Household appliances are expensive and costly to replace. If your home has hard water, the water-using appliances are at risk of degrading from mineral buildup caused by poor water quality. Detergents and other cleaning products can help you combat hard water, but they won’t protect your home appliances against hard water. The truth is, soft water can solve hard water problems for every water-using appliance in your home. In fact, in many cases, appliance manufacturers suggest the use of soft water for optimal performance. Some manufacturers will void your appliance’s warranty if you use hard water.

Any water-using appliance in your home can be negatively affected by hard water. Washing machines, dishwashers and water heaters are three expensive items that can be greatly affected.

Washing machine heating element damaged by hard waterHard Water & Washing Machines

Many complaints about washing machines producing poor results can be traced to hard water. Hardness minerals interfere with the cleaning action of soaps and detergents. As a result, people use more laundry detergent to counteract hard water, and even then, the desired result is not the outcome. Hardness minerals also react with detergents, resulting in a chalky-white substance that makes fabrics stiff and rough. This can also cause colors to fade.

Scale can also build up in washing machines reducing performance and efficiency. As hard water minerals build-up on the pump and other moving parts, the appliance will begin to fail.

Man repairing broken dishwasherHard Water & Dishwashers

Hard water is one of the major reasons tableware doesn’t come clean in a dishwasher. Dishwasher detergents cannot achieve desired outcomes when used with hard water. Spotting, staining and often just poor cleansing action can be attributed to the chemical reaction of minerals found in untreated hard water. When this happens, water droplets that dry on glassware can leave hard water stains and can permanently etch the glass. Eventually, all glassware will have a dull, cloudy appearance that cannot be fixed. Some people use rinse aids to reduce the spotting on their glasses and utensils but using soft water and low drying temperatures can eliminate this problem.

In addition, hard water will slowly reduce the effectiveness of the components in your dishwasher which can lead to early replacement of an expensive appliance.

Water heater cutaway with scale hard water damage

Hard Water & Water Heaters

Whether you have a gas or electric water heater, hard water will cause your unit to use significantly more energy than soft water. The calcium and magnesium found in hard water forms a rock-like scale when heated. The scale forms primarily in the bottom of the tank, or where the heating element is located. When coated, the heating element must heat through the rock-like buildup before it can heat the water. This uses more energy, reduces efficiency and can eventually cause appliance failure, leaving you with cold water.

There is a solution

When you install a water softener, you will transform hard water into soft water and increase your appliance life, lower repair bills and decrease your energy consumption. You can reduce detergent use by up to two-thirds, saving you money on cleaning solutions. Clothes will look and feel better without minerals and detergent left in the fabric, and they’ll last longer too.

Schedule a water test today to see which Kinetico water softener is the best solution for your home.