Water Softener Maintenance
Simple Steps For Effective Water Softening
Water softener maintenance is relatively simple and could save a lot of time and possible repair later if basic care of the machine is taken on a regular basis.
If you do nothing else with your water softener, make sure to keep up with replacing the salt as needed.
A water softener can’t be damaged by operating without salt, but the machine will lose its effectiveness without it.
However, by being proactive and troubleshooting any potential problems, you’ll significantly extend the life of your softener.
What other steps can you take in the area of maintaining a good condition of your water softener?
Extend Your Softener's Lifespan
To lengthen the life of your water softener and the water softener resin located inside the mineral tank, follow this procedure in addition to simply adding salt to your machine.
First, consider the flow. If you have a brine or drain line blockage, the result will be vile-tasting water.
The reason this happens is because part of the water, brine and waste that is circulated and flushed out during the regeneration process will remain in the mineral tank.
In order to prevent this from happening, simply free the drain line, the drain line control and brine line of debris.
First, put your water softener in bypass mode. Next, disconnect the brine line from the brine tank and the control valve.
Inside one end of the brine line, you should see a small cylindrical screen. Take it out and wash it in hot, soapy water.
Remove any obstructions from the brine line. Using the manual, locate your brine injector and use a pin or paperclip to gently remove any built-up debris. Once this is done, replace the cylindrical screen and re-attach your brine line.
Check the Draining Process
The second thing you'll want to do is to check your drain line for ease of flow.
Remove the drain line from the control valve. Inside the control valve will be a fitting that resembles a screen, right where the hose attaches. Remove any debris that is present.
Next, look at your drain line to determine if there are any obstructions. Just to make certain, run water through the line with a garden hose. In order for this to be effective, use an adapter or nozzle with a tight fit.
If the line is free from debris, the water should flow down freely. If the water doesn’t flow freely, remove the exit end of the hose and check for blockage.
Replace the hose if the water is still not flowing freely. Check to make sure the exit end of your hose is not up against anything as well. Re-attach the hose and open your bypass and you have completed your water softener maintenance, until next time.
How often should the maintenance of your water softener be done for optimal performance?
Every home uses a different amount of water, but a good gauge would be to do the maintenance about every 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of water that runs through your system. That might be about every six months or so for the average household.
Water softener maintenance is essential for keeping your machine working at an optimal level and it doesn’t take all that much time.
Perform these steps a few times a year and you'll be thankful you did when your machine lasts longer than it was "supposed" to last.
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