On Wednesday, I discovered that I didn't have any hot water! The water heater pilot light had gone off! I didn't make the discovery until after I had watched the inauguration and some of the coverage of the events that took place immediately afterwards. I checked the water heater in the afternoon and there was a red indicator light that was blinking at a fairly rapid pace (the indicator light is blue when the water heater is running well). There is a panel of trouble shooting instructions on the front of the water heater, which stated that if the red light blinked 3 times a second, it meant X, if it blinked 5 times, it meant Y, if it blinked 7 times, it meant Z, etc. Well, I really couldn't tell how often it blinked, but, it was blinking fairly rapidly.
I called neighbor E and left him a message, then, went about the rest of my day, putting water to the front garden (couldn't water, at all, on Tuesday because it was so windy - at least, that's my excuse!) and chatting on the phone with a friend from my university days.
Neighbor E came over a little later in the evening and took a look at the water heater. He said the pilot light wouldn't stay on and there might be something wrong with the gas valve. It was not something he was able to fix, however.
So, this morning, I called the Gas Company, once, again, and asked for another appliance service! Again, they sent out a technician an hour or so later. He checked it out, told me the red light was blinking 7 times a second, which meant that the gas valve control panel needed to be replaced. But, it was not something he could do and I would need to get a plumber to attend to it. He filled out a form indicating what he checked and what needed to be done.
After that, I called the same company who had replaced the water pressure regulator when the water heater was leaking, back in 2018. They were the plumbing company that the water heater manufacturer had referred to me. I called and left a message and, in the process, discovered they needed the model and serial numbers which were on the heater; so, I rang off and went to check the numbers. While I was doing that, they called me back and left a message! Then, I called back and left another message! But, they called back a few minutes later and we were able to connect! I gave the model and serial number and said I needed the gas valve control panel replaced. The person I spoke with asked what made me think that was the problem and I told her that that was what the Gas Company technician had written down on the problem diagnosis form (there was a form number which I also gave) and read it out to her. She said they had a service truck in my neighborhood and the repairperson would be able to check it out, sometime today (but, she couldn't tell me when).
The repair person actually showed up within the hour! I showed him the form the Gas Company technician had given me and he took a look, himself, and replaced the part. It was a flat, round thing at the bottom of the water heater. On the work order statement copy he gave me, he wrote that he replaced the valve control panel and readjusted the gas pressure which had been too high. The work is guaranteed for 30 days, I was told. The whole job took him less than 15 minutes and the bill came to $98, which I thought was reasonable. Having hot water on tap is a luxury and something we often take for granted!
In between waiting for the water heater to be fixed, I watered the back garden, did some paperwork (bill paying, filing, etc.), and confirmed my oncologist appointment for tomorrow (and answered their Covid-related questions).
Neighbor S called me around noon and offered to bring me a plate of chicken and rice her daughter had cooked; she included two chocolates for dessert:
|Chicken and Rice|
Daughter and I enjoyed it with some vegetables I had cooked previously for our lunch.
Later in the evening, daughter cooked a Thai Green Curry soup with chicken, vegetables, rice noodles, and coconut milk for dinner:
|Thai Green Curry Soup|
I didn't serve a lot of the broth into my bowl, but, later, I took another serving of mostly the broth.
Then, daughter texted neighbor S's daughter N and it was our turn to share some food with them!
Later in the evening, I washed the hats I had knitted to donate to the cancer center. I will take them with me when I go, tomorrow.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Hot water on tap!
- The gas company sending a technician so promptly
- The plumbing company sending a repairman so quickly, as well
- Neighbor S bringing over lunch
- Working appliances!
Today's joyful activity was getting the hot water heater repaired!
Plans for tomorrow include going to my doctor's appointment and having M tend to the garden.
How was your day, today? What are your plans for Friday?