Water softeners remove hard minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, from your home supply. Soft water is gentler on skin and hair, and it creates fewer buildups in sinks. Unfortunately, water softeners sometimes fail, but they’re usually easy enough to troubleshoot. Here are some of the most common problems and how to fix them.
4 Issues With Water Softeners
1. Motor Breakdowns
If your water softener completely stops functioning, its motor may be broken. However, loose wiring may also be to blame, so make sure everything is connected. If you suspect a broken motor, check the prices on replacements first, as it might make more financial sense to invest in a new water softener.
2. Resin Bead Malfunction
Resin beads contain soft ions that attract and replace hard minerals, thereby purifying your home’s water supply. When resin beads no longer perform properly, you may notice unusual particles in your home water supply. When this happens, either clean the beads or replace them.
3. Salt Deposits
It’s normal for some sodium to collect in your water softener. However, when salt buildups become excessive, they may form bridges at the bottom of the tank, preventing the water from completing its purification cycle. Have the tank cleaned to restore its function.
It’s also possible for calcium and magnesium deposits to block your water softener’s filter screen and brine line. Though the device may still work, it won’t be as effective in filtering out the hard minerals. Consult your owner’s manual for information on how to safely unclog blockages.
Whether you need a new water softener or want to schedule maintenance, get in touch with The Water Source. For over 25 years, they have provided water purification and drinking water systems to clients throughout Wappingers Falls, NY. Call (845) 297-1600 to request a quote on a water softener and book an installation appointment. Visit them online to learn more about regular tuneup services.