The Logic Train Doesn’t Stop at the Water Heater
This morning was a cold day for September. There was a chill in the old townhouse. Mrs. C asked me,
“Could you go down to the basement and turn up the dial on the hot water heater?”
“It’s so cold, I want hot water for my shower.”
“But the heater will heat the water to the same temperature regardless of what the outside temperature is.”
“Maybe, but not as fast, and I want hotter water on a cold day.”
“Well just turn up the nob in the shower, it is never on maximum.”
“I want the nob on twelve o’clock, not nine.”
It was at this point that I knew I was not going to get anywhere in this discussion.
The logic-train does not stop at the water heater.
I plodded on anyway.
“If the water temperature was to your satisfaction yesterday, it will be just as warm today. If you turn the heater up, it will just provide the potential for a higher temperature, and it will really not heat up any faster.”
This comment was followed by a dissertation which talked of open doors, cold tile, steam, nozzle settings, and nob-clock positions none of which made any sense to me. However, Cranky is getting smarter. I nodded my head and went downstairs to turn up the hot water heater.
When I returned I just said,
“Sorry, I’m a jerk!”