Hard water is caused by the accumulation of minerals, mostly calcium, potassium and magnesium, within water lines. Hard water is not only unhealthy water, but it can wreak havoc on your appliances – such as your dishwasher. If your dishwasher hasn’t been functioning as well as it did when it was new, there’s a very real possibility that hard water is the reason why.
Continue reading to learn five tell-tale symptoms of hardwater affecting your dishwasher.
Are you pulling cloudy dishes out of your dishwasher after every cycle? This is the most common sign that your dishwasher is being impacted by the presence of the minerals found in hard water. When the water evaporates, it leaves a residue of these minerals behind. This results in that cloudy appearance on the surface of your dishes.
If clouds are appearing on your dishes, you can bet that these minerals are also depositing on the other interior surfaces of your dishwasher. This can lead to a host of other problems if left unattended.
Your dishes aren’t coming out as clean as you should, so you might feel like you’re just not using enough dish detergent. This is, more than likely, not the case. In fact, doing this can cause soap residue to build up in your dishwasher – resulting in an even poorer cleansing.
If your dishwasher is accumulating soap scum, you might just clean it up as best you can and move on. But if it routinely happens, reoccurring every time you’ve done your best to clean the scum away, hard water minerals could be responsible. The scaly, white deposits can appear anywhere in your dishwasher, as well as on your dishes.
Even if your dishes come out of the wash looking great, they may have a metallic odor if you’ve got hard water problems. Hard water results in this unpleasant smell, which may deter you from wanting to use your own dishes.
Aside from incidental occurrences, dishwashers are supposed to live for around ten years with minimal repairs necessary. Hard water will result in more visits from plumbing and dishwasher professionals, as this type of build-up compromises the functionality of dishwashers. If your dishwasher is always in need of repairs or has needed to be replaced in a short period of time, consider the possibility of hard water.
The dishwasher is a highlight of your kitchen. It makes life easier and allows you to spend more time doing the things you love, rather than doing dishes. If you are seeing any of the above signs, you need to address the hard water issue in your home.