Hard Water Truth About Tankless Water Heaters

tankless water heater facts“All we want are the facts, ma’am.”— Joe Friday
Sergeant Joe Friday understood that getting to facts is what matter most when trying to solve a crime. His ‘no non-sense’, straightforward approach is what viewers appreciated most. Often the facts are obscured—especially when there are many opinions about the subject. Take, for instance, tankless water heaters. What are the facts about them, particularly in San Diego County?

San Diego County & Tankless Water Heaters

Although tankless water heaters are some of the newest and most efficient plumbing technologies available, they do have an Achilles heel—hard water. Instead of a nice narrative of why, here’s the cold hard facts.
Fact: San Diego and surrounding cities throughout the county suffer from hard water. Everyday Heath rates San Diego as one the worst cities in the US to suffer from hard water.
Fact: Hard water carries high volumes of calcium, dolomite, limestone, chalk, and other magnesium based minerals. These items often leave deposits on throughout plumbing pipes and fixtures.
Fact: Tankless water heaters use thin heating coils where water is passed through when hot water is demanded. Hard water deposits within these thins coils can cause significant damage to the unit.
Fact: Unless hard water is softened by means of a water softener before the water source reaches a tankless unit, it will need frequent cleaning. Without regular cleaning, the unit will most likely breakdown requiring the services of a water heater repair specialist.
If you are in the market for a tankless water heater, ask your local plumber to check the pH level of your water. You may want to couple the tankless water heater of your choice with a good water softener.
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