Efficiency and longevity are two of the biggest reasons to replace a conventional tank water heater with a tankless model. Not only can tankless water heaters last more than double the lifespan of tank models, but they can be anywhere from 8% to 34% more efficient, depending on how much hot water you use.
That being said, tankless water heaters cost more to purchase. When making this kind of investment in your home, you want to take preventative measures to help the equipment run efficiently for as long as possible. This is where installing a water softening system can be beneficial.
A Water Softener Can Prevent Limescale In Your Tankless Water Heater
Something most people don’t consider when installing a tankless water heater is the upkeep. Hot water can make your water heater prone to hard, crusty mineral buildup (or limescale). When limescale coats your water heater’s components, they’ll become less effective at heating water quickly.
If you don’t own a water softening system (or water softener), you’ll need to flush your tankless water heater with a descaling solution every 6 to 12 months, depending on how high your water’s mineral concentration is. The solution dissolves limescale and keeps your water heater’s parts functioning efficiently.
If your home is equipped with a water softener, your tankless water heater will require almost no maintenance. A water softener reduces the concentration of hard minerals in your home’s water. This means you’ll have significantly fewer limescale problems, if any.
A Water Softener Has Multiple Money-Saving Benefits
A Water softener can do more than preserve your tankless water heater’s efficiency:
- Your water-using appliances will last longer. Limescale can negatively affect your dishwasher and washing machine too! A water softener prevents that issue in these big-ticket appliances.
- Your hot water will heat up faster. The chlorides, calcium, and magnesium in hard water increase its boiling point. With these absent, water won’t take as long to warm up, which can have a positive impact on your energy bill and water usage.
- You can avoid water pressure issues. Limescale can coat your pipes, restricting their diameter and leading to weak water pressure. A water softener will prevent that buildup.
- Your hair, clothes, and dishes will feel cleaner. After installing a water softener, you won’t feel that film that minerals from hard water can leave behind. You should also experience softer, more moisturized skin.
Your Trusted Knoxville Plumbers
Interested in pairing your tankless water heater with a water softener? Our licensed plumbers are ready to help. Call The Plumbing Authority today at (865) 238-2280 to schedule your service!