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How Hard Water Impacts Your Water Heater

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Like most home appliances, water heaters are not something homeowners frequently think about; in fact, the only time we do seem to think about it is when it stops working. When this happens, we realize how little we know about water heaters, how they work, and what can be harmful to their operation.

Their primary function is to provide hot water to various areas in your home. Whether you wash the dishes, do a load of laundry, or shower, your water heater is working hard to ensure you are comfortable and clean. Now that you know the basic functions of water heaters, it is important to understand how the quality of water running through your water heater can affect its health and longevity.

Hard Water

High mineral content such as magnesium and calcium accumulate and are the cause of hard water. Mineral buildup naturally occurs during the water cycle and can happen in both well and city water. The higher the mineral content, the harder the water becomes.

How Do I Know I Have Hard Water?

A tell-tale sign of hard water is a chalky, white residue left on dishes in the dishwasher or on your faucets and showerheads. Dry skin and dull hair can also be an indicator because the minerals do not thoroughly wash off during your shower.

Effects of Hard Water on Your Water Heater

Shortened Lifespan

Due to solidified minerals at the bottom of the tank, you might find your heater will require frequent repair and maintenance. If the residue begins to mount, the lifespan of your heater will shorten, potentially losing years of longevity.

Reduced Efficiency

When buildup from the extra minerals in the water accumulates on the bottom of the tank, causing the heater to work harder and longer. Inevitably, working harder will cause your water heating bills to increase while efficiency decreases.

Frequent Maintenance

Every year, water heaters require flushing. If hard water is present, you might need to begin flushing it more often, as frequently as every three months. The point of flushing is to remove sediments on certain spots of the water heater. If deposits are left unattended, your system could begin premature failure.

How Can I Prevent Hard Water?

Investing in the installation of PEX or hard plastic pipes will decrease the chance of buildup as opposed to traditional copper pipes. Additionally, various water softening treatments and filters can be administered to your home that helps to combat the effects hard water has on your pipes, drains, and water heaters.

Expert Water Heater Maintenance Solutions in Orlando, FL

Controlling hard water is not your typical DIY repair. Our experts are highly trained to combat the effects hard water has on your home’s plumbing system. At Brownie's Septic and Plumbing, LLC we provide quality service with solutions to all of your water heater needs. Give us a call today! (407) 890-0116

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