At first, the water would be really warm and then get cold and never get warm. We called our home warranty people about it, and they came and had a look.
It turned our that the tube that was supposed to go all the way down to the bottom of the waterheater was only about 2 feet long. They replaced it with a tube that went all the way to the ground and ever since, our water has worked pretty well.
We were so grateful to have warm water, that we didn't really mind when it came out scalding and took forever to cool down. Keven and other children who come here frequently learned to let me turn the water on for them so that I could make it cold enough for them to put their hands into.
However, it was livable, and we weren't too worried about it. We figured it was just a quirky house thing, and didn't know what could be done about it anyway.
Then, the other day, Allopex, Grig's younger brother (who is between him and Havelock in age), mentioned that the water in the downstairs shower was freezing. Our home warranty might expire soon, and so we decided to give them a call and have them come and look at it.
They came a day later. I thanked them for coming so soon, and the man told me that they don't have much to do in January because no one has any money left after Christmas. I thought that was kind of funny.
Anyway, he took a look at the shower and turned off the water (which was somewhat inconvenient because I was peeling potatoes when it happened and I hadn't considered that the water was going to be shut off. It was okay though). Only about ten minutes later he came back upstairs (Grig stayed with him) and told the rest of us he had finished. I asked him what the problem had been.
He told me that the faucet had a cartridge inside that was broken and wasn't allowing the water to mix. So, you either got straight hot or straight cold. He had simply replaced the faucet and cartridge.
|This is a similar type of cartridge. Link to this picture here.|
The unforeseen consequence of that, however, is that everything else has changed to. The water in every other sink is now normal.
I can't see any reasonable explanation for that, and we're calling it a miracle. It makes us wish we'd gotten that cartridge replaced a lot sooner. I'm so grateful that we called the plumber. It's been wonderful for Kevin to be able to turn on and off the sink by himself and for the water to actually be warm in the middle setting, and not boiling.
It's also been wonderful for the two brothers downstairs to have a working shower (though now they may take longer showers, which isn't so wonderful.) ;)
We are so grateful for our cartridge miracle. We're also grateful that we had a way to call a plumber for not too much money.
After all, it's January. Everybody's poor, right?