If your water’s hardness is greater than 7 grains per gallon or 120 mg/L, then you might need a water softener to ensure your appliances run well and to improve the taste, smell, or look of your water.
The company provides these water softener manual regeneration instructions: To initiate a manual regeneration immediately, press and hold the “ REGEN ” button for three seconds. The system will begin to regenerate immediately.
When your water softener is not set correctly there are two things that can happen. If it is set too high for the hardness level, it will regenerate more often than it needs to and thus make your salt disappear faster. If you set it too low, the water in your home will still continue to present as hard.
Interpreting Test Results
|Classification||mg/l or ppm||grains/gal|
|Slightly hard||17.1 – 60||1 – 3.5|
|Moderately hard||60 – 120||3.5 – 7.0|
|Hard||120 – 180||7.0 – 10.5|
|Very Hard||180 & over||10.5 & over|
How To Tell If Your Water Softener Is Working : The Soap Test. Another easy way to check for a malfunctioning water softener is to see if your soap lathers and bubbles. Pure liquid soap (such as Castille) will do this when mixed with soft water . If the water is hard, the same soap won’t function properly.
Water softener regeneration cycle time is about two hours. It is not recommended to use water during a water softener regeneration , as hard water will fill the water heater, which could lead to buildup in the equipment.
It is generally agreed upon that regular regenerations are the best, because they keep the resin bed active. This should be every two to three days, although highly efficient softeners may generate every day or even multiple times a day.
There will usually be several gallons of water in the bottom of the brine tank , but usually is never more than twelve inches high. We recommend that you check the salt level in your brine tank at least monthly. The more often your system regenerates, the more you’ll need to check and add salt to the tank .
You can take a water sample to a water test lab to have its hardness measures. You can convert among water hardness measures. Water with hardness of 25 ppm = 25 mg. of hardness -causing minerals per liter of water .
The major disadvantage to water softening is the potential health risks for people on low sodium diets. The exchange of hardness minerals for sodium adds 7.5 milligrams per quart for each gpg of hardness removed. In addition, calcium and magnesium are eliminated from the homeowner’s diet.
Additionally, don’t overfill your brine tank with salt . Keeping it half-full prevents older salt from sticking to the walls of the tank. Finally, it’s important to manage the humidity level around your water softener .
Press the UP or DOWN buttons to set your water hardness number. NOTE: If your water supply contains iron, compensate for it by adding to the water hardness number. For example, assume your water is 20 gpg hard and contains 2 ppm iron. Add 5 to the hardness number for each 1 ppm or iron.
Hardness is most commonly expressed as milligrams of calcium carbonate equivalent per litre. Water containing calcium carbonate at concentrations below 60 mg/l is generally considered as soft; 60–120 mg/l, moderately hard; 120–180 mg/l, hard; and more than 180 mg/l, very hard (McGowan, 2000).