Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Out with the Old, In with the New!

This is not going to seem very exciting to most of you, but is a huge answer to prayer and relief to us, and me in particular, and since this is my blog, I'm going to write about it! :-)

My husband has been employed now for eight months. In that time we have had to pay thousands (yes, thousands) of dollars to the water department for huge water bills. It is one of the things that has made our "catching up" so difficult, and has been incredibly stressful. During the time that my husband was unemployed our old hot water tank developed a leak, but it took us several months to figure it out. At first we thought it was a leak around the window from a bad rainstorm, but caulking that did not solve the problem. Then we thought it was the flange around our furnace vent on the top of the roof, but the furnace people came and made sure that seal was tight and we still had leakage on our basement floor. Finally we realized it was the hot water tank.

It is pretty hard to pay a huge water bill every month and save money for a new hot water tank, and just seeing the little trickle on our basement floor that led to the drain made me sick to my stomach. It was literally like pouring money down the drain.

But, finally, this was the month!!!

Our old hot water tank was taken to the curb where it was happily picked up by the metal recycle guy.

And our new tank was carefully carried in.

It was expertly installed by my husband and my dear friend Sally's husband.

It doesn't leak gas or water (both good things!) and is giving us lovely hot water whenever we want it, and no water at all when we don't. Lord willing, this will be the end of our exorbitant water bills!

I am thankful!

Thank you to our dear friends who helped make this possible, and thank you to the anonymous person who managed to pass along to us some cash at church last Sunday! I don't know how this person (or people) are finding out exactly when we need money, but we are humbled and grateful and choosing to see it as a lovely, undeserved gift from God!


votemom said...

great news!
what size (gallon) tank did you get? ours is original so i feel like i should replace it BEFORE it goes bad. (learning my lessons from you?!)

lahbluebonnet said...

Yea! Also with it being brand new, it should be more energy efficient, so bonus savings all around!

Lona said...

Praise the Lord!

Pam said...

votemom: we got a 40 gallon, which is also what our old one was. There are a lot of other things to compare though, besides size. We'd be happy to share our newfound knowledge with you! ;-)

Beth in Texas said...

Woohoo! Did you consider tankless? I've not had a positive experience with any of my encounters with tankless water heaters but I'm curious if you investigated and what your impressions were. Also, our water bills went up since we moved since now we are paying for watering the yard and we are in a drought (the other house had it on a separate water meter) and I cannot imagine even larger bills!

Targetshopper: said...

That is great! I can't imagine the frustration you've had over the last several months as you've paid thousands! Oh my word, that is frustrating! So thankful you figured out the problem and was able to fix it!!