A water softener works to remove the hardness minerals from the water. These minerals are collected through the brine tank into the resin tank and then drained away. This process may be affected by prolonged power outage or change in water hardness and in some cases you can install a faucet water filter for this process, you can learn more about that in this article.
Before you consider repairing the water softener, check its normal settings and the water hardness results. In case you get hard water from your softener even when the timer clock and hardness settings are working correctly, you may need to repair it.
Repairing a Water Softener
1) Clean-up the Brine/Salt Tank
Salt deposition into the brine tank results to formation of crust. This deposition can be as a result of too much and infrequent addition of salt. This salt prevents the water passage into the resin tank. Eventually, this blockage affects the flow of water through the softener.
You can use a broomstick to break the salt crust in the brine tank. The stick is used to hit and break the crust in order to dispose it easily. After disposing the salt, wash the tank using soap and water. The tank should be washed thoroughly so as to remove all the sediments and salt residues. Also, rinse the tank well with a lot of water before fitting it back into its position.
2) Clean the Resin Bed
The resin bed should be cleaned at least two times annually. The tank is designed to hold the water loaded with calcium, magnesium, and other impurities from the water. The accumulation of such elements may block and clog the tank input and output points.
Resin bed cleaner is essential in this task. However, you may need to have clear water iron in order to use resin bed cleaner effectively. A clear water iron checks the hardness of water from the resin tank. If the water does not turn rusty or cloudy, then the resin tank has been effectively cleaned.
3) Check and Clean Venturi Assembly
This point connects the brine tank to the resin tank. Thus, it provides a way for the water loaded with hardness elements and impurities. However, this point is highly susceptible to clogging as a result of deposition of sediment on its screen and nozzles.
Blockage of this point may prevent residues from passing to the resin tank. As a result, water may remain hard despite passing over the water softener. Cleaning up this point clears the way to the resin tank thus reducing pressure on the water softener.
4) Fit a New Valve to the Control Head
An old valve may prevent easy flow of water across the water softener. The valve is the main control point of the water softener. If the valve is faulty, it might not be possible for the water softener to function effectively. When replacing it, shut water off at the connection point, disconnect the previous valve, and fit the new one into position.
5) Check the Functionality of Other Parts
Ensure that all the other parts are functioning as required of them. These include: the hose pipe connecting water softener to the brine tank, manifold tube, and the main control head. If all these parts are functioning correctly after repair, your water softener will resume its proper working condition.
A water softener is the main determinant of the quality of water in your household or enterprise. Before repairing it, you may run hot water in order to flush any present hard water. Also, you may take a sample of water to a water softener dealer and run a water hardness test. This will help you in confirming the fault in your water softener.