Water Softener Repair Tips And Tricks

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A water softener system in your home will improve the taste of your water and reduce contaminants to improve and extend the life of all of the household appliances. It reduces hard water that will make cleaning your home much simpler from softer laundry to glowing dishes. Unfortunately, when the system is not working correctly, several steps should occur to help fix the problems. You can clean the resin bed and the tank to extend the product's life. Here are a few tips to eliminate the issues that may happen to the unit.

Tools Needed

You can save time if you have a shop vacuum, bucket, a long-handled brush, liquid dish soap, and a 4-in-1 screwdriver handy for this project. You can keep yours working and running correctly by following the following guidelines. First, you should be familiar with the components in the unit.

Tips

Use pure salt along with iron remover. You can use regular rock salt because it is less expensive. However, in the long term, sediment can build up and clog the injector and control valve in the brine (salt) tank.

Don't add salt to the talk until the unit's supply is almost empty.

Steps to Clean the Brine Tank

  1. The hoses and lines need to be disconnected between the brine tank and water softener unit.
  2. Empty or siphon all the water out of the tank. Don't empty it on plants or the grass because of the high salt/water mixture.
  3. Take out and dispose of all the salt remaining in the tank.
  4. If the tank has a block of salt remaining, you can use hot or warm water to loosen and break it up.
  5. Not all units have a screen or brine grid at the bottom of the tank. If one is present, remove the grid screen.
  6. Pour some dish soap and water in the unit and scrub the brine tank thoroughly with a long-handled brush. Rinse it with water.
  7. Use 1/4 cup of bleach for the 2-3 gallons of clean water to bleach the tank allowing it to soak for 15 minutes. Scrub with a brush.
  8. Dump and rinse the unit.
  9. Connect all the lines to the brine tank together and drain.
  10. Add 5 gallons of clean water to the tank.
  11. Add at least two 50 pound bags of water softener salt to the tank. It should be at least ¼ full at all times.

These steps should be easy to follow. You should have a system that will work effectively if you change it a little more than annually. You will have a better water supply and enjoy the product with minimum maintenance. 

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