Well, I've done it now. I am officially signed up to run the Tacoma City Half Marathon on May 2nd! On my way to completing what I consider my most challenging item on my List of 36 Things I Want to Do Before I Turn 37. I was actually going to be a wimp and start with the 5K in May and run the Gig Harbor to Tacoma half marathon in August, but peer pressure works wonders on me sometimes. It looks like there is going to be a gang of 7 or 8 of us (including my husband) all running so we can inspire and push each other in the coming weeks. This month I am focusing more on aerobics/weight training with just a little running and then come February, I will drop the weight training to only 2 days a week and focus on running 4 to 5 days a week. I am excited. Most of the people running are also in our wine group so when we all finish we can celebrate together with something fancy.
That paragraph just got me all excited and worked up but now I am grounded again, thinking about our tankless hot water heater. Think of a tankless hot water heater as a giant insta-hot for your house. Instead of keeping water heated all day long, these just heat the water when you want it. They use a lot of electricity when you turn on the hot water, but overall you end up using much less electricity than a standard hot water tank. They are considered to be very eco-friendly and as a bonus they take up about as much room as an extra large shoebox.
The only problem is, they are fairly new to the market and have only been on people's radar in the U.S. for the past 5 years or so. The models out there are not always perfect and hardly any plumbers have worked on them and the parts are not easily available.
So, yesterday when the hot water in my shower started to get very cold very fast, I knew I was in for an ordeal. We've had our Bosch tankless AE-125 for about 20 months and after doing some quick reading online, it seems like you hit the 18 month mark with these babies and parts start to fail. But I am not giving up on our tankless yet. I love the space saved in our laundry room. After a few calls and a few "We don't carry the parts or work on tankless water heaters we haven't installed" I finally found a plumbing company that said "No problem! We'll be out in 3 hours." So now I am waiting for the guy to show up. I'll let you know how it goes. Luckily, we have friends and family that all live 2 miles or less from us, so we'll be able to take showers this weekend if it gets ugly.