Our hot water heater started leaking on Wednesday night. Greg came home to the cat drinking from a puddle in the middle of the kitchen floor. He told me, “It sounded like a roast was cooking in the oven, sizzling, but there was no roast cooking”. Bummer for him. It was too late Wednesday night to bother with it, so he shut off the gas and the water feeding the heater. The sizzling noise stopped almost immediately. An old towel got thrown on the puddle and we went to bed.
We were totally bummed that we were going to have to fix the water heater. Our plan was to put in an entire new heating system. The new system will hopefully be located in our basement. Unfortunately, the basement is still full of dirt and not quite ready to have a concrete slabbed poured.
Greg contemplated fixing the water heater. To make that job as easy as possible, he figured we would have to get the same make and model, otherwise we would have to refit the gas pipes feeding the burner because they wouldn’t line up at all if it was a different model. Fitting threaded gas pipes requires a lot of expensive tools we didn’t have.
The plumbing supply store carried our current make/model, but won’t sell gas appliances unless you are a “licensed plumber”. Home Depot will sell you one they apparently don’t care if your a plumber or a programmer. But they didn’t have the same make/model and installing it would be more of a hassle than it was worth.
We found a phone number for Bartlett and Steadmen stamped on the leaking tank. $1000 bucks later we have a brand new water heater that’s looks exactly like the old one. The unit lists for around $400 bucks. It took two guys about two hours to remove and install a new one. Greg tried to be a good homeowner and win over the plumbers with a fresh coffee cake…they refused. In the end, we could have bought all the tools and the water heater and done it ourselves for maybe 15% less.
The cat thanked the plumbers when they were done by puking a hair ball in the middle of the kitchen. So freakin gross but the plumbers thought it was hilarious.
p.s. my stove is a Blue Star. Love it! Totally worth the price. Read more about buying a fancy gas stove here.