Hard Well Water Can Reduce Your Hot Water Availability

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Hard Well Water Can Reduce Your Hot Water Availability

16 July 2021
 Categories: Business, Blog


Taking a hot shower can definitely be refreshing and soothing unless the hot water runs out too quickly. Then you are shivering while you try to rinse the shampoo out of your hair. If you are constantly running out of hot water, even when it hasn't been used all day, there's something wrong with your water heater, so you will need to call to have it repaired. Here's why. 

Sacrificial Anodes

Water from a well is typically hard, which means it contains minerals. When the water is heated or evaporates, it leaves mineral deposits. Due to the nature of water heaters having this effect on hard water, manufacturers place parts called sacrificial anodes inside the water heater tanks. The minerals naturally deposit on these anodes. But, as the name implies, this comes at their price. They are sacrificed in order to protect the rest of the tank. Therefore, the first thing your plumber or technician will do is to check the sacrificial anodes to determine if they need to be replaced. 

Sediment

Another thing that can happen with hard water in a water heater is that the mineral deposits create sludge or sediment at the bottom of the tank. This sediment is similar in appearance to that of watery, cooked oatmeal. If the anodes aren't replaced, this build-up of sediment gets deeper and deeper, taking up much-needed space inside the tank. In turn, this means there is less space overall for hot water for your long showers. Your plumber or technician can drain the water heater and remove the sediment.

It is a good idea to both replace the sacrificial anodes and remove the sediment at the same time.

Thermostat

Another thing that can cause your water heater to produce less water for you is a faulty thermostat. If your thermostat is bad or giving bad readings, the heating elements won't be triggered to turn on to heat the water and keep it hot. This could also be caused by hard water mineral deposits on various parts of the water heater. Your plumber or technician can repair the thermostat. 

If these types of issues happen often, ask your plumber about installing a water softener at the point of the water heater or for your entire home. This will help reduce repair costs in the future. 

For more information on water heater repairs, contact a water heater service in your area.