Appliances Damaged by Hard Water

    Published: June 3, 2014

    How is Hard Water Affecting Your Appliances?

    Many Americans find that over time, appliances begin to clog and water heaters lose efficiency. After all, 85% of Americans have hard water in their homes. ‘Hard water’ has a high content of minerals, particularly calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg). Hard water originated in the US over the millennia, as water erosion dissolved rock and limestone throughout the country. The result of those processes: the introduction of high concentrations of Ca and Mg in the water table.

    The existence of those minerals in a home’s water supply can lead to expensive repair costs that can run into the hundreds of dollars per year.

    Appliances Damaged by Hard WaterHard water costs homeowners money because it is simply not as efficient for many household tasks as soft water. It can cause permanent damage to many home appliances over time.

    How can homeowners tell if hard water is gumming up appliances and other systems at home? Here are some simple signs:

    • Water heaters lose efficiency: Sediment build up can cut the efficiency of the water heater by a staggering 48%.

    • Refrigerators clog: The ice maker or water tap in the fridge may have clogged parts, shortening the lifespan of the unit.

    • Clothes and dishes don’t clean: The dishwasher and washing machine will not work as well as they once did because scale build up reduces efficiency. Clothes may have a stiff or hard feel (which, it is believed, is where the term ‘hard water’ originated). Inlet valves on these machines may clog. Some experts claim that using hard water in a dishwasher or washing machine reduces appliance life by 30%!

    How to Tell If Your Water Is Hard or Soft?

    Find out in a simple two-step water bottle test:

    1.Get a bottle you can easily fill half way with the water you want to test. Screw on the cap (or put your thumb over the opening) and shake it up, then dump out the water.

    2. Fill the water bottle up half way again and add five or six drops of liquid dish soap. Cap it off and give it a few good shakes.

    If the bottle is full of soapsuds and suds flow out when the cap is removed, you do not have hard water. The more you have to shake the bottle to get it to fill with suds, and the less time those suds last, the “harder” your water. If all you get is soapy film, then you have very hard water. You can also purchase a water test kit at PelicanWater.com for a complete evaluation of your water quality.

    So, how can you avoid the appliance problems that accompany hard water? One of the most cost-effective ways is to install a home water softener. The Pelican NaturSoft® is the most eco-friendly, water softener alternative with salt free technology on the market, and doesn’t require electricity. After getting a feel for the great work done by the NaturSoft® consumers might want to step up their filtration system yet another notch. That’s where the Pelican Combo Series, an industry-leading home water filter system that filters chlorine and contaminants from drinking water, comes in handy. In addition to softening water like the Pelican NaturSoft®, Pelican Combo Series helps to remove chlorine that bleaches your clothes.

    Remember, Pelican Water’s water softener alternatives protect home appliances and water heaters from scale build up, without the environmental pollution that salt-based water softeners can cause.

    Families who want to maximize the life of their appliances, as well as the quality of the water they drink, should consider the benefits of a Pelican home water filter and softener.