How a Water Softener Can Save Your Water Heater

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How a Water Softener Can Save Your Water Heater
  • Soap scum
  • Mineral deposits
  • Water spots on dishes
  • Faded clothes

Want us to go on? Those are just a few of the ways hard water is bad news for your Waterford, MI home. But for the purposes of this discussion let’s focus on what Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing believes is the worst problem resulting from hard water: damage to your water heater that can result in poor performance and an early replacement.

Magnesium, gypsum, & calcium

These are some of the minerals that make water “hard” and what creates problems in your pipes and your water heater. The temperature inside the tank promotes the growth of limescale from the minerals. This sediment accumulates at the bottom of the water heater slowing the heat transfer from the gas burner or electrical heating element. Over time this insulating layer forces the water heater to run longer and work harder which can mean cold showers for you.

Flushing is a temporary fix

Flushing your water heater can remove some of the deposits but it won’t last long. The minerals in the water will just start the process all over. Besides, too many people ignore their water heaters and don’t have them flushed on a regular basis.

Go soft

Water conditioning is the permanent solution to the problem. Specifically, a whole-house water softener which uses sodium (water softener salt) to eliminate the minerals and limescale. This makes your water heater more efficient and it will last longer. Not to mention all the little benefits of soft water like softer hair, skin, and laundry.

Here to help

Don’t be afraid to ask Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for help when it comes to water conditioning in your Waterford, MI home. Start with water testing by our experts. Then learn about the options for installing a whole house water softener. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great information throughout the year.