Would you work on a water heater that caught on fire?
Customer called today for a nearly 11 year old 50 gallon electric water heater, caught on fire at the upper thermostat.
Wires came in contact with each other, fried everything. Might as well figure new elements and thermostats (upper/lower)
or you're just plain retarded to leave that door open for a call back.
Told the fellow of the costs for the parts (nearly $100) and my time, would definitely be in your best to replace that water heater.
He told me the jacket for the yellow wire is completely burned off. Who knows if it didn't damage the breaker back at the panel.
Anything is possible at this point and the last thing I'm going to do is be the last hands on a water heater, 10+ years old that shows signs of being on fire, being held on the hook for time and effort of revamping that heater... and then it fails shortly thereafter (it can happen).
I don't waste my time on calls like these, and after I got tired of hearing him repeat himself making it sound like all I need to do is bring electrical tape, I sent him off to another plumber to enjoy his strife without hot water.
I got real smart to working on electric water heaters; I'm not working on them. Either replace it or GTFO. I've tried replacement thermostats and if they are not proprietary (A.O. Smith heaters are proprietary) that you spend more time and aggravation than it's worth, standing in front of something that has a far better value in guarantee with a warranty on the materials.
Dr. Phil is on and the topic is housewives. mmmyes!!!!!!!!
Last edited by DUNBAR PLUMBING; 10-19-2010 at 03:50 PM..