Water Softeners

Signs Your Water Softener Might Need to Be Repaired or Replaced


As water softeners get older, some of their parts will break down. When this happens, it’s common for a leak to begin. A leak can be a clear indication that it’s time to repair or replace your water softener.

Not Using Salt

If your softener starts using less salt, it could be a sign that it’s not regenerating, and your water is not being softened.

The average life of water softeners is 7-10 years.

Tips for Maintaining Your Water Softener

Regularly Check Your System’s Salt Levels

Salt is found in the brine tank, which is used to produce sodium ions. If your salt level is too low, the softener won’t have what it needs to perform this process. Hard water leaves chalky white residue on fixtures and leaves skin and hair feeling sticky and dry.

Look for and Eliminate Salt Bridges

A salt bridge is a crusty buildup of salt residue and collects in the tank of your water softener system. If a salt bridge forms, the salt will not dissolve in the water to form brine. Without the brine, the resin does not regenerate properly, so the water does not get softened. A salt bridge can form in high humidity or by using low-quality salt.

Use the Right Type of Salt

You should only use high-quality salt designed for water softeners. A high level of insoluble impurities is in other types of salts that could build up and clog your system. High-purity salt costs more, but the investment to protect the longevity of your water softener is worth it.

Signs Your Home Needs a Water Softener

  • Your silverware has “spots.” Mineral deposits can leave milky white spots on everything from your plates and forks to your coffee pot.
  • Poor water pressure. If mineral deposits are being left on your silverware, then what’s going on in your pipes? Over time, mineral build-up can clog your pipes and affect your water pressure.
  • Dry skin and hair. Minerals don’t dissolve; they sit on your skin and leave it feeling dry and rough. All that calcium and magnesium will eventually take a toll on your hair and skin, no matter how much soap or shampoo you use.
  • Your clothes are fading. If after one or two washes your brand new shirt is already starting to fade, it may not be the designer’s fault. Hard water strips clothes of their color and texture. Instead of stocking up on fabric softener, consider a water softener.

If you’re ready to see the benefits of having a water softener installed, don’t hesitate to get in contact with B&W today. Whether you’re located in Fishers, Carmel, Greenwood, or the surrounding Indianapolis areas, B&W can help.

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