I have no hot water.
In the middle of the weekend, my hot water tank broke down. I called the energy company and was on hold for almost two hours. When I finally got through to someone to troubleshoot my problem, all he told me to do was unplug the tank and plug it back in again. Then he told me to wait an hour and call back to make an appointment with a technician if it didn’t work. I refused to do this (after being on hold for so long already), so I made an appointment right there.
The technician came today and told me that the pipes were leaking water, and the black area under at the bottom signified a carbon monoxide leak1. The entire hot water tank has to be replaced.
The good news is that my hot water tank is rented, so any repairs or replacements are covered by the energy company. The bad news is that the ventilation pipe that connects the tank to the outside of the house is no longer up to code, and needs to be replaced before the hot water tank is replaced. The worse news is that my ceiling is finished, so it needs to be ripped open for the new piping to be installed then patched up again when it’s done, by an outside construction company. The cherry on top is that neither the pipe installation or the destruction/construction is covered by my condo or the energy company, so I’ll have to shell out more money at a time I can’t afford it.
Until then, I can’t shower2, I can’t shave, I can’t do my dishes, I can’t do my laundry, I can’t rinse my mouth without using painfully cold ice water.
But I won’t after this.