Water softeners are essential devices for every household with hard water. There are lots of benefits to having a water softener system, and they make significant investments. However, the systems are complex and as with any pieces of equipment have the potential to suffer a breakdown or malfunction.
Although most water softener companies offer technical assistance for this occurrence, it can sometimes prove expensive, and you can solve many of these problems easily. There are a couple of issues you may experience during the lifecycle of your water softener system. And here are some of the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.
Resin Beads Replacement
Primarily, the resin beads within your water softener will last as long as the lifespan of the system. However, just like anything else, they can break down or not work to their full capacity. When you find mixed sand-like particles in your water or the water softener requires frequent recharging, then it is more likely the resin beads needs to be replaced.
How to fix it: Replacing the resin beans is quite simple. To do it, close the valves leading to the water softener, then open the bypass valve. You can also find details of how to do this in your manufacturer’s manual.
Blockages or Clogs
One of the most common problems you will encounter using water softener is a blockage and clogging. You should know that plumbing systems will always be vulnerable to clogging or blockage, especially when you consider that minerals and salt may buildup to create deposits that will block the showerhead or aerator – with water softeners, usually clogging forms in either the filter screen or brine line.
How to fix it: some specific units usually offer solutions on how you can remove blockages from a particular water softener. If the obstruction is not in the line, check the aerators and showerheads. You can clean out these units with water.
The motor of a water softener is not different from that of the car, and as such, it can fail. There are several things you can do to make sure it doesn’t give up any time soon. Maintenance is usually the key to an efficient and safe device. When your water softener dies or fails to operate, the problem probably has to do with the motor. However, to be sure, ensure all the cables are not damaged.
How to fix it: When it comes to this type of problem, you would require a professional service to replace the motor.
In some cases, the water softener brine tank will be overwhelmed with crusty material which reduces water flow. This crusty material usually forms due to many salts in the softener and high humidity. When salt bridge happens, it prevents the water softener from using the salt. It will also prevent the water softener system from going through the regeneration cycle.
How to fix it: The problem is easy to fix once you identify the salt bridge. Thrust a long stick into the tank to break the salt.