Saturday, January 19, 2008

Guess What Scout Did Today

I am convinced that The Universe waits for the worst possible time to suck the life out of appliances.

What was supposed to be a ten dollar fix for a heating element ended up costing us almost $400 for a brand new water heater and installation accessories.

Recently, we've had to reset the water heater on a daily basis just to have enough hot water for two showers. Our certified heating and cooling neighbor came over with a fancy voltmeter (or something like that) and said it was the bottom heating element.

Yeah, if only it could be that simple. The problem was that because of all the rust and sediments, the element was permanently attached to the water heater; there was no removing it.

So Scout ventured to Lowe's and came back with something more energy efficient (and much prettier than the 1984 model that is now sitting in our front yard, waiting to be taken to the recycling center).


Nicole said...

$400 sounds good to me! I know it sucks to shell out dollars for that kind of thing, but we got taken on a hot water heater in Georgia about a year 1/2 ago. It decided to burst at about 11pm so I had to pay bucco bucks for the plummer and then too much for the heater itself. Argh!

Anonymous said...

Now I know the problem with the electric bill. It's your house.
All-electric homes are the devil.