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How do I Hot Water Heater in Chicago?

So we've started fixing up our condo a bit with an eye on selling it later this year. I managed to install a new dishwasher all by myself, and am feeling pretty good about it. Of course, a day later we notice that there's a puddle of water under our 18-year-old hot water heater, so I can't really rest on my laurels. More Inside! [more inside]
posted by Oktober on Feb 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Weird fertilizer/gassy smell in the basement (from the water heater?)

I was away from the house last night when I got a text from my wife about a strange "fertilizer" smell coming from the basement of our house. I came home a few hours later and smelled it immediately - hard to describe, but a slightly acrid, recognizable chlorine-y scent reminiscent of a garden center. It was noticeable on the first floor but stronger in the basement. I sniffed around for a while but couldn't locate an obvious source. The only thing I could find that was awry was that the pilot light had gone out in the water heater (only time that's happened), which is suggestive of a chimney backdraft. I relit the pilot without issue and verified that the water heater was venting correctly with a stick of Nag Champa. Multiple C02 detectors in the house detected nothing. We'll have an HVAC guy come out ASAP, but I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this and whether I'm diagnosing the issue correctly. Is this what water heater fumes smell like? We've lived in the house for a year, and this is the first time it's happened. [more inside]
posted by ndg on Dec 30, 2013 - 15 answers

I just want a hot shower!

We have a hot water problem and I would love to have an idea of what the problem and solution is before wasting a bunch of money on a plumber. [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Dec 12, 2013 - 22 answers

Help with Hydronic Heating

Our new-to-us-but-very-old home needs a new boiler (and water heater). What are our best options? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket on Nov 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Chimney repair: repoint, rebuild, or remove (and replace [boiler])

The flashing around my chimney isn't doing its job, and I'm getting a little bit of water in my attic during very heavy rains. I'm in the process of getting bids to fix this. Both guys I've had out so far have noticed that the brick is deteriorating - one guy proposed repointing and the other guy thought that the chimney needed to be rebuilt from the roof up. But since the chimney only vents the boiler and the water heater, I got to thinking - should I seize this opportunity to replace these aging appliances with a combi boiler and do away with the chimney for good? [more inside]
posted by ndg on Oct 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Priority 1: Don't blow anything up!

I would like to use my house's water heater to fill a small outdoor soaking tub. Can I do this while the unit is running? [more inside]
posted by Mr.Me on Oct 22, 2013 - 5 answers

How hard is a DIY water heater installation going to be?

Have any of you replaced your water heater yourself? Have any of you attempted to do so and failed, only to hire someone else to do it? Are any of you plumbers with opinions about a non-plumber's likelihood of success? Any thoughts on cost of professional installation vs. costs to purchase the necessary equipment? [more inside]
posted by nohaybanda on May 10, 2013 - 13 answers

How bad is that rumbling pipe?

I got a water softener and when it goes into recharge mode it drains all the water from my water heater. This happens about once a week and it causes the water heater to try and fill. Of course as there is no water being provided this just means it is sucking air. The pulling of air is so violent that it shakes the intake pipes and creates a thundering racket. [more inside]
posted by M Edward on Feb 28, 2013 - 8 answers

electrician / HVAC recommendation for Derby, CT?

Hi there, My mom needs a new furnace & hot water heater. Both are super old and and need to be replaced. Both will be electric, she lives in a condo and doesn't have gas or propane. Can anyone recommend an electrician or HVAC company in the area? I'm checking our Sears and have a recommendation for Aire Serve from an acquaintance. Thanks!
posted by reddot on Feb 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Wasting warm water woes - Stop a leak on my hot water heater.

Indoor Plumbing Filter: Help me understand a valve on my hot water line and how to stop a leak. [more inside]
posted by msbutah on Apr 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Save my neighbor's tree from my hot water heater!

Are we killing our neighbor's tree with our hot water heater? If so, what can we do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Water heater replacement questions

Water heater replacement questions... [more inside]
posted by bkhahn on Jun 4, 2011 - 7 answers

The hot water in my shower was hotter today. Should I be concerned?

The temperature of the hot water in my shower was hotter today. Not scalding or uncomfortable, but hotter than I've felt it before. Why would that happen, and should I inspect the water heater? How do I do that, and what should I look for?
posted by bleary on Sep 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Can you figure out what's wrong with my water heater?

What's the deal with my water heater? [more inside]
posted by crLLC on Sep 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me bathe. No wait. Help me have enough hot water. Yea, that.

2 days to decide on a tankless water heater. Help! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Dec 30, 2009 - 27 answers

Will American Home Shield replace my AC? Any good home warranty companies?

Can I expect American Home Shield or any other home warranty company to replace my A/C when it dies? Are there any other good, reliable home warranty companies out there? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Jul 13, 2009 - 5 answers

My hot water heater is leaking.

My hot water heater is leaking a very small amount of water. It looks like it only happens when hot water is used. Who do I call about this and how serious is this? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring on Apr 6, 2009 - 25 answers

How to best adjust my water heater temperature?

How should I adjust the two elements of my water heater? [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR on Oct 8, 2008 - 6 answers

Why do I shiver upstairs?

Why does my upstairs shower run out of hot water long before the one downstairs? I only have one water heater... [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Dec 29, 2007 - 17 answers

That lovely rotten-egg smell

Does replacing the sacrificial anode in your water-heater with a different alloy anode really work to eliminate the stinky water? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Dec 9, 2007 - 11 answers

I want to get in hot water!

NoobHomeOwnerFilter: Where do I start troubleshooting water temperature issues? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Nov 19, 2007 - 21 answers

Will I suffocate?

How dangerous is it to live in a small room with a gas-powered water heater? Will I die? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Apr 26, 2007 - 17 answers

How do I get hotter water sooner?

Cure for the takes-too-long-for-our-water-to-heat-up blues? [more inside]
posted by mosk on Jan 13, 2007 - 18 answers

Installing a Water Heater - what about the water pressure?

What does the water pressure coming into your house have to do with installing a water heater? [more inside]
posted by katyjack on Oct 2, 2006 - 12 answers

water heater pilot light won't stay lit

Our water heater pilot light won't stay lit. Is it time to call a repair man? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Sep 20, 2006 - 9 answers

Five Minutes from 38 Gallons?

WaterHeaterFilter: How much shower-time should I expect from my new electric water heater? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Dec 22, 2005 - 16 answers

Should I buy a tankless gas water heater?

Anyone have any thoughts on Tankless Water Heaters, specifically gas ones however thoughts on electric ones too would be nice I guess. Distance to kitchen/shower? Ok to put one in a cold room such as a garage? Other important things to know about one before calling the plumber? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on Dec 21, 2005 - 24 answers

Should I get a solar water heater?

My 50 gallon (electric) water heater is on the verge of complete breakdown & it's time for a new one. You'd think living in Arizona I'd know somebody with a solar water heater, but no. Are they efficient? How much more initial expense than a conventional unit? Thanks!
posted by carriest on Apr 11, 2005 - 7 answers

Why does my gas-fired water heater cut out?

my new-ish gas-fired water heater has started to cut out after maybe 10 minutes use. if i close and re-open the tap it fires up again. it's pretty basic - a box on a wall with electronic ignition that runs off bottled gas (propane or butane, i suppose). can anyone explain why this happens (the 15kg gas cylinder is no longer new, but certainly not near empty)? thanks.
posted by andrew cooke on Jan 29, 2005 - 15 answers

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