This could be the home’s most expensive hard water problem. Those scale deposits can wreak havoc on many appliances in your home, from the dishwasher to the hot water heater. Hard water can wear them down over time. They become less and less effective until eventually, they break down.
A buildup of minerals in your water heater can make it far less efficient. The same goes for other appliances like dishwashers, coffee pots, washing machines, and humidifiers. Many advancements in technology have made “high efficiency” versions of all of these appliances, which can’t function as intended when bogged down by hard water.
Also, the icemaker in your fridge can stop working as scale deposits clog up valves. The American Water Works Association says hard water can cause a washing machine to wear out 30% faster than normal. Find out more from this Water-Right Group post, Why your Appliances Don’t Stand the Test of Time.