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No heating

Our apartment may have been new when we moved in last year, but it still had a lot of problems. I wrote about this once before, and also since then we have had a lot smaller issues. There seems to be something at least every other week! Typical of Chinese-quality apartments, I know that, but it is still a nuisance. Especially when you realize this is a high-end apartment, where you expect that these things would not happen all the time. Last night we once again had a problem.

On Friday night my wife and I decided not to go out, but spend a night at home watching a movie (does not happen often anymore, we are both too busy) and eat and drink some nice food. So my wife went to Carrefour and bought among others french bread, croissants, different cheeses, a tin of caviar, salmon, and a bottle of champagne. I went out to buy a few DVD’s (The Holiday, Click and Blood Diamond), and we sat down in front of the TV around 9 PM.

But suddenly we realized it had become a bit chilly in our apartment. I checked the temperature, and that had dropped to 18 degrees. My wife then went outside to the waterheater and she noticed it was not working. Because we have floor heating that uses hot water, the heating system did not work anymore either. We restarted the system, but that did not help. We pushed different buttons and turned valves, but nothing seemed to make a difference. So finally we called the repair service, but they were fully booked until Saturday afternoon.

Luckily we still have an airconditioning system that can also heat, so we turned that on. We had not tried it before, and were glad at least that worked. Within a few minutes the house was warm again. I was a bit worried about not having hot water (I hate taking a cold shower in winter), but it turned out that we have two water heating systems, so that you can take a shower in different bathrooms at the same time. We found that the one that controls the heating is a different one from the one that regulates the water temperature in our main bathroom, so at least there we have hot water.

We still had a nice – and warm – evening, but it is annoying that these things happen all the time.

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