Monday, November 30, 2009


For the past week or so I've been in the throes of a water heater situation. I'm not going to write about it because, frankly, it sucked the life out of me.

Although, I am curious to hear if anyone has purchased a water heater on ebay or Amazon - as I briefly toyed with that idea, but chickened out.

I am left with a general disgust with my house (and my car, but that's a whole other long story) and it's ability to consistently produce a big, fat, expensive fail at precisely the worst moment.  I mean come on...right before Christmas?! I'm sure this will pass. It always does.  But for right now, I can't talk about the house.


NV said...

Yikes! I’m so sorry you’re getting besieged. I can totally relate, though my getting beat up on all sides was several months back *knock wood*.
I’ve not purchased a water heater on eBay or Amazon or even online for that matter, though there’s lots of good information about them to be found on the Internet. I did a lot of searching a year and a half ago when ours went out.

Hope you get things resolved quickly and as inexpensively as possible. The holidays are definitely NOT the time to be dealing with stuff like this. Hang in there!

Tiny Oak Park Bungalow said...

We went through this nightmare earlier this year but got the new one through the plumber. You may want to check out the folks at Humphrey House. If I recall correctly, I believe they got their tankless through Craigslist or something.

StuccoHouse said...

NV - Thanks for commiserating.

Tiny Oak - I followed your water heater posts (I was also considering a tankless in a yr or two when I thought mine would give out - haha). I'm curios about the CL purchase, will check out their blog....that might be a little braver than I'd be though.

Julie Warner said...

Again, sorry to hear about your troubles. Unfortunately, in our business, we mostly get people who weren't planning on purchasing and have to make a quick replacement.

I hope you find your solution. Let me know if I can do anything for you!

Black Dog's Photographer said...

I can so relate to things breaking down at inconvenient times. Some years ago my hubby and I, young, newly married and in our first home, on Christmas morning had the furnace go out at 12 a.m. It just so happened that winter was very cold and that furnace was dead as could be. Not a fun place to be that’s for sure.

I really feel for you and hope things work out well in the end.

AJ said...

Damn man, sorry about the bad luck.

StuccoHouse said...

Julie (Warners' Stellian Appliance co.)- Thanks again for the advice you gave me on that first day of the know I'll be talking to you when it comes time for the Big Chill :)

Black Dog - Oh, I feel your pain. I don't even want to type the "f" word. That is the last of the major things in my house that can go bad. And when that goes, it's going to be a nightmare.

AJ - Thanks. I just need to whine briefly & not deal with anything house related for a bit.

Kate H. said...

I'm sorry to hear about your WH morass. It stinks big time when you're trying to improve things in the house and then you're hit with a big repair. There's very little sexy about major system work.

Have you looked into a home warranty plan, through American Home Shield or some company like that? They'll insure any system or appliance, as long as it's working properly when you take out the policy. Depending on what you choose to have covered, it runs about $300 to $500 a year, plus a $60 fee per service call. It sure saved my rear three years ago when my water heater went out, and just this past month when my furnace heat exchanger went blooey.

Jennifer said...

Oh, yuck! sorry to hear. Good luck getting it resolved quickly... try craigslist for overstocks?

Beth said...

Two days before we were preemptively replacing our boiler, our water heater went. I guess it was a good time to go, but it sure hurt the bank account. After some hasty research, we went with an indirect system and still feel good about the decision. While shopping at BMO (Builder's Material outlet) out in Eagan (great place!) we found our exact water heater for a fraction of what we spent. DOH! Might be worth checking out. Good luck!!

Kathy from NJ said...

Personally I'd prefer to deal with the local plumber - if you get a defective one thru ebay or amazon what do you do? A cold shower is ok for one day only. Plus they are HEAVY. Not something that I would want to schlep around.

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