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Checking your Water Heater with a Salt Lake City Plumber

If you have noticed a lack of hot water, or if your hot water is not what it used to be, it may be time to replace the old girl with a new unit.  Installing a new hot water heater is something Glover Plumbing, your Salt Lake City plumber, can usually do in under a day, and it will provide you with fresh hot water for years to come.  Let’s take a look at some common problems that can occur with water heaters.  All water heaters have a shelf life and none are guaranteed to last forever.  A typical gas hot water heater is expected to last about 8-10 years and may not last that long if sediment in your water is heavy.

Sediment ruins water heaters slowly but surely.  Mineral heavy water comes into the tank and leaves trace amounts of sediment behind.  Over time this sediment builds.  The result is less room in the water tank for water to be heated.  This will cut down on the amount of hot water available.  When the sediment builds it begins to make the tank heavier.  This also makes it harder to move when the water heater is replaced.  As the sediment builds, it makes it harder for the gas burner to transfer heat to the water.  This means that the burner has to work harder to reach the temperature set on the thermostat.  This can kill the heating elements pretty fast.

Another problem that can occur with water heaters is a bad thermostat.  They may heat the water to hot or shut-off at the wrong times.  If you are re-setting your water heater a lot, this may be a problem that you are dealing with.  It is best to call a certified Salt Lake City plumber, like Glover Plumbing, to come out and check for you.  Bad thermostats mean bad problems and it is something that you will want to remedy right away. A faulty thermostat is not just a problem with gas water heaters.  They can wreak havoc on electric water heaters as well.  When calling Glover Plumbing, be sure to include your make and model number so they may be prepared before coming out to your home.  Check out our specials and save today on your plumbing needs.

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