Subject: Serious problem with the wall heater at [address redacted]
The pilot light went out. Not a problem. But when PG&E came to re-light it last night, they noticed that somebody (not us) had re-wired the heater at some point to disconnect the vent auto-shut-off. The PG&E guy fixed it and stated that usually this is done when a heater is not venting properly, in order to avoid having to do the work of making it vent properly. He warned us that if that was the case here, the heater would shut itself off automatically when it wasn't venting enough rather than when it got warm enough. In fact, now it doesn't even come on.
It's freezing; can somebody please fix the heater ASAP?
Also, there's a gadget plugged into the wall in the kitchen that Shane had thought was a carbon monoxide detector, but PG&E confirmed that it wasn't - it's the doorbell. I thought I'd better pass that on in light of the heater problems and the upcoming carbon monoxide detector laws for rental properties. I guess that for multi-units it doesn't kick in until January of 2013 though.
It's missing the air of quiet menace that I had wanted, but perhaps that is for the best.