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Old 03-29-2012, 09:21 AM   #1
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I live in the bottom unit of a 6 unit bldg. We have the filters and everything in a room off of our unit. We also have a breaker on our panel for the pump. I haven't tested it yet by shutting off the breaker (mainly due to long hours at work lately and nobody is awake when I am home), but is it possible/probable that the pump for the whole bldg is running off of our meter? There are 6 total units and 6 total meters outside, so there is no obvious meter for the pump circuit (plus the breaker is on OUR panel).

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Old 03-29-2012, 09:41 AM   #2
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Anything is possible...no one would be able to say for sure from here.

Does the main water line come into your apartment? Usually the pump feeder follows the main water line. If you can find the main water line, you could possibly follow the electric that runs with it.

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The main water line runs into our unit to the filters. I guess I am going to have to make the time to test it out.

Does anyone know if the state of NY has a code covering the wiring of pumps in a mulit-unit or if it is up to the owner?

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If every unit has it's own breaker panel and yours contains the breaker for the pump odds are that it is wired to your panel.

It's unlikely a pump on the bottom floor would be wired to floors above it.

How often does the pump run?

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However, pump could be referring to a Heat Pump. The way to check for this (if you aren't sure if you have a heat pump or not) is turn off the breaker labeled pump, and try to turn your heat on.
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The pump kicks on and off all times of the day (I am told by my wife) and at nights on weekends.

We don't have a heat pump. Everything is electric in our place (unfortunately).

I figured that there is no way to have the pump NOT wired to a unit without giving it it's own meter. I was told it is incorrect to have it wired to one of the units...unless the tenant knows about it - because I am thinking that my outrageous electric bills are due to my paying for the pump useage for the whole bldg. NOT a happy camper if this is the case....
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It sounds as if its a good bet. If you really wanted to be a .... you could turn the pump off and wait till someone calls. Then when someone calls to complain, you tell them that you didn't touch it, but then you can ask why the pump is on your panel. I don't recommend it, but you could.

Seriously, I'd call someone who could better tell you what your options are. Call an electrician, have him write out a report. Make sure he doesn't change anything, but he can write a report.
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As for your first option, I called our electric company and they recommended doing that, because according to them they will open an investigation....lol I think I might try to get an electrician over first. I have NO problem being an A-hole about it since I have been paying outrageous electric bills for (possibly) no reason.
Plus, the bldg has issues half the time anyway with the old pipes. I could go off on a LONG tangent, but in the interest of the forum I won't...lol

So I will try to get someone out, then (or in conjunction) I will try the other. I just wanted to make sure I am not missing something. I have had a well in a single-family, but never a mutli-unit so it is a wee bit more elaborate.

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What type of pump are we talking about?
There should be a meter for the building it self,hallway,exterior lights that's the panel it should be on.
So it is a sump pump?
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Its in the title of the thread
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Its in the title of the thread
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No, all the exterior lights are tied to units. We have all the downstairs lights, one front corner is attached to the adjacent unit, and so on.

I personally thing the whole place is wired badly. We go through light bulbs extremely fast too. They burn out in 1-2 months usually. But the well pump is the one thing I have no control over (well, I KINDA do...hehe)
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Man,if in fact the well is on your personal power box your about to have some serious issues!
I can see a court date in your future when you try getting compensated for all that money you've paid the utility for that pump.

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Is this a rental apartment or a condo that you own.

If an apartment check your lease to see if the pump usage is part of your responsibility.

If a condo, check the deed to see if it says anything about the pump usage.
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There is nothing in the lease about it. And as a matter of fact, the property manager AND the plumber (they have their own people) both told me specifically that we are NOT paying for everyone's water useage when i brought it up to them. Their identical (and quick) responses made me suspicious. Now I am going to do some serious digging.

I agree, there just might be a court date in my near future...or free rent

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