How Does Utah’s Hard Water Affect Home Appliances?

How hard water affects your appliances

Your water-using home appliances take a beating at the hands of Utah’s notoriously mineral-heavy (hard) water.

Understanding what excess minerals do to your water – and what that water does to your plumbing system and home appliances – is only half the battle. Figuring out what to do about this costly and annoying problem is the key to resolving it.

What Is Hard Water & How Does It Affect You?

The level of hardness is determined by the concentration of minerals in the water. Specifically, calcium carbonate is the most common mineral culprit, although magnesium also factors into the problem.

When a high level of these minerals is present in your home’s water, drinking it or cooking with it doesn’t pose any threat to your family’s health.

From a more practical perspective, hard water can also cost you time, frusteration and money.

How Hard Water Affects Your Home Appliances

Mineral scale builds up everywhere hard water flows. This includes plumbing pipes, faucets, fixtures and home appliances such as your washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, ice maker, water heater, etc. Don’t forget about countertop appliances either, like your coffee maker and electric kettle.

This accumulation – which can build up quickly – causes your appliances to work harder while reducing their efficiency. It also requires your appliances to use more electricity –almost 50 percent more, according to research from the Battelle Memorial Institute.

You also have to use more detergent to achieve the same level of cleaning as you would with soft water, as the excess minerals interact with soaps to reduce their efficacy.

What Can You Do About Hard Water?

If you don’t want to spend more money than necessary on appliance repair and replacement, excessive power bills and extra soaps and detergents, you need to take steps to resolve your hard water problem.

For most Utah homeowners and business owners, adding a water softener system is a highly effective way to resolve this problem.

Choosing a water softener system from Kinetico makes even more sense, based on their unique design. Kinetico systems are non-electric and require no programming or setting. And, no matter how much water you use, your system will keep pace, providing a continuous supply.

For more than 30 years, Kinetico has provided Utah customers with exceptional service and the highest quality water filtration and softening systems available today. Our state-of-the-art technology means healthier, better-tasting (and smelling) water with exceptional reliability and no maintenance – all at a surprisingly affordable cost.

For a free water analysis for your Utah home or business, contact us today. We look forward to helping you resolve your hard water challenges.

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