Earlier this year, my home turned 10 years old. I wrote a post about how it has performed over the years – things I’ve had to replace, etc. Overall, we’ve had to put very little into maintenance for our home which is great! But I knew as soon as I hit “publish”on that fateful blog post, something would come up. It didn’t happen quite that fast, but something did come up. Dang you Karma!
Monday mornings are sometimes a drag – can I get an amen? But when you wake up on a Monday and discover you have no hot water, it takes it to an all new level. Back in October, we discovered that after 10+ years, the water heater decided enough was enough and quit on us.
Was I surprised?
No. Disappointed? Yes. The typical lifespan of a water heater is 8-10 years. But many, last much longer than that. I’ve heard stories of water heaters lasting 20+ years. Just not mine. And like many pieces of mechanical equipment, it had a mind of its own.
Was it repairable?
Yes. A part had gone bad and we could have had that one part replaced. Heck – the unit may have lasted another 10 years had we repaired it. But after thinking about it, I didn’t want to invest in repairing it, only for it to crap out for good down the road. I preferred the peace of mind of a new unit (and hot water when I wanted it!) over saving a few dollars.
So what’s the point?
The point is, so many parts and pieces of a new home are mechanical systems. And mechanical systems don’t last for long. Hope to get the expected lifespan out of it and if you get more, good (for you)!
And also, don’t brag. Karma doesn’t like it.
Dream Big. Build Smart.