Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hot Water, Hydro Bills, and Heater Cores

I mentioned in the previous blog post about our water heater. Lately we seem to be running shy on hot water in the mornings. We've always bugged Blake about his loooooooooong showers, but it was getting a bit ridiculous when there was only enough hot water for one person to shower. Jon suspected the element in the hot water tank was dying. Last weekend he checked it out and said he might be able to just replace the element. (Wahoo! That's cheaper than buying a whole tank!)

Fast forward to THIS weekend. Jon has looked into the matter a little more deeper and has discovered the hot water heater is toast.

(Pause here for a moment so I can have a little bit of a breakdown.............)

(........still losin' it...... just hang on another second or two..............)

OK, I'm back.....

Apparently there was a gross amount of corrosion and hard water sediment, and Jon said that the heater is garbage. So Jon and Jake went and purchased a hot water heater. ($$...Cha-ching...$$)

Lately I have really been annoyed at the terribly high hydro bills we have been receiving, and I can't understand why they're so high. If we're not in a room, the lights are out; we heat with a woodstove, so there's no expense with the electric baseboard heaters; now, yes, I cheat and use the clothes dryer rather than the clothes line, but my bills STILL shouldn't be so costly! Anyways, Jon feels that perhaps this little ol' water heater has been working overtime down there in the basement and is maybe a contributing factor to the high hydro bills. I am praying that this is the case and over the next few months I see a drastic drop in figures on the Hydro One TOTAL INVOICE line.

And speaking of heat, the hole in my car's heater core has just gotten larger and is now leaking Prestone. For those who haven't experienced a hole in your heater core, it creates steam inside your car and your windows fog up and you can't see where you're going and the defrost won't clear the window and your car stinks like Prestone and you wanna cry because you're having a Murphy's Law day!!!!!!! And to top it off, inhaling Prestone fumes is probably NOT the best thing for my headache!

So, in accordance with my blog description at the top, I have a few things to add:
When the valley is deep, when the mountain is steep, when the body is weary, when we stumble and fall.....when the water heater corrodes, when the heater core goes, when the hydro bills are high, when you just can't find your longjohns..........In Jesus name, press on.

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