The Hot Water Heater Debacle

So yesterday morning I notice there is no hot water in the shower.  I figure Tyler used it all getting ready for school and I make a mental note to yell at him when I get home from work.  After work there is still no hot water.  Our hot water heater is about a year old, I put it in last summer.  So I go to look at it and the pilot flame is out.  I try to start it and it won’t stay lit.  By this time it’s late, so I wait until today to investigate futher.

Today I look online and find out I probably need a new thingy called a thermocoupler.  This is the device that tells the hot water heater the pilot light is working.  So I drive to Lowe’s, and buy a new one.  $8, not bad.  It takes me about an hour to take everything apart and put the new thing in.  Try to fire it up, and it still doesn’t work.

So I call Whirlpool, and they decide I need a new gas valve.  Awesome.  So they give me a part number and I drive to Lowe’s.  They don’t have it, and send me to a Lowe’s 10 miles away.  Finally get back, and discover I have to drain the heater to replace the valve.  So I grab my buddy’s Joe’s garden hose from next door because it’s closer than the one in my backyard.  Finally it’s drained and it takes me about 45 minutes to tear it all apart again.  Put it all back together and boom, we’re cooking with gas.

I go to wrap up the hose and discover that at some point during all of this I ran it over with my car and bent the end of it.  So now I have to buy Joe a new garden hose.  So I’m out $8 for the thermocoupler thingy, $50 for the gas valve (which I should get back), and $20 or whatever for a new garden hose.

I will never buy Whirlpool again, obviously.

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