Help. I'm on the top floor of a 102yr old NYC walkup. For a few years I've had heat problems, and it was fixed, more or less, when my super discovered that when the neighbor in the apt below me turns off his radiator below mine, mine also turns off. Is this possible?
The neighbor is in a 1brm with 2 radiators and 3 risers. I have only the 1 radiator--it's the only heat I get.
The super told him to keep his radiator on and open windows if nec so that I get heat. However, he (or his partner) is turning it off pretty regularly. We are friendly, and he says that he has had it on all season, but as soon as I text him that I have no heat, he replies, "ours is on" -- but within minutes, mine comes back on. I talked to the super again, and he doesn't seem to have much to say other than going to management. I told the neighbor this, and he said his has been on. When I mentioned something else, he then said, "I don't know, but turning my radiator off shouldn't turn yours off." At this point, after several times of my texting, his saying their radiator is on, but then my heat immediately coming back on (ie they reopened theirs), I feel like I'm being tortured. It's truly unpleasant.
Experts? Is it possible that this is happening, that his radiator can shut down mine? And next, if yes (which it seems to be, which means he's lying and making me suffer), is there some way it can be fixed, so that his can be off and mine can be on??? I've lived here 10years. I don't want to move. I also need to have heat.