Is Hard Water Hurting Your Appliances?

Hard water can create real problems for homeowners. From leaving unpleasant rings around the tub and toilet to making your hair and skin feel dry and brittle, hard water tends to do more damage than good. But did you know that hard water can actually wear down your washing machine and dishwasher, too?

Plummer assessing if hard water is hurting home appliances.

Let’s take a look at why hard water is bad for your appliances.

Mineral Buildup in Your Water Heater

When a home has hard water, calcium and magnesium are often present, which can settle on the bottom of your water heater. This eventually creates a clog that makes it more difficult for water to flow freely. It also makes your heater work twice as hard to warm your water. And the more energy it uses the more money goes out of your pocket each month!

Aside from its costly consequences, hard water can also cause several other household issues:

Hard Water & Your Dishwasher

Cloudy glassware is a telltale sign of hard water issues in your home. The minerals, found in hard water, make it difficult for your dishwasher to completely wash away soap and debris, leaving mineral deposits behind.

While there are some in-store cleaning products that claim to cut buildup, these products can also wreak havoc on your dishwasher over time. The best solution is to just soften the water from the start!

Hard Water & Your Washing Machine

Not only does hard water make your clothes and linens feel rough and look faded, but it can also wear down your washing machine. Using hard water, your washing machine needs to work twice as hard to get clothes clean. That means it’s more likely to burnout faster, and your water bill may also be higher as a result.

Spending more money on new clothes after they fade, a new washer after it breaks, and more water usage doesn’t sound like much of a bargain, does it?

Hard Water & Your Kitchen Equipment

Your beloved coffee machine can’t handle all that hard water. It’s true! After a while, scale buildup will take hold within the appliance, making it difficult for it to function properly. The same can be said for ice machines and other small kitchen appliances that use water.

Sure, the risk of having to retire these items early can be minimized with regular maintenance, but why waste all that time and energy when you can just have softer water flowing through your entire home?

Meet Your Water Conditioning Experts

Ready to stop hard water in its tracks once and for all? Contact Aquarius Water Conditioning for a free water analysis. We’ll help you find an effective home water system that keeps your appliances running strong and saves you money on your utility bills.

We offer a full series of Kinetico® Water Softeners to help tackle any hard water issue you might be experiencing. And we’ve helped many homeowners throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin find quality solutions at affordable prices.

To learn how we can help you, request a free quote today! Once you submit a request, a member of our team will reach out to you to learn more about your water issues. Shortly after that, one of our experienced technicians will schedule a time to assess your water’s quality and educate you on your options, so you feel more empowered and confident to take the next steps towards cleaner, softer water.