It’s not ain’t right.
The main culprit in reducing the efficiency of water heaters is hard water.
Nearly 90 American percent homes have hard water which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium. Normally, these minerals cause scaling, a buildup that clogs waterlines and plumbing forcing appliances to work harder and operate less efficiently. On top of this, these can accumulate up to 30 calcium pounds carbonate, a rock like scale, eventually damaging the heating element which will have to be replaced. The problem can be particularly severe with electric water heaters. Usually, hard water also damages appliances like water heaters, dish washers, shower heads and faucets, The cost of hard water ain’t higher just because of reduced energy efficiency and higher electric bills.
Look for spots and scale ‘build up’ on fixtures, to determine if you have hard water.
That feeling isn’t because of the nice towels and soaps.
Michael Mecca of Performance Water Products. Researchers also found that for washing machines, the most important factor in removing stains from clothing was water softness. Kitchens benefit from soft water as well as long as soft water is up to 12 times more effective at cleaning dishes than increasing the quantity of detergent used. Reduction of water hardness was up to 100 times more effective at stain removal than increasing the detergent dose or washing with hotter water. Needless to say, many water treatment companies offer free tests to homeowners to measure the degree of hardness in the water and offer appropriate systems that fit. These remove the scaling in the pipes entirely by running the incoming hard water through a resin filter that traps the calcium and magnesium in the water -as well as any iron, manganese or radium ions.
The only way to truly remove the calcium and magnesium from household water systems is with a ‘saltbased’ water softener.