A water softener represents a significant investment in the quality of your water at home. Making the switch to soft water will improve many aspects of your home life, and the maintenance requirements are low. But, a water softener is a complex system; it does require professional attention from time to time to work at optimal efficiency. In this article, we will take a closer look at the importance of regular water softener maintenance.
Adopting a Proactive Mindset
The old adage says that “prevention is better than the cure,” and this can be applied to many aspects of modern life. This is especially true when it comes to water softener systems. It’s easy to forget about the water softener because it works in the background, and the equipment is kept out of sight. Aside from filling the brine tank with salt, these systems work with next to no intervention once they are up and running. Many people ignore their water softeners until something goes wrong, and this is a flawed strategy. Regular maintenance can identify potential problems earlier when they are easier and less expensive to fix.
Configuring the Settings
Older water softeners have a timer initiated regeneration cycle that can waste a large volume of water. Newer systems can be programmed with an on-demand setting that triggers when a set volume of water has been used. The regeneration cycle takes place at times when the demand for soft water is low, and the system is placed into a standby mode for the duration. The regeneration cycle is essential; the surface of the resin bead media where the ion-exchange takes place is flushed clean to maintain softening efficiency. But, the settings need to be changed if the volume of water use increases or decreases. This is a common problem when someone leaves the home or if there is a new addition to the family. Programming the water softener at the control valve is best left to a water treatment specialist to optimize the water use, which saves money.
Preventing Water Softener Problems
There are a few water softener problems that can be prevented with regularly scheduled maintenance, including a dirty water filter, salt bridges, channeling issues, and more. If the water filter is dirty or compromised, large particulates can pass into the system, where they can damage sensitive components. Salt bridges are a crusty layer of salt that coats the interior of the tank, and it prevents the addition of freshwater softener salt. Channeling is when the water cannot flow into the water softening tank because the flow rate is too low for the softener tank size. These and other problems degrade the performance and efficiency of the water softener system. In extreme cases, a lack of water softener maintenance will lower the expected lifespan of the equipment. This will lead to an earlier than expected replacement which is a waste of money.
If you want to schedule some essential water softener system maintenance, contact your local water treatment specialist today.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.