Our 12 year water heaters lasted 15 years, so I shouldn’t complain. But they are expensive to replace!
So we bought two more 12 year water heaters from home depot ($1750) and called the plumbers in.
The plumbers opened up the boxes … and the water heaters were severely dinged and damaged, both the “jacket” and a bunch of the valve things. Not usable. (The boxes were super dinged up, and I watched one of the guys open the second water heater so definitely no shady business on the part of the plumber.)
So, since our garage water heater was literally dripping, we made the executive decision to let the plumbers sell us some not as good/more expensive water heaters ($3100, but also they didn’t charge for the installation itself, so that must have been built into the price) by the same company (Rheem) that they had in stock (6 year water heater plus 4 year additional warranty and replacement valves = 10 year warranty). Not necessarily the best decision, but that’s what happens when you are in an emergency situation and DH is making the decision from an airport on his way to a conference and if you weren’t living with DH to do all this stuff you would be renting. And at least these water heaters wouldn’t be dinged.
While they were out, we got our broken whole house filter (still under warranty) replaced and we got a pressure regulator added to the house so the whole house filter doesn’t break again AND so we stop going through toilet innards so rapidly. (Plus, in theory, one would not be able to injure oneself with the bidet, though I do not plan to test that.) That was ~$300 for parts and service. They also checked to see that our shower stall was no longer leaking after DH caulked it and they determined that the bathtub leak in the children’s bathroom was just them not completely turning the middle faucet that switches between shower and tap and they didn’t charge for either of those. So I feel less bad about the total bill since it seems like they loaded some of the labor onto the cost of the water heaters.
The moral is that things shouldn’t break when DH is at a conference. Or maybe if your major appliance comes in a super dinged box you should open the box before calling the plumbers. I don’t know.
A few years ago this kind of kerfuffle would have made me anxious and worried, but this time it just me tired (so tired, in fact, that instead of finishing making the dinner I was halfway through making, I went online and spent another $40 on pizza delivery). People say money can’t buy you happiness, but it sure can buy peace of mind.