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Dave Anderson

02:29AM | 09/11/03
Member Since: 10/23/02
41 lifetime posts
I'm having problems with bits of calcium breaking loose from the hot water tank. While I realize that I need to do something to prevent it from building in the first place, is there any type of filter that would go on the output (hot water) side of the tank? All of the home water filter systems I see mention nothing about being able to work with hot water...

Thanks

Dave

Nightlife1

05:41PM | 09/14/03
Member Since: 09/13/03
8 lifetime posts
There are filters designed to work on the hot water side of the heater. The thing that you really need to consider is removing the deposites in the first place. Your hot water heater probably has alot of build up in it. This is caused by hard water, and a water softner is what you need.

Also with a large build up in your hot water heater, it is probably wasting alot of energy. You may want to consider a new water heater, just for the savings in energy costs. Once your hot water heater has a large deposite in it, it is pretty hard to clean it out. How old is the unit?

Dave Anderson

02:19AM | 09/15/03
Member Since: 10/23/02
41 lifetime posts
The unit is about 7 years old. I took it apart and cleaned it all out. I have a water softener, but apparently I need to install a magnet or something to keep the buildup from continuing.

I still would like to look into a sediment filter for the hot water side, but haven't been able to find anything that takes more than 100ºF heat. Any recommendations?

Thanks

Dave

Nightlife1

04:52PM | 09/18/03
Member Since: 09/13/03
8 lifetime posts
What kind of softner do you have? It is probably not working correctly if you are getting scalle build up. Those magnets are a joke they don't do anything. I will try to find you some info on the hot water filter.

devildog

04:22PM | 09/24/03
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
First thing I would do is take a sample of water to a water softener dealer. I think most of them have a test they can do to tell you how hard the water is. My softener had a dial on it to say how much softening it needed. Does yours?
I know you said you took the water heater apart, but how long ago was that? Do you drain it from the bottom periodically? Maybe the scale buildup is in the pipes.



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