Thursday, January 7, 2016

WHOO-HOO! New Water Heater Installed!

Our great neighbor and dear family friend, Mike The Plumber, had the old one out, and the new one in, in under an hour.

Hey, he's a Professional, so don't try this at home!

He also replaced the inlet/outlet flex pipes, as the old ones were crummy, and new ones are CHEEP!

The old, dead unit is laying in the driveway now, and we'll haul it out later to have the city pick it up.

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  1. Excellent! Glad you got your hot water supply back in time for Saturday nights... :)

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  2. Yeah, I was stunned how fast he did it.

    I had to got to Walgreen's and pick up a prescription, and then stop at my credit union, typically a 40~45 minute round trip, and he was finished when I got back home!

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  3. Nothing like having a professional do that sort of thing. I've watched how quickly plumbers and electricians can do a job compared to me - they're often 10x faster. On some jobs, I figure I can do it as well and not that much slower, but then there's that chance of emergency room fees...

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    1. Or the risk of flooding the place when it comes to plumbing!

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  4. I had water running from under the garage door one morning and discovered the water heater was leaking from the upper heating element gasket. The tank was also rusted so the tank replacement. We purchased it from a local appliance dealer who also offered installation. I killed the power, shut off the water supply and drained the old one while I waited for them. They showed up, hauled off the old, and installed the new. The lead installer was more of a talker than doer, and his apprentice was soldering a new fitting that would take a Sharkbite. It leaked when they started filling and had to drain and start over. When they were done soldering, they left a huge blob of solder on the fitting. While the tank was filling, the lead guy turned on the power before the tank was full saying "it'll take a couple hours to heat before it can be used" and left.
    I bet they were barely out of sight when the top element burned the gasket and began to leak again (without being immersed in water, it had gotten way too hot). It also blew the element.
    It still took them two hours to get another new one, and replace it. Down here, water heaters only last five years because the water is so hard.

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    1. I'm hoping this new heater will way outlast our remaining time here, especially since we have a whole-house water filtration and softening system installed.

      When I was little we had to replace the heater in my parent's place a couple of times (about 5 years each) because the water was very hard. After my Dad had the water softener installed, I don't ever remember needing another heater, and it must have been 20+ years.

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  5. That's a major chore out of the way, and accomplished with a minimum of expense and disruption to your routine. Well done!

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  6. Yep, only 36 hours without hot water!

    Thinking about how that one minor disruption affected us, going through a "grid down" scenario lasting weeks, or months, would surely have a LOT of urban dwellers going completely bonkers.

    We tried to give Mike some $$, but he refused. I have, however, completely rebuilt his two desktop computers in the last year, and did a complete restore and clean-up on his laptop, so the balance might be close to "even"!

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