Water Softener Problems Troubleshooting:
Salt clog (Salt Bridges):
Why salt clog occurs?
It is because water softeners are far more efficient nowadays than they used to be before, they use less salt, so because of that the salt doesn’t turn over as often, or simply because the salt tank is just kept too full that we end up with salt-clogged softener.
What is salt clog symptoms?
The most common symptom, is that the water softener stops using salt, therefore the brine isn’t being made, and because of that, it is not using up the salt, the other thing that people notice salt clog with is their water is starting to become hard all of the sudden, and they start getting staining, and they start getting hard water problems, because the water softener isn’t softening the water anymore.
How do you check salt clog?
The simplest way to check it out is by grabbing a stick, like a broomstick, then trying to push that stick through the brine wall, and through the salt, and if you can push it all the way down, to the bottom, then you don’t have a salt clog, but if you can’t, and it only goes down part way, then you probably have a salt clog.
How to clean salt clogged softener?
The first step in doing this is to put your water softener on bypass for safety, the next step is to remove any loose salt that is at the top using a garden trowel, or some kind of a little scoop, scoop out as much of that salt as you can into a bucket, next step is to grab your stick and try to loosen up as much of that salt as possible, poke around that salt and break up as much of that as you can and again, whatever you’ve broken up, scoop out of the brine tank, and put it into a bucket, by this point you should see some water in the bottom of the brine tank, so that water needs to be removed as well, because it absorbed as much salt as it can so you should remove it, you can scoop it up with some cups or something like that, then what you need to do is again grab your bucket, put in about two or three gallons of hot tap water, dump that on top of the salt, also the brine wall, what you need to do now is let that sit for about four hours, that’s the time it takes for the water to absorb as much salt as it can , after that you put your water softener back into service, take it out of bypass, and regenerate your water softener water.
If you found out that the softened water is considerably decreasing, then there is a huge chance that your water softener is suffering from blockages, which is a normal thing in any system that has water and minerals and salt flowing through it, because the minerals and salt gather in one place which creates deposits in the brine line that block the water, which leads to blockages, those salt deposits can also occur in the filter screen as well, the solution of this problem can be different from one softener to another, so it would be better to take a look at the user manual, and read it carefully to find a proper solution that suits your water softener.
If your water softener system is requiring more recharging than it usually does, then there is a high chance that the risen beads are broken, and like any other water system the accessories are always exposed to damage over time, you can find out if the risen beads are damaged or not, simply by looking if they are floating in the softened water, to fix this problem you need to replace the resin beads or you just read the manual again as they usually offer more precise info on how to deal with that problem according to your specific water softener brand.
Sometimes your water softener suddenly stops working, even though its cables are properly connected, and even though it was working just fine for a long period of time without any problem, if this happens to you then it is most likely going to be a motor problem, like any other water appliance, the motor is exposed to failure, if this happened to you, you should call the company customers care, to see how to fix this problem, as we said before most companies offer warranty which comes to play in such situations.
Water Softner FAQs:
What Is a Water Softener?
Water softener is a device that gets rid of hard water
How Water Softener Works?”
The water enters the softener from the main water pipe.
The water softener starts softening the water by removing minerals by using risen beads depending on what type of water softener you have.
Softened water goes out the softener straight to the outer pipe to your house.
or you can watch this video:
What Is Hard Water?
Hard water generally is just minerals dissolved in water primarily calcium, magnesium, as well as the irons, most these three together make up the hardness of the water.
How to Test for Hard Water?
There is a simple test you can do yourself to find out if your water is hard or not watch the video to see how:
Why Is Hard Water Bad?
The problem with hard water is you get a lot of hardness build up, like the white scummy stuff in your bathroom, and spots in your dishwasher, also calcium buildup on your sink, and faucet, also when the water is hard there will be a lot of soap scum, because the water is raked with minerals. And for this, the best solution to get rid of this problem is to get a water softener.
What is regeneration?
The regeneration process is when the water softener cleans the resin beans from the calcium, magnesium, and stuck minerals from the previous softening process so that they become clean, and the can softens the water again, this process takes place few times a week depending on your water softener brand.
Can salt enter my drinking water?
The short answer to this question is no because the only purpose of the salt inside the water softener is to start the regeneration process we talked about above, so don’t worry it won’t make your water taste salty at all.
How many times should I add salt to my softener?
its is recommended to add salt after every regeneration process.