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05:30AM | 07/26/05
Member Since: 07/25/05
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I live in a split ranch and my electric bill for the month of July is 3 times what it was last year. All of my appliances are new and my wife and I both work during the day.

The electric company checked the meter and said it was replaced recently and is in good shape.

The only thing I notice is a very hot spot in the lower level at the bottom of the stairs. The hot water heater is nearby and I'm wondering if that is the cause. No signs of water anywhere.

Any ideas if this is the problem and if so what could it be?


07:44AM | 07/26/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
I suspect that the warm spot is the same that it always has been, just that now you are looking for "problems" and noticed it.

Here are some possibilites of high electric usage.

A short in the water heater elements.

A tap by a neighbor - more common in duplex/row houses/appartments, but it has also been know to happen in standalone houses.

A well pump (or sewer pump) with a hole in the line so that they run all the time and just pump the water in a circle.

An pump with the emergency heating elements that are on all the time.

Turn off all "readily known" electrical equipment and look at the disc in the meter. It should be stop or barely moving. Because of things like door bell and furnace/AC transformsers, standby on TV and microwave clocks, etc it will probably not be stopped, but fairly slow moving. If not start fipping circuit breakers un note the affect on each on the rate of the disc and find out what is drawing the large amount of current.


08:50AM | 08/09/05
Member Since: 08/03/05
20 lifetime posts
what you're describing sounds alot like something that happened to me. My termite guy drilled thru my hot water pipe...causing my bill to go up and my floor to be warm, Eventually mine told on itself by water bubbling up in the back yard. maybe you have a busted pipe causing your water heater to run constantly. To check it out, turn off all your faucets and toilet valves and go look at your water meter. If its got a broken pipe


06:16AM | 08/10/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
If the hot spot is on a slab then you could have abusted hot water line under the floor. Chaeck your water meter with everything turned off. It should not be moving.

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