Last night, it was discovered that the dishwasher wouldn’t turn on—that is, I’d hear sputters as I turned the dial through the cycles, but water wouldn’t fill in and the whole big noise of the start-up wasn’t there.
Today, I turn on the faucet in the kitchen sink over to the hot water side (we have the kind of faucet with one lever that you move from right to left, rather than individual handles), and lo and behold, the water turned off as I swung it to that side! The cold water side works like a charm, as does the hot water in my downstairs bathroom. I looked at the hot water heater, and it feels warm (I forgot where to look for the pilot light, is it on the inside?). To boot, the hot water heater has a couple more years left, as I gather (10 year lifespan? Installed 1995).
Is this corrosion, perhaps, and does this hot-water phenomenon have anything to do with the dishwasher not turning on? Is calling a repairman in order?