This morning . . I already told you . . the water heater wasn’t producing hot water. I checked it and the pilot light was out. I re-lit it and watched to be sure it was working. In my head, I knew there was no reason for the pilot light to be off and I wasn’t going to get off that easy.
As I was washing the lunch dishes, I realized . . there’s not much hot water. Pilot light was off again. I thought . . maybe I didn’t hold that button down long enough that you’re supposed to hold down for a few seconds after the pilot is lit so I lit it again. Then I went outside and played in the garden and when I came back in about 3:30 . . yep, the pilot light was out again.
Vince was in a meeting and I didn’t know if he wanted to work on it himself or if he wanted to call a plumber. I left him a message and he called a plumber at 4 and he was here before 4:30. Can’t beat that.
See that slightly bent metal pan under the water heater. No one ever told me that you should vacuum it out . . clean it every once in a while. Seems as though our little pan was full of dust and lint and the bottom of the water heater has a screen/filter. Every time the water heater tried to fire itself up, instead of sucking air in to fuel the flame, it was sucking lint up to the screen/filter and blocking off the air supply and choking off the fire.
Caution: Please read your instruction booklet before vacuuming under your water heater. Ours was OFF when he vacuumed it. I would not recommend vacuuming with the flame burning. Do not do this without being sure it is safe to do so!
All wasn’t lost though. The plumbers were quite confident in their witching ability.
They were so sure they found the spot for our new well.
The real witcher is supposed to be here tomorrow so we’ll see if they were right.