Water Softener Troubleshooting
In the event of water scarcity through the usual sources like rivers, lakes, dams, and other water bodies, underground water is predominantly used. There are aquifers present inside the ground that make the water available for general public use after subjecting it to the water purification systems. Now, underground water is not 'ready to use' type of water. It is hard water and has traces of calcium, magnesium, and limestone present in it. It is of very little use for household purposes like cleaning, bathing, or drinking. To make it fit for daily use and consumption, it needs to be converted into soft water.
This is where water softeners come into the picture. They can be called water filters that soften the water by eliminating all the unnecessary elements of hard water and make it useful for daily use, with the help of two tanks. One which is filled with salt, and the other is filled with special resins. These resins have the ability to soften water. For a normal household, water softeners are generally used twice in a week. Though they are not used everyday, they need to be maintained at regular intervals. Failing to do so, might lead to many problems and cause you a lot of inconvenience. Many people lack an understanding of exactly where the problem lies.
Troubleshooting Water Softener Problems
Softener Producing Hard Water: The most common problem observed is that instead of soft water, it produces hard water. The possible reasons for this are, the decrease in the levels of salt in the brine tank or may be the by pass valve of the water softener is left open.
To fix the problem of the salts, it is advised to perform a regular check up of its levels. If the level has gone down it needs to be increased. If the by pass valve is found open, it needs to be promptly closed, otherwise the problem will not get solved, no matter how correct the levels of salt are.
Low Water Pressure: Now, this problem has got to do something with incorrect installation of the device. While installing it, know the availability of inlet pressure, the necessary flow rate, and also the plumbing layout of the place. It needs to be remembered that higher the piping line, lower is the pressure. Ideally, the pressure declines by about 1 psig after every 2 feet or so. Therefore, in order to get the right water pressure, it is necessary to consider this decline and accordingly install the systems.
Leaking Out of Drain: Sometimes it so happens, that water starts leaking out of the drain when the control valve is in its service position. This, however, is found to be happening if the piston seal gets damaged due to breakage, or if there is some other foreign material found in between the piston and its seal. In order to fix this problem, it is advised to change the piston along with its seals.
These were some commonly observed problems with water softeners. Actually, you will never face any problems with your water softener and moreover, it will serve you for a long time if you get it installed properly and maintain it regularly. However, it is after all a machine, and it is bound to have problems at some stage. Therefore, the next time you see any defects, remember these tips and take appropriate steps to repair it.
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