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    Posted July 4, 2014 by
    San Antonio, Texas

    Q & A with Green Water Technologies: The Effects of Hard, Unconditioned Water on Appliances

    The experts at Green Water Technologies answer questions about hard, unconditioned water and its effects on water heaters and other water-consuming household appliances.

    Q: What exactly is hard, unconditioned water?

    Green Water Technologies: Hard, unconditioned water is water which contains a high concentration of minerals including calcium carbonate.

    Q: What can hard, unconditioned water do to harm appliances?

    Green Water Technologies: Unsoftened water can leave a mineral residue inside of an appliance. This residue can stress the equipment’s moving parts and lead to premature failure.

    Q: Which is usually affected more adversely, gas or electric water heaters?

    Green Water Technologies: Both gas and electric water heaters are at risk of damage by using hard, unconditioned water in the home.

    Q: Do electric water heaters utilizing soft, conditioned water operate more efficiently than those running with hard, unconditioned water?

    Green Water Technologies: Electric water heaters in homes with hard, unconditioned water have a power consumption that is 4 to 8% higher on a daily basis than those utilizing softened water.

    Q: How problematic is mineral accumulation in electric water heaters?

    Green Water Technologies: An electric water heater can accumulate over 30 pounds of mineral residue over its lifetime. This makes it difficult for the appliance to function at its best. In a controlled environment, an electric water heater will fail within a year of simulated hard, unconditioned water use.

    Q: Are water heaters using hard, unconditioned water less efficient?

    Green Water Technologies: Gas water heaters are almost twice as efficient when utilizing soft, conditioned water versus those running with their mineral deposits intact.

    Q: Do tankless water heaters perform better than regular water heaters with hard, unconditioned water?

    Green Water Technologies: According to studies, tankless water heaters actually run a higher risk of premature failure than regular gas or electric models – many fail within 18 months. By stark contrast, those using conditioned water were recorded as having a factory efficiency rating for the entire life of the appliance.

    Q: What other home appliances are impacted by the type of water they use?

    Green Water Technologies: Other home appliances that are at risk include the washer and dishwasher. Additionally, faucets and tubs are at risk of unsightly rust stains.

    Q: How often do washers and dishwashers need cleaning when utilizing hard, unconditioned water versus soft, treated water?

    Green Water Technologies: Washing machines utilizing softened water rarely need cleaning beyond the surface. However, in a recent controlled study those using hard, unconditioned water needed descaling after an average of 30 days.

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