Hard Water Can Ruin Your Appliances

Hard Water Can Ruin Your Appliances

Maybe you’ve heard people say that “they don’t make them like they used to” in reference to a piece of equipment that has failed in recent years. Many of us have experienced a water using appliance that has finally failed, and it seems to happen earlier each time. It is true that some manufacturers now build appliances that are cheap, and they seem to fail just as the equipment is out of warranty, but this may not be the case. It should also be noted that hard water can take a terrible toll on your appliances and significantly lower their lifespan. If you have a hard water supply there are many reasons to install a water softener and prolonging the life of your appliances is one of them.

Why Does Hard Water Damage Appliances?

When we eat foods or take supplements containing calcium and magnesium we are helping our bodies to develop and maintain healthy bones. That being said, these two minerals can cause a great deal of damage to your appliances. These are the minerals that make your water hard; they are the cause of the scale buildup and mineral deposits found in your home. Hard water scale will clog up the plumbing pipes and wear out your appliances making them less effective over time. Eventually, the appliances will fail entirely, and this often happens earlier than it should.

A study commissioned by the WQA (Water Quality Association) in 2019 found that hard water had a significant impact on plumbing fixtures and water using appliances. In fact, hard water can take years of the life of appliances and early replacement of these devices is extremely expensive. A water softener is the best way to deal with hard water issues; the water hardening minerals are removed making the water far kinder to the appliances and plumbing in your home.

Can Hard Water Affect Energy Efficiency?

The short answer is yes it can. Many of us spend our hard earned cash to buy energy efficient appliances that can save us money and help the environment. This is a great idea, but this will be significantly undermined by a hard water problem. As the hard water makes it way through your appliances, the scale is gradually being deposited in the machine. This buildup will decrease the effectiveness of the appliance, and more energy will be required to get the desired results. The machine will take longer to heat up, and washing cycles will take longer. This will use more energy, and that will quickly eat into the energy savings that you anticipated. This is why many owner’s manuals for appliances recommend using softer or treated water for the best results. If you’re serious about energy savings, it’s essential to consider your hard water problems first, and your results will be better.

What is the Most Expensive Hard Water Problem?

The Department of Energy carried out a survey and found that heating water accounts for 14-18% of the average energy costs in an American home. In fact, in some places, this could even be as high as 25%, and that is a significant part of any energy bill. For this reason, it’s vital to make sure that your water heating is running as efficiently as possible. The same WQA study referred to earlier found that running a water heater using softened water could save as much as 29% on the costs of water heating.

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