A Day of the Unexpected

As the song goes…”I wake up every mornin’ I stumble out of bed Stretchin’ and yawnin’ Another day ahead.”  

My routine is a morning shower and yesterday was no different, except…the water never got past barely warm. Needless to say, I didn’t linger as I normally would. After I got dressed and woke Larry up, I told him “he may want to check the hot water heater before he tried taking a shower.” He did, and found out the pilot was out. Our house was built in 2001, which makes the hot water heater only eight years old. We have lived in this house for almost four years and have had to replace some little gizmo, (thermocouple) on it twice already.

Monday’s I usually attend Ladies Bible Class, that didn’t work out for obvious reasons. Instead we headed to Owasso to Home Depot after I researched Hot Water Heaters on the Internet. I was “quite surprised” when I saw the prices. Our existing tank was 50 gallons which is the size I was pricing. We had talked about going with a tankless if we ever had to replace this one, but with the labor costs of converting over etc., we decided to stay with the conventional gas heater.

We have not always had good experiences at Home Depot (or Lowe’s for that matter) with getting help. Yesterday was different; and pleasantly so. We had unexpectedly helpful service from knowledgeable workers. We chose a 50 gallon hot water heater with a twelve year warranty. It was cough…cough…$588.00 and just under $250.00 labor to have it installed. We didn’t know if we would be fortunate enough to have it installed yesterday, thankfully, they were able to do it.

Originally the installation was scheduled for between five and six; to our amazement the plumber showed up at around one and about three hours later we were back in business.

To my feminine readers-imagine spending just under $900.00 and leaving the store without a single bag!! That’s just wrong!! Not that I’ve ever spent that kind of money shopping, still….I’m just saying.

Actually, we “went on our way rejoicing.” In our almost thirty years of marriage we have never had to replace a hot water heater, so I’m thinking we have no room for complaints there. We had very good service and same day installation…AND…we both enjoyed hot showers this morning. We were also blessed to have the funds for the project and we stimulated the economy a wee bit.

So…unexpected things aren’t always bad. We did get caught in a torrential downpour on the way home and I got some great “cloud” pictures. You can view them on my FB page. I haven’t had a lot of luck putting photos on my website. I will have to check with the web guru one of these days for tips on putting multiply pictures on here.

I shall close with another thought concerning the unexpected. This one is for spiritual awareness rather than physical. This too will be a day of victory if we are ready.

So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Matt 24:44


4 comments for “A Day of the Unexpected

  1. August 20, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Hot water heaters (yep, I say it, too) ARE expensive!! Glad you got it installed the same day. Even with the heat and humidity around here, I don’t think cold showers would do! Although, after hurricanes, that’s the “norm” for a while. Bummer!


  2. August 19, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Janice, my Michael makes fun of me for saying “hot water heater,” too! I ignore him. 🙂

    Glad it all turned out well for you. Same-day installation is awesome! I don’t remember right now how many weeks it has been since we filed a homeowners claim on our carport (tree limb fell straight down through the roof), but so far, all that has been done is the old torn down!!

  3. Stan
    August 18, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Should have gone with the “tankless” …they’re great, and the one we put in the Buellton house has been remarkably efficient. And… just to make you feel a little better; we’ve been in our Santa Barbara house since 1985 and we are on our 5th water heater, 3rd dishwasher, 3rd water softner, 3rd RO unit and have replaced all (2 bathrooms 1 kitchen)faucets in the house four times …the water is extremely hard here, so count your Oklahoma H20 blessings. ST

  4. August 18, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Did you ever get taken! There is no reason to heat hot water! Next time buy just a water heater instead of a hot water heater. -:)

    I’ve never had to replace one (living much of our married life in a parsonage or a rental house), but I do remember when a 50 gallon heater was less than $300. I do know how to replace them, though, so when the time comes, I’ll be able to do the labor on it. My neighbor, who bought his house new back in 2001, said the heaters installed then are starting to go bad. I’ve known those heaters to last 15 years or so. Supwifdat?

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