calcium in water heater and kitchen

I have somewhat hard water and getting calcium build-up in my water heater, thus pieces pugging up the sprinkler in the kitchen, etc. I'm wondering if a softner OR a filter system would help. And, if the latter, any source/brands that are good?
Karl in Spokane
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You could remove the screen. Or consider it the filter. Or consider softening the water. http://www.kinetico.com/residntl/hardsoft.htm

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Just don't believe everything they say about non-electric control valves being better than electrically powered models. Nor the counter-current regeneration being better part either. That all depends on your raw water quality. You won't see them last long on heavy iron, and heavy can be as little as 2 ppm. And the electronics they are talking about being the most frequently broken part... they must have included the lowest priced (read cheap quality) big box store stuff in the statistics. Fleck, GE/Autortol and Clack don't have problem electronics. Mechanical metering is best IMO, and Fleck has many mechanical models. None of the Fleck, Autotrol or Clack controls allow full line pressure on the brine line and float when they are in Service like the non-electric brand does.
If you want a twin tank model, look at Fleck's 5 different models or Autotrol. Fleck also has counter-current regeneration if you want it. Also, Fleck, Autotrol and Clack are all non-proprietary and parts can be found just about everywhere from numerous dealers and web sites.
Gary Quality Water Associates www.qualitywaterassociates.com
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Hi,
A softner will cure the problem. Another way is to flush the bottom of your hot water tank once a month but if it is full now it will be chunks so you may need the softner to break that up. An inline filter will help the current problem also. Pipe it in to the outlet above the tank. Calcium causes problems in tanks. It can actualy create electrolosis and eat through the jacket. An ionizing rod can help get it out too. Drop it in the tank if you can disconnet the piping. Your area must use well water or some high calcium water the city didn't treat right to lower it.
candice
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This may not be happening much anymore, but could the chunks actually be part of your water heater dip tube?

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