Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Hot Water

Milady likes hot water when she showers and here lately the water heater has been tripping a breaker infrequently. It's an electric model as we live in an all-electric house. Tonight was the third night in as many weeks that the breaker was tripped.

Milady loves her hot water. PawPaw is fond of hot water showers also. I looked online and it looks like I can hie myself down to Lowes or Homey Depot and pick up a water heater for about $400.00.

I detest Home Depot, so that's not really an issue. I'll call around tomorrow and see if I can find a better price. On Saturday, I'll replace the water heater.


At least it didn't wait until the opening morning of deer season before it went out.


J said...

Turn off the juice to the heater and check the connections on the heating elements. Also make sure the little controller boxes for the elements are flat against the tank.

Anonymous said...

Try replacing the upper element. Cheap and easy to do. Intermittently tripping the breaker often indicates a defect in the upper element. Email me if you want the full explanation.

Zdogk9 said...

At least it didn't wait until the opening morning of deer season before it went out.

Playing plumber on opening day really sucks. As others have said, "check the elements first"

Rivrdog said...

Time to upgrade. Put in a propane tank behind the house somewhere, and run a line to a Rinnai or other tankless-type heater. You'll be glad you did.

Anonymous said...

Tankless water heater. Never run out of hot water again. Never. Mine was paid for in about two and a half years with the saving over the power to run a tank type heater. A little hassle now for a lot of hot water later.

Gerry N.