Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Broken Water Heater!

Well, the water heater broke, and started leaking all over the basement floor.  Thankfully, we spotted it early, as it happened on the weekend when we were working in the basement.  The water heater is 12 years old.  They should last to 15 years, but you never know how it was treated by the prior owners.  There were warning signs that it was going bad, but I hadn't really understood them as this is our first house.  There were a couple inexplicably cold showers, and we'd had to turn up the burners on it because it wasn't getting water hot enough anymore for even two people to take a shower.

Apparently, you should drain the sediment out of your water heater every spring to extend its life.  Who knew?  We'll take better care of the new one.

A new water heater is expensive, but not a huge cost in the grand scheme of things.  In the category of "big permanent fixtures that you have to deal with in a house but not an apartment", this is one of the cheapest.  Plus, we've had a rather high gas bill this winter, and a new energy efficient one might actually save us money in the long run.  And we have super hot water for our visitors this weekend - Ben's parents are coming to help us.  Since Ben's dad is a contractor, we have every confidence that he's the best person to help us with some very tricky projects.


  1. I think water heaters are a wise investment, even though they unfortunately break down once in a while. You'll never guess which way the weather will go at this point, and even if you do, you wouldn't sense how wildly it would swing in between hot and cold. It's really sad that you were burdened by that kind of mishap, but I guess that it is fine time to get something more efficient and suitably priced. Stay away from the needlessly expensive, because that is a burden you do not have to bear. Thanks for sharing that! All the best!

    Monique Wells @ Metro Heating

  2. That's true! Energy-efficient heaters will serve you well in the long run. Coupled with the learned lessons from what happened to the heater that broke, and you are definitely going to have a heater that is built to last, and you'll be able to make sure of it. Anyway, I hope Ben’s dad was able to help you with that project. Good luck!

    Lane Pemberton @ Metcalfe HVAC