Many people are now opting for alternatives to traditional water softeners because the conventional water treatment systems can require a lot of maintenance. In addition to needing a huge amount of sodium chloride to operate there are many other problems water softener owners regularly run into it. Listed below are some of the more common problems that you might encounter as a water softener owner.
Water Softener Repair Issue #1 – Line blockage
A line blockage can occur where the salt and minerals that are flowing through the water softener tanks can accumulate and create deposits that will block the lines. The two most common areas for these blockages to occur on the filter screen and the water line going to the brine tank. Sometimes it your water is not getting softened to the degree it needs to be you can get a line blockage caused by accumulated deposits. This is a simple fix and your water softener manual should have instructions on how to clean any buildup that occurs.
Water Softener Repair Issue # 2 – A salt bridge
Sometimes the sodium chloride that is used in water softeners can build up inside the tank. In extreme cases a salt bridge can be formed this is when the sodium forms a hard pile of deposits at the bottom of the tank. The solution for this is also quite simple, use something sturdy like a broom handle or long crowbar to reach down into the tank and break up the salt.
Water Softener Repair Issue #3 – Resin bead maintenance
Most often the resin beads that, in your water softener will last for the lifetime of the softener. However there may be times when the resin beads need to be cleaned or replaced. The way you can tell your resin beads may have an issue it is a if your system needs to be recharged more and more frequently. This is a sure sign that your resin beads are working improperly. If you ever find little particles floating in your softened water you may want to check your resin beads sometimes this will happen when the resin beads begin to break down.
Water Softener Repair Issue # 4 – Problems with the motor
Water softeners require a motor to operate, and like any other motor the one in your water softener can fail. If your system completely shuts down and will not work at all you should first check the motor. Make sure you check all the cables for proper connections, including your power cord, cords could easily get disconnected so be sure to check for easy fixes first.
Softener Repair Issue #5 – User error
User error is a very common problem with water softeners particularly the ones where it you have the ability to manually change the settings. Here are some common problems relating to incorrect settings or improper maintenance make sure you check all of these prior to calling in a plumber.
- Make sure your brine tank has not run out of salt.
- Make sure your settings are correct according to your user’s Manual.
- Make sure the system has not been turned off or blown a breaker.
- Make sure your settings are not too low for your water hardness or the amount of water you use.
As with most everything some water softeners are easier to use than others. If you have a particularly complicated system water softener repair may not be easier if you find that your user’s Manual is also fairly complicated to understand. Irregardless your user’s Manual should be the first place you go when you are experiencing any problems with your water softener. Since many people’s problems are unique to the brand or model of water softener the user’s Manual will oftentimes be a great source of information as well the company website.
Those were just a few of the more common conventional water softener repair issues you could run into there are countless things that can go wrong with an ion exchange system many of which can be beyond the ability of the average homeowner. Most people who are fairly handy can take care of quite a few small problems so always check the obvious before you bring an inexpensive professional. Here is a video that covers a few of the major problems that could be causing you to have issues.