How Hard water can affect your central heating system

Posted September 28, 2020 by Jon Matthews

You probably care about how your water tastes and notice if it leaves stains on your clothes or drinking glasses. However, the reality is that your water quality also has a significant impact on your boiler unit.

Over time, hard water can slowly cause damage to your central heating system. The build-up of minerals caused by hard water can cost you a fortune in household energy use, and eventually boiler, plumbing, appliances, and radiator replacement. Learn more about how hard water affects your central heating system so you can take proper action.

Impact of Hard Water

Hard water contains large quantities of minerals, including calcium and magnesium. The main downside of hard water is that it can produce hard scale build-up within your plumbing and heating system. The impact is that it can cause your heating system to have to work harder than it should, and it may eventually become faulty and fail.

Hard water is problematic for central heating systems because the calcium in the water hardens as the water warms up. Not only this, but as it heats up, it tends to stick to surfaces, including the inside of your boiler and radiators.

What You Can Do

You may think to use a water softener to try to solve the problem. However, many softeners use salt, which can cause a similar type of build-up. There are a variety of solutions that can help get your central heating back to normal.

We offer a range of central heating services to help repair and resolve problems you might be having. Get in touch today if you’re looking to install a new boiler for your home that’s more efficient and can help you save on your energy bills.