Water Softener Repair
Typical Procedures For Do It Yourself Repair
While a consumer hopes water softener repair never becomes an issue in their household, there are typical problems that arise, which may or may not call for the assistance of a professional.
With the varying costs of water softener replacement parts and the time it takes to fix malfunctions, familiarizing yourself with basic issues and common solutions can help you save time, money, and energy in the long run.
Common Water Softener Problems
Water softener repair often hinges upon the use of sodium.
One of the most common issues regarding the use of salt is that people with hypertension or heart concerns need to monitor the quantities of sodium that enter water through the softening process.
Some consumers have been able to simply remedy this problem by substituting the addition of sodium chloride with potassium chloride (a more expensive option).
A better approach to consider is to install a bypass pipe that prevents drinking and cooking water from passing through the water softening filter.
Some consumers try to buy the most expensive and largest water softener for their home, but wind up compromising the household when their system is too large – causing the overall results to become inefficient.
When the water softener is too small for the home, the flow of water becomes restricted and hardness takes place.
Common repairment concerns may also involve the replacement of valves, gaskets, pistons, couplings, seals, drain lines, motors, drain plungers, and drive shafts.
Water Softener Repair Preparation
When you wish to save a little money on repairing your water softener, following basic instructions and guidelines regarding your unit will ensure desirable results.
The first rule of repairment is to turn off the system. In order to accomplish this step, follow the pipes coming out of the system to the point where they connect with the household plumbing system.
Many people will locate some sort of isolation valve (sometimes more than one), which displays an arrow pointing towards 'soft.'
To turn off the softener, twist the valve in the opposing direction, which isolates the unit from the water system. Next, turn off the power supply connected to the softener. Once this is complete, water softener repair may safely begin.
Do It Yourself Water Softener Repair
One of the main repairs associated with water softeners is to replace the control valve, which adds about 15 to 20 years to the longevity of a unit. When replacing the valve, the distributor tube is also restored.
Water Softener Repair Equipment
Once the water softener is turned off, you will disconnect the old valve and distributor tube that is connected to the resin tank.
The new distributor tube should be constructed and ready to install, as it needs to become equal to the top of the resin tank.
The new valve is then screwed onto the resin tank and the water reconnected. Last, the valve is started up, followed by the setting of the clock and timer for regeneration (when applicable).
Another water softener repair procedure involves the replacing of the resin located inside the unit, which is responsible for the ion exchange regarding the water. While the resin is long lasting, replacement eventually becomes an issue.
After turning off the unit, unscrew and remove the control valve and distributor tube. The remaining water is then drained out and the removal of the old resin takes place.
If the interior of the tank appears soiled, use bleach and a toilet brush to clean it out. New resins are then poured into the system, which is much easier with the use of a funnel. Once complete, reconnect the distributor tube and control valve, allowing the resin to backwash for ten minutes.
As for getting a hold of water softener replacement parts, valves and other items – they are available at the local plumbing store and acquired when directly contacting the manufacturers.
Before completely replacing your water softener, a simple check by a specialist can save you hundreds of dollars. Some consumers have salvaged their softeners with a professional repair for under $200. A softener expert may overhaul the unit for about $60 to $100.
Water Softener Repair Checks
When issues with your water softener appear, you may have to simply clean out a specific part of the unit. Common parts include the brine tank, resin bed, and resin tank injector.
For example, it is important to prevent the formation of hardened salt within the brine tank, which usually accumulates when too much salt is added.
Using a broomstick, you can break up the salt and then dispose, while a shop vac easily removes leftover sediment. Overall, periodic checks of your softener will help you maintain the life of your unit for many years to come.
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