It can be frustrating when any of the routinely used appliances break down. When it comes to the water-based appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines, water tanks/heaters, and so for forth, many do not realize their hard water is the culprit. Today, we at AAA Water Team would like to discuss the negative impact hard water has on your appliances.
Hard Water Leads to Limescale Inside Pipes
The accumulation of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium are known as scale buildup and this mixes with soap and other substances. They form a hard layer on fixtures, pipes, and inside mechanical components as they blend. Causing the machinery to wear out faster, the buildup makes your appliances work harder to push water through pipes narrowed by sediment. Keeping your fixtures and pipes free of clogs, by installing a water softener the scale buildup is prevented.
Hard Water Reduces Appliance Efficiency
When you’re saving on your energy bill each month, they can be a wise purchase, although energy-efficient appliances do come with a higher initial price tag. They’ll lose their efficiency rather quickly and won’t bring you the energy-saving benefits for which you were hoping you’re running hard water through those appliances, unfortunately. When running with soft water, washing machines and dishwashers function closer to their original, factory efficiency for longer. If the appliances are used with hard water, the manufacturers of some higher-efficiency models will even void the warranty. If the appliances are used with hard water, the manufacturers of some higher-efficiency models will even void the warranty. You’ll keep your machine under warranty and can enjoy its full benefits for many years by installing a water softener.
Hard Water Damages Hot Water Heater Element
This vital appliance wears out faster and needs replacing sooner from the buildup from hard water. It’s especially susceptible to mineral deposits because one of the heating elements is located at the bottom of the tank. Under a layer of chalky sediment a few inches thick, the electric parts become submerged sometimes. In only a few years, this often leads to frequent repairs, and sometimes the water heater needs to be replaced entirely, and tankless water heaters aren’t immune to this. Inside their heating chamber, they can still accumulate hard water deposits. Limescale can shorten a tankless water heater’s life by as much as one third as with traditional models. Buildup from hard water spikes your energy bill because your water heater has to work a lot harder. Saving you money and the hassle of emergency repairs a water softener keeps your water heater free from scale buildup.
Hard Water Buildup in Washing Machine
Hard water deposits clog the metal filter screen near the fill valve on your washing machine. Causing only a small stream to trickle out, the buildup restricts the flow of water when you turn on your washer. You’ll need to remove the screens and soak them in vinegar to soften the calcification to correct this issue. To remove deposits, scrub them with a toothbrush. You won’t have to perform this periodic maintenance if you install a water softener. Water softeners keep your water pure and filter screens clean.
How Does Hard water Affect Toilets
A significant hard water problem can make a commode unusable in only a couple of years while the toilet may seem too simple a fixture to be damaged by hard water. When you flush, there are small holes under the rim from which water flows. Meaning less and less water is released until the toilet will no longer flush properly, these holes can gradually become clogged by sediment. This problem is prevented with a water softener.