Is Hard Water Affecting Your Dishwasher?

Dishwashers are a fantastic modern convenience, but your water quality may not be up to the task. If your dishes are not sparkling clean or your appliance keeps having repair issues, it may be a result of having hard water. Hard water can have a massive impact on your home, but here we’ll look at whether hard water is affecting your dishwasher. Is Hard Water Affecting Your Dishwasher

Dirty Dishes

One of the most frustrating things about running a home is to have to keep repeating the same chore. So, when you open up your dishwasher to unload and find that your dishes don’t look clean, it can be very annoying. While your first thought may be that your dishwasher is at fault, foggy or cloudy dishes are usually a result of hard water. Foggy dishes, particularly glasses can be aesthetically displeasing, and you may not enjoy eating off dishes that seem to be covered in a white film. Many people assume that adding more detergent will resolve the issue, but it can actually make the problem worse. The reason for this is that the minerals in hard water react with the chemicals in the detergent to create that foggy appearance. So, adding more detergent just adds more material for the water to react with. Although you can use vinegar or other chemicals to clear the fogging from your glassware, this fails to address the issue; the hard water. 

Appliance Problems

Hard water doesn’t just create aesthetic problems with your dishes; it could also be damaging your appliance. The same hard water minerals that create a cloudy appearance on your glasses, china, and silverware can also accumulate inside the dishwasher itself. Mineral scale tends to build up around the heating element, which makes it harder for the machine to reach the correct water temperature. As the dishwasher is forced to work harder, it loses efficiency, and greater strain is placed on key components. Over time, your dishwasher will start to suffer from excessive wear and tear, and you may even experience cascade failures that compromise the lifespan of the appliance.

Correcting the Problems

Fortunately, there is a simple solution to correct all of your hard water issues. A whole house water softener system will eliminate hard water minerals at the point where the water supply enters your home. This means that the water that is fed to all of your appliances, faucets, and fixtures will be softened. This not only removes the dangers of hard water to your dishwasher, but will also create improvements around your home. You’re likely to find that your laundry is softer and appears cleaner, with less color fading. You may also find that your hair and skin feel softer, as you are able to fully rinse off any soap film and residue when bathing. You may even find that your energy bills are more manageable as all your appliances, including your washing machine, dishwasher and water heater are able to work more efficiently.

If you have concerns that hard water may be affecting your dishwasher and other appliances, you should speak to a water treatment expert. A fully WQA certified technician can not only test the hardness levels of your water, but guide you through the treatment options best suited to your specific water conditions.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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