When Hot Water Runs Dry
It’s a glorious Sunday morning. You wake up, pull off the covers, and step into your favorite slippers; shuffling towards the bathroom in a half-sleepy state. Just a nice, quick shower and you’re ready to jump start the day’s events.
You walk into the washroom and turn on the taps, aligning them to the perfect settings for some soothing heat. You step in eagerly – expecting to be greeted by the trickle of warm water that drown out the sounds of your loofah karaoke performance – but to your horror, ice cold water pelts your skin instead.
It’s a rude awakening: you realize your water heater is broken. Fainthearted, you hire Joe Schmoe from down the street to take a look. He breaks the news that your water tank’s ventor motor and gas valve have finally petered out, and it’s going to cost you a fortune to replace it. You’re not one to sacrifice an arm or leg in exchange for hot water, but when those cold months strike, what other option do you have?
Opening the Floodgates: Corroded Water Heaters
Let’s take a look at another scenario. You and your family are up and at ‘em; anxiously awaiting your taxi’s arrival to whisk you to the airport for a sun-soaked, Caribbean getaway. As you stuff the last few toiletries into your already-brimming suitcase – don’t forget your favorite swimsuit! -you realize you left your beach towel down in the closet, right next to that ancient water heater of yours.
As you rush down the stairs to retrieve it, you suddenly stop dead in your tracks. Forget your hotel’s luxury hot tub you were so excited to dip your toes in; a new wading pool has suddenly formed in your basement, nearly 3 feet deep!
Tank water heaters are notorious for being ticking time bombs that rupture during the worst times, with the oldest ones closest to detonation. Suddenly, the excitement of your Caribbean vacation is sinking faster than the Titanic; you can thank your leaky water heater for that!