The Mystery of the Chirping Water Heater.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

I awoke this morning to an annoying noise.  There was a chirping sound coming from somewhere.

I checked the bathroom.  Sounds were faint.  It could be a water leak. No leaks.

Next I searched the closet in the master bedroom that holds a gas water heater.  It's about 10'x10' and holds out-of-season clothing, old blankets, suitcases, and junk.  The water heater is in its own little closet in a closet, however.

I was successful in locating the chirp.  Hubby had put one of those carbon monoxide detectors in there and the battery was low.  I got it out and took the battery out and went about my business.

What's that??  More chirps, very faint but chirps. 

I went through the house and took all the smoke detectors down and checked the batteries.

More chirps!!  

At this point I must add that hubby is away on a squirrel hunting trip.  He's up in the woods with a bunch of red-neck buddies hunting squirrels. (I'm so sorry Nutsy!  Some distant relatives may die.  But they took golf clubs with them so the squirrel deaths will be negligible.)

I went up into the attic to make sure there were no battery-low detectors up there.  All was fine.

So I come back to the closet and stare at that stupid water heater which was making the chirping sounds.  How does a water heater make a chirping sound and why?  I look over it and under it and find a small leak at one of the valves. 

I googled "chirping water heater" and found that if it isn't used much, there might be settlement at the bottom.  As I said, the man who takes 45 minute showers is gone.  Water not used enough!  That's it!  I turned on the hot water full force to solve the problem.

Chirps are still coming!!

I called my plumber on his cell phone and told him the problem.  He says, "Well, Barbara, I don't believe I've ever heard of a water heater chirping."  Since it's Saturday I didn't ask him to rush over.

So I go back into the closet and start throwing things around in a fury.  I moved a stack of blankets and there was ANOTHER CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR!  Hubby had put two in there!  TWO!  He probably thought if we were to be safe, we'd be double safe, so he'd stuffed the second one behind a bunch of stuff.

It took me four hours to solve the mystery of the chirping water heater! 

So the plumber thinks I'm crazy.  I thought I was crazy.  And the two home inspectors, Steve Smith and Charles Buell, who have made me water heater paranoid almost got phone calls this morning. 

And just think what trouble my husband is going to be in when he comes home!!!!

 

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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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Maybe he forgot that the first one was in there? And maybe now is a good time to replace all the batteries in the smoke detectors, too. You know, just in case. :)

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Oct 12, 2008 09:56 AM #6
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Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
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Barbara - It sounds like a Lucille Ball skit! Glad you found the source of the problem and it wasn't something major. I just have one question - what does squirrel taste like?  ~Chicken?    

Oct 12, 2008 10:06 AM #7
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Elizabeth, I replaced.  Knowing my husband, he probably got a package of two and just put them both in. 

Carol, squirrel hasn't been tasted by me since I was a wee tot.  It was good at that time but everything was good then. : )

Oct 12, 2008 10:53 AM #8
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Dear Mrs. Barbara,

I think you should consult a good divorce attorney. The man you married is not civilized. Who might he go after next?

Your friend Nutsy,

Certifried home inspector

Oct 12, 2008 11:04 AM #9
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Nutsy, no doubt you have a third cousin attorney in the state of Arkansas?  Good news is the uncivilized husband is home.  He reported very few squirrel deaths but lots of lying, eating (not squirrel) drinking and comraderie with the friends.

Oct 12, 2008 02:16 PM #10
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Barbara - glad the mystery was solved. Had the same problem with a new (well new to us) that we moved into. This was a battery operated smoke alarm that got stashed and forgotten. Now, if your husband is hunting squirrels with his golf clubs......

Oct 12, 2008 02:35 PM #11
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Mike, last year when he went squirrel hunting, I noticed his golf clubs were missing.  I thought they'd been stolen!  When I called him to report the theft, he calmly replied that he had them with him.  They were also going golfing!  MEN!!  And you'al think women are hard to understand.

Oct 12, 2008 03:12 PM #12
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Barbara - I fully understand taking golf clubs on a hunting trip, I fully understand taking golf clubs on any trip. It's all very logical. If hunting is bad, or if it is good, you can still golf before you are finished. As for women, well, some things will never be understood.

Oct 12, 2008 07:11 PM #13
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Barbara, wouldn't most men leave with their golf clubs to cover the fact that they were really going squirrel hunting? sunsmile

Oct 12, 2008 07:16 PM #14
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Mike, you just called women a "thing"?    GRRRRR

Charles, that statement does not make sense.  Men are just not understandable! : )

Oct 12, 2008 08:28 PM #15
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
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Mrs. Barbara,

As long as you realize that the man you married is an animal.

Your friend Nutsy

Certifried home inspector

Oct 12, 2008 09:45 PM #16
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Nutsy, animals are not all bad, are they???

Oct 13, 2008 07:02 AM #17
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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
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Barbara - LOL!  That's a funny story.  It reminds me of my father-in-law.  If one item is good, 2 or 3 must be better!  :)

Oct 14, 2008 11:13 AM #18
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Debi, he is that way.  There was probably a package two for the price of one.  When he got home and I beat him up, he said he  didn't remember putting two in there! 

Oct 14, 2008 11:38 AM #19
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Regina Lundeen
Delaware Association of REALTORS® - Rehoboth Beach, DE

good job on figuring out the chirping.  And squirrels by the way tend to sound like a herd of elephants when they are in your attic at 5:00 am.

Oct 14, 2008 01:12 PM #20
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Regina, I hope I don't have to hear the squirrels in the attic sound.  Chirping is bad enough.  Thanks for comments.

Oct 14, 2008 01:28 PM #21
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Debi Ernst
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Barbara - Isn't that funny?  My father-in-law will buy 3 new wheelbarrows, 2 new jigsaws, etc, if they are on sale...  :)

Oct 15, 2008 08:09 AM #22
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Debi, they are the same!!  LOL

Oct 15, 2008 08:32 AM #23
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sue

It is not funny! My water heater does the chirping sound without any dripps or leak. Who wants to solve the mystery? I am good in solving murder mysteries on T.V but this...?

Help!

Mar 18, 2010 02:02 PM #24
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Good luck, Sue.  Everyone accused me of being daffy to think a water heater chirps!

Mar 18, 2010 03:02 PM #25
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