Water softeners are a household appliance found in many homes throughout the United States. They are designed to remove minerals such as calcium and magnesium from water, making it “softer.” This can be beneficial for appliances that use water such as dishwashers and washing machines because it helps them function more efficiently. However, if your water softener is not working properly, you may need to repair or replace it.
Benefits of a Water Softener
There are many benefits of having ion exchange water softeners in your home. As mentioned, it can prolong the life of appliances that use water. In addition, softer water can make your skin and hair feel better after showering and may even help reduce soap scum buildup in your bathroom.
Common Problems with Water Softeners
Unfortunately, water softeners can sometimes break down and stop working properly. This is usually due to one of two things: a power outage or a problem with the salt level.
If you live in an area with frequent power outages, it’s important to have a backup power source for your water softener so that it doesn’t become damaged. One option is to purchase a backup battery; elsewhere, you might decide to get a generator.
If the problem is with the salt level, it’s usually because there isn’t enough salt in the system; as you’ve probably guessed, this can be easily fixed by adding more salt to the system.
Repairs vs Replacements
If your water softener stops working, you might be wondering whether you should repair it or replace it. There are a few things to consider when making this decision:
- The age of the water softener – if your water softener is more than 15 years old, it’s probably time for a replacement.
- The cost of repairs – if the cost of repairs is more than half the cost of a new water softener, you’re better off replacing it.
- The frequency of repairs – if you’ve had to repair your water softener multiple times in the past year, it’s probably time for a replacement.
However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that a problem automatically means that a replacement is required. Many common problems with water softeners can be easily and affordably repaired. These include:
- A broken timer – this is a relatively easy and inexpensive repair.
- A damaged control valve – this is also a relatively easy and inexpensive repair.
- A clogged resin bed: this is a more expensive repair, but it’s still cheaper than buying a new water softener.
If you’re not sure whether you should repair or replace your water softener, the best course of action is to consult with a water treatment professional. They will assess the problem and recommend the best course of action – whether this is an affordable repair or a full replacement. Gordon Water has a team of experts that has experience and knowledge in all things water; this includes softeners, filtration, coolers, and more.
Maintaining Your Water Softener
How do you maintain your water softener and ensure that it lives a long and healthy life? The most important thing you can do is keep an eye on the salt level. If the salt runs low, the water softener won’t be able to do its job properly. You should also add salt to the system every few months, as well as periodically flush the unit with clean water to remove any sediment that may have built up. If you do these things, your water softener should last for many years without any major problems.