Holly Springs, NC - 52 degrees and mostly sunny to 86 degrees and partly sunny, north of us there were thunder showers we only had some dark clouds.
More water heater work and success today. I did do some voltage checks at the main electric box, everything was normal. So there is a junction somewhere that has a loose wire.
Today I was able to place hands on the water heater fittings and remove the PEX fittings from the water heater. Difficult working conditions crunched down on the floor and arms extended over or under the cabinet wall. I did talk some break time allowing the body to recover before hitting it again. With the PEX fitting off I could see the check valve inside and did blow air thru and out the tank drain put it back together with no improvement.
Ok I did try to take the check valve off the tank but could not “get enough on the wrench”, reaching at arms length. The check valve was installed with plumbers thread compound and the heat has dried that solid. I took another break falling asleep in the chair and then the son-in-law John came home from work. Debriefing him and John wanted to give it a shot at wrenching the check valve loose, and he was able to move it and he got the check valve out. We reinstalled the check valve without the plunger and closed everything water wise and there was good water flow from the hot water tank. Tomorrow rebuild the cabinet. Tonight there was a good hot shower.