Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Leaky Water Heater

These are the pictures I took of the water leak, Monday morning:

Water leaking from the water tank (inside the enclosure)

Trickle of water  (I didn't realize that one of the garden cats is also in the picture!)

At least the water heater is no longer located inside the house and I don't have to deal with a puddle of water inside the house!

At least it flows to the garden 

At least, some of it goes to the garden; the rest, pool on the other side of the wall:

The rest of the water flows in the other direction

Where it collects and pools!

The replacement part arrived this morning.  The repair person is supposed to come out this afternoon, before 4:00 p.m.  It is almost 2:00 p.m., now.


  1. I hope you get to take a hot shower tonight. :)

    1. Well, the repair person didn't come out till after 5:00 p.m., by which time I was pretty upset and had called the company twice! The first time I called, it was 3:45 p.m. and they said they tried to get a hold of him but couldn't, but left a message for him to call and they will call back when they heard from him. When I didn't hear back from anyone, I called again at 4:30 p.m., by which time, the company had closed for the day. So I left a message on their voice mail saying I was very upset because I stayed home from work and now it looks like I might have to stay home from work another day, etc. Then, the repair guy called at 5:00 p.m. and said he was on his way - he showed up around 5:30 p.m.

      He said it wasn't the water heater - it was because my water pressure was too high! The regulator up in the front needs to be replaced, he said. I could either get my plumber to do it (except I don't really have a plumber, as such) or they could do it, it would cost about $350. Sigh. I told him to go ahead and do it, so he will put in the work order and I will need to schedule it. Hopefully, they can come over tomorrow, since I already arranged to work from home, tomorrow, too.

      In the meantime, he managed to relight the pilot light and the gas flame came on - the air vents had been blocked by soggy insulation! He had to clean out the air vents for the flame to light. He also put an old washing machine hose to direct the leaky water away from the heater. Which means we can't close the door shut! BUT, I should have hot water by tonight to take a shower! :)

      I called the company back and said the repairman did show up, after all, to set the record straight.

  2. Keeping fingers crossed for you. Hope it is inexpensively fixed soon. LM x

    1. Thanks, Lyssa. Apparently, it is not the water heater itself, but the pressure regulator which needs to be replaced. I will be getting a quote, tomorrow, but the guy said it would be about $350. We'll see.

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    1. Thank you, Judy. At least, it is only a water leak and not a flood and not inside the house!


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