Every month, we pay X number of dollars to some company for the use of our water heater. It is a number of dollars that I think is excessive, but what do you do. We're not going to live in this house forever, so buying our own heater right now is not really a smart option. So we rent it from this company for an exorbitant amount of money.
Last night, James went to shave before going to work and there was no hot water. He thought maybe it was because I was rinsing dishes downstairs (in cold water apparently, who knew!). But nope, there was no hot water to be found anywhere in the house. No shaving. However DID they do it in the old days?? :) :)
James went to work. I thought about the possibility of no hot shower in the morning. Not very appealing, especially given the much cooler temps around here as of late. So I called the 24-hour hotline around 10pm. After shamelessly admitting to the lady on the phone that I basically know NOTHING about water heaters except there were some lights flashing on the temperature control panel and they probably weren't supposed to be. :) :) She arranged for a serviceman to come this morning between 8am and noon. Said serviceman showed up at 8:30am, water heater fixed by 9:30am, life is good again.
And I guess THAT is why we have to pay that X number of dollars. :) :)