Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Oh...Murphy....you better not!
Murphy has already decided that my basement is his new playground. I have no idea why....it is musty, dank. The cat box is down there. We have a bunch of boxes that we really need to go through and probably pitch the majority of it.
So we already know about the washer (which by the way....the part hasn't come yet.....), which is also in the basement. But, this one really has me scared. This is a BIG one.
The hot water heater.
Our furnace is combined with the hot water heater. Our hot water also heats the house via the radiators (which is why we don't get a HOT shower in the winter....the radiators take most of the hot water). But when the heat isn't on (like now), we have never had a problem with the hot water.
This morning....G-man couldn't get hot water (or very much) in the shower. I couldn't get much hot water in the kitchen sink. My shower was ok though.
This concerned him enough that he went into the basement to check it out. Didn't see anything externally (like standing water). But our furnace is is about 50 years old. It isn't efficient. But it is also about $12-$15,000 to replace. We have the furnace cleaned yearly, and in the 11 years we have owned the house, we have only had 2 problems (a burnt out motor about 7 years ago), and the oil leak from the lines connecting the tank and the furnace (5 years ago).
The service technicians tell us the same thing each year....yeah, it is old. Keep it maintained. No idea how long it will last...these old timers are unpredicable.
Man....I am soooo hoping that this isn't the start of a BIG repair. Repair....hahaha. It would probably be a replacement. That opens another can of worms.....I am not going to go there yet. Hopefully it is just a hiccup and not the beginning of the end!