Last night while I was taking my shower, I noticed the water was only getting lukewarm. I thought maybe David and Caroline were doing something that was causing the hot water to not replace quickly enough, but that seemed unlikely.
David did some investigating on YouTube and found the potential problem with the gas-fueled hot water heater (only four years old). He turned it off to be safe. First thing this morning we called the company we use for all things heating, cooling, etc. that had installed the unit. They were able to send a technician out this morning.
The bad news was that it had cracked inside. The technician said he’s probably installed at least 600 of these and he’s only seen this problem four or five times. There was no way to repair it and the entire unit would have to be replaced.
The good news was that it was still under warranty so we did not have to pay for a new unit (which was thankfully in stock!).
The bad news is we had to pay for the labor and other related costs to do the replacing which was over $1,100.
The good news is we had the money and were able to pay for it.
Also on the bright side is the fact that the warranty would have expired in the next year and then it would not have been covered at all. Now we have a new unit and a new warranty so it’s covered for another six years. Thankfully it did not crack at a later date when we would have been responsible for all of it. It also didn’t crack over the recent holiday weekend which would have left us without hot water for probably longer and/or a higher bill for the installation over a holiday.
So I choose to look on the bright side and see the cup half full. We were able to get it replaced very quickly, we have a new unit, we didn’t have to pay for the unit, and it’s under a new warranty.
Rather than mourn the loss of the money, I choose to be thankful it happened the way it did. I trust God allows these things to happen for a reason even when we can’t clearly see what that reason might be.