In which, for your amusement and/or edification, I take you through the steps one person with CFS (PWC) takes to repair a misbehaving appliance.
The idiots who installed it three years ago – when asked! – said there was no necessary maintenance.
Of course there is. Everything needs maintenance. But my CFS brain didn’t ask any questions then, and the subject never came up until a week ago, when I noticed that suddenly, after three years of the same ‘hotness’ in the water that comes out of the faucet, it wasn’t the same hot any more.
The repair person who happened to be doing some work on the house took a quick look, mentioned that there was an installation date (2010) on it, adjusted the temperature up a tick, and said nothing about maintenance. My CFS brain put the whole incident into the ‘should be looked at some time’ queue, which is several million items long and will not be executed while I am alive, most probably.
Over the weekend DH says, ‘This water isn’t coming out hot.’
Did he fix it? No. But maybe ‘third time’s the charm’ kicked in, because this time my tired CFS brain said: ‘We have a manual somewhere.’
Oh frabjous day – the manual is in its sleeve in the Appliances binder in my office (the set of ten binders, with plastic sleeves for every item we own, is one of my little helper successes).
I take it out.
I become acquainted with the contents. Oh, wait. We were supposed to drain and flush the darn thing every six months. Right. So we’ve missed six drain-and-flushes.
Side benefit: I find that we are supposed to check the pressure and water relief system – once a year. So we’ve only missed three of those. Great.
What are the required implements? A length of hose, a bucket, possibly gloves?
Get length of hose from garage. Worry about the fact that the bottom of the water heater is below the level of the house drain – a lovely feature left by the builder – so we will have to pump the water up to get it out.
Worry about one thing at a time.
I’m starting to visualize the whole operation.
It seems this is best done with the flame off, so I will first have to learn how to turn the flame off, and then will probably have to learn about turning it back on. No hot water without fire. Check.
It is also best done with the water intake off – which sort of makes sense to start – so we will have to figure out how to shut off the cold water intake. More reading. Has anyone else found out that instruction manuals are originally written in Chinese, translated into Tagalog by an Arabic scholar, then machine-translated by Google back into pseudo-English?