can't I just use the hot water from my tap to make a tea instead of going to all the effort of boiling it in a kettle? Is there something wrong with the water in the water heater?

    Actually, I usually put it in a ceramic mug and nuke it. I guess many people in Europe have those under-the-counter instant water heaters.
     
  2. D_Gunther Snotpole

    D_Gunther Snotpole Account Disabled

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2005
    Messages:
    14,610
    Likes Received:
    5
    u got sumpin against over-the-sink?
     
  3. jason_els

    jason_els <img border="0" src="/images/badges/gold_member.gi

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2004
    Messages:
    10,576
    Likes Received:
    25
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Warwick, NY, USA
    Depending upon your love of tea, not all teas should be made with boiling water. Many teas are better brewed at near-boiling.

    I would, however, suggest testing your hot water tap with a cooking thermometer and check its temp. Most municipalities have laws about the temperature at which water exits the tap to prevent accidental scalding (remember Princess Margaret?). If it is too high, then suggest to the landlord that lowering it might save you some effort and save your landlord some money, unless of course, you like it that hot.
     
  4. SpoiledPrincess

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2006
    Messages:
    8,167
    Likes Received:
    29
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    england
    It depends what kind of hot water tank you have, if its a covered system there's no reason I can think of that you can't use it if it's hot enough, like Jason said some teas need boiling water, some don't.
    People used to say don't drink water out of the hot water tank in case there's a dead rat in it, not sure if the dead rat is an urban legend dead rat.
     
  5. MickeyLee

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2008
    Messages:
    11,779
    Likes Received:
    1,786
    Location:
    neverhood
    because hot or warmer water has been sitting in the pipes longer giving chemicals and icky more time to leach from all the various tubes and pipes and seals and hardware. i think the rule started when lead solder was commonly used, so newer homes (1996 and up) might be safer. ya still have to worry about the lead in some brass fixtures.

    something like letting the tap run for a couple of minutes if you haven't used it in the last 6 hours.


    i am so freaked/grossed out by the rat idea :eek:

    i can't find the pukey emoticon :frown1:

    eta: electric kettle. best invention in all of inventiondom. boils water in less than 25 seconds. and makes darth vador wooshshh sounds. *rat flashback* is made of glass, no dead rat obscuring parts.
     
    #5 MickeyLee, Dec 12, 2009
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2009
  6. jpk338

    jpk338 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Messages:
    856
    Likes Received:
    271
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    West Palm Beach (FL, US)
    hot water heater................if the water is hot why would you want to heat it????????????????????
     
  7. SpoiledPrincess

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2006
    Messages:
    8,167
    Likes Received:
    29
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    england
    Yes mickey lee, but do you ever wonder if a spider fell into your kettle overnight ;-)
     
  8. MickeyLee

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2008
    Messages:
    11,779
    Likes Received:
    1,786
    Location:
    neverhood
    i would develop spider senses and super human strength? *goes off to practice web slinging.*

    spider mickey, spider mickey.. does whatever a spider can.....

    ml
    is not thinking about spiders, is not thinking about spiders, is not... is totally thinking about spiders.
     
  9. D_Tintagel_Demondong

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2005
    Messages:
    4,055
    Likes Received:
    8
    Instead of boiling cold water, I was wondering what was wrong with just using the hot water from the tap. It's hot enough to make a tea/coffee.
     
  10. SpoiledPrincess

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2006
    Messages:
    8,167
    Likes Received:
    29
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    england
    you can do that rec, if its got any dead rat germs in the boiling will kill them off
     
  11. StaffnRod

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2008
    Messages:
    2,481
    Likes Received:
    330
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Never Never Land
    Simply put- most HW heaters are set less than 180F degrees..
    If you want to insure bacteria free - Boil it after the Faucet Tap
    .. Wa La .. its then completely free of anything
    (coming from a longtime Bldg. Contractor)
    .. just my 2 cents
     
  12. D_Portelay Porquesword

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2008
    Messages:
    3,107
    Likes Received:
    5
    The water here in So Calif tends to be hard, as a result I filter the tap water and heat it in a tempered glass tea pot in the microwave. I never use metal pots either, the water just never tastes as good to me.
     
  13. vince

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2007
    Messages:
    14,785
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    538
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Asia
    Because it's nasty. :rolleyes::biggrin1: What kind of an Ontarian are you that you don't know how to make tea??

    Mickey is right about the metals and stuff leaching out. Also it loses negative ions and oxygen and there are a few critters that can survive 180 degrees.

    The tea isn't as good either. It tastes flat when made with hot water tank water. Taste the water from the hot side and then from the cold side. The cold side is fresher right? It makes a difference in the tea as well.
     
  14. B_Lightkeeper

    B_Lightkeeper New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2006
    Messages:
    5,553
    Likes Received:
    45
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Eastern Alabama
    As an RVer, I've been called down several times in referring to having a "hot water heater" so now I try and remember to just call it a water heater. LOL
     
  15. Deno

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2006
    Messages:
    4,771
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    27
    You can't boil off rat tails and whiskers though.

    Things settle to the bottom of a water tank that are not normally found in cold water, It's why they suggest you flush your water tank several times a year. I haven't done it yet but have been meaning to get around to it.
    If I'd go down and flush out the tank right now it would probably look like muddy water coming out at first.
     
    #15 Deno, Dec 12, 2009
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2009
  16. slurper_la

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2008
    Messages:
    5,350
    Albums:
    2
    Likes Received:
    713
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Los Angeles (CA, US)
    the open-air boiling point for water at sea level is 212` F. I sincerely doubt your hot tap water comes close to that.

    In the states, health laws generally dictate hot tap water to be between 110` - 118`F.

    That said, I often drink hot tap water, sometimes with a bit of honey or lemon - it's very soothing. Doing so with tea is really no different; afterall you're essentially just flavoring the water.
     
  17. Northland

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2007
    Messages:
    6,082
    Likes Received:
    4
    Yuck! I can't stand tea. Not even Dandy Fucking Don Meredith could get me to drink the damn Lipton Tea (in flow through bag) nor was I impressed by the tiny little tea leaves in Tetley Tea. There is the occasional good pot of tea at the Japanese or Chinese restaurant, and a few of the fruit flavored ones are okay, but horribly weak in flavor.

    At any rate, I don't tend towards tea, however, I use the hot from the tap for instant coffee quite often. I live in a place (NYC) where watermains break regularly, spewing all manner of gunk into the system. I run the water, if it's clear I go with it. Haven't become ill from it yet. I also use the warm from the tap to rinse my mouth after I brush my teeth to get the excess paste off my tongue and sometimes swallow some of that water. Again, no healthy issues.

    The added advantage of using the tap is you don't have to add costs to your gas or electric-this is why it's also wise to have a street lamp outside at least one room in your home, so you are able to read for free at night.
     
  18. Rikter8

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2005
    Messages:
    4,488
    Albums:
    3
    Likes Received:
    51
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    MI
    So, your saying that a water heater thermostat couldn't ever be bad and raise the temperature to close that level?

    I've seen water heaters go bad and spit out boiling hot water and steam because the thermostat is shot, and it keeps heating and heating until eventually it ruptures - IF..IF the safety blow off valve is all old corroded and never maintained. (think about it... how often do you purge your tank and check your valve?)

    If the water is good in your area, I'd just use whats out of the tap - but your right - you should check the temperature and notify your landlord.

    It's no skin off of his nose. If anything He'll be saving money on reduced heat/electric.
     
  19. DaveyR

    DaveyR Retired Moderator
    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2006
    Messages:
    11,908
    Likes Received:
    8
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Northumberland
    Jeez - you can't even use the cold water here even if you're going to boil it in the kettle. Even the dog gets bottled water.
     
  20. vince

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2007
    Messages:
    14,785
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    538
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Asia
    You are right about that. I had a bad thermostat on my electric/solar system last year and the faucet was spitting steam and very hot water.

    Rex said he lives in a building with a central hot water system so he has no control of the temp. Be careful of this. My friend in college got badly burned while taking a shower. When someone flushed the toilet and the cold water flow dropped, he got a blast of scalding hot water on his chest.
     
Draft saved Draft deleted