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Three Reasons Why You Should Avoid Installing A Hot Water Heater Until You Have Soft Water

Hard water kills appliances by clogging them up and making them run less efficiently. The same holds true for water heaters. If you need water heater service or you need to replace your water heater, here are three reasons why you should avoid either until you have installed a water softener.

Softened Water Will Extend the Life of Your Water Heater

Without softened water, your water heater's projected six or nine years will be shortened and you will find that you replace your water heater much more frequently. If you are in the process of removing an old water heater and replacing it with a brand new one, consider installing a water softener system at the same time so that sediment from your hard water does not have time to collect in your new water heater. By installing both systems and keeping both in excellent condition, you can expect that your new water heater will last that six or nine or more years it says on the lab

Softened Water Will Clear the Pipes 

The plumbing that connects the water heater to the rest of the house undoubtedly has a lot of scale buildup from years of hard water. Over time, some of that scale breaks off and travels through the pipes, into and out of your water heater. If you know that you will have to replace your water heater soon, but you can hold off on replacing it for a few months, install the water softener now. The softened water will help break up the hard water scales in your pipes and your current water heater so that when you remove the old water heater to replace it with the new one, there is less of a risk of any remaining scales floating into the new water heater.

It Takes Time to Circulate Softened Water

It takes a few cycles in your water softener before the water to the entire house has been properly "softened." If you replace your water heater on the exact same day that you install a new water softener, you may have some hard water filling the tank of the heater until your softener has cycled through over the next few days. If you want to completely avoid any hard water in your brand-new water heater, hold off its installation until your water softener has been running for at least a few days, if not a week or more. Then, when the water heater technician opens the water valves to the tank for the first time, you know you will only get softened water filling the tank.

For more information, contact a service like C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning.