Hard water, which tends to leave behind calcium and magnesium deposits, is a common issue for many homeowners. While these mineral deposits aren’t a danger to your family’s health, they can damage appliances, your water heater in particular.
Here’s What Hard Water Does to Your Water Heater
Decreased water heater efficiency & shorter lifespan: Over time, hard water can reduce a water heater’s efficiency. As sediment builds up on the heating elements, your water will take longer to warm up when showering and laundering. This is more than just an inconvenience. Because your water heater is forced to work harder, it’s more prone to increased wear and tear. You may have to replace your unit much sooner than expected. Remember, an inefficient water heater can also cause your monthly utility bills to rise substantially.
Must flush your water heater more often: To minimize sediment, experts recommend having your water heater flushed at least once a year. However, units that are regularly exposed to hard water need more frequent flushing. In some instances, you’ll need to drain and flush the tank every three months. If you happen to hear a popping or rattling noise, this is a telltale sign an excessive amount of sediment has settled at the bottom of the tank.
How to Overcome Hard Water
Adjust your water heater’s thermostat:High water temperatures can increase the amount of scale buildup in your unit. Lowering your water heater’s thermostat can help. The ideal temperature setting is about 120 degrees.
Invest in a water softener: There are a few different ways to resolve hard water issues. However, the best approach is to invest in a water softener. Most of these systems work by adding sodium ions, which naturally remove calcium and magnesium from hard water. All of your water-using appliances will have an extra level of protection against mineral deposits, including the water heater. You stand to save a lot of extra money in the long run.
Count on the Cape Coral Plumbers for a Quality Repair
Whether you need to repair or replace your water heater or install a water treatment system, the skilled and experienced plumbers at Aztec Plumbing & Drains are prepared to help! We even back our work with a 1-year parts-and-labor warranty. Call (239) 232-2012 or contact us here to schedule your appointment.