Across the Chicagoland area, there are several cities that must deal with the effects of hard water. Although there are softening systems used for some of your water needs, the hot water tank is often subjected to hard water exposure. In homes that allow this, hot water tanks have a rather short lifespan. As the water is heated within the tank, much of the deposits in the water begin to settle within the unit. Over time these deposits become a thick layer of sediment lining the tank. They coat nearly every part of the unit, and when the sediment clogs the burners, the system suffers.
Problems Caused by Sediment:
- Lowered Energy Efficiency: Sediment coated burners consume more fuel due to the fact that it takes much more effort than normal to heat water for the home. Every ½ inch of sediment will cause the system to consume 70% more fuel than necessary according to research published in a nation plumbing journal. That translates into sky high energy bills in your home!
- Tank Corrosion: Many of these sediment particles have the ability to eat away at the metal of the tank. In a matter of only a few years, a sediment laden tank can become corroded through and need replacement.
- Poor Heat Transfer: Sediment interferes with the natural and efficient transfer of heat in your system. This results in uneven production of hot water and decreased energy efficiency.
- Rumbling Noises: Hot water tanks that are lined with sediment build-up often let out an annoying rumbling noise as the system attempts to make hot water for your home.
All of these problems eventually add up to an increased need for regular maintenance and premature system failure. You could either replace your hot water tank every five years, or you could call Four Seasons. Here at Four Seasons we offer our customers top of the line Bradford White hot water heating systems. They have created a technology that prevents sediment for settling in your tank by creating a constant turbulence in the water flow. This innovative advancement has made it possible for homeowners to counteract the horrible effects of hard water in their hot water.