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Water Softener Seasonal Maintenance Tips

20 January, 2020 (10:13) | Hard Water, Hard Water Solutions, Water Softeners | By: admin

seasonal maintenance for water softeners

When you’ve made an investment in a water softener, you want to get the most out of your decision. Similar to vehicles and  our other appliances, maintenance for water softeners  is essential for optimal performance and avoiding costly repairs and breakdowns. 

How often are you having your home water softening system serviced? What types of maintenance should you be getting? Is your water softener working like it should be? These are all great questions, and we have some information you’ll want to know. Don’t forget that we also offer our Portable Exchange Tank service where you won’t have to worry about the maintenance or changing out your full tanks at all!

Hard Water Truths

Hard water is simply abrasive by nature. Your water softener is working hard, day after day, to remove stubborn minerals. Some locations have harder water and higher mineral content than others, pushing it even more. While most water softeners are meant to last years without major maintenance, repairs or replacement, seasonal maintenance is always a good idea. Regular checks and cleaning will extend their lifetime and keep them working as they were meant to be.

Water Softener Servicing Needs

You’ll want to check the brine tank monthly or regularly.  The type of salt or water softener you have will impact the cleaning and frequency. Our water softening systems do come with various warranties for parts, but it doesn’t mean you won’t want to have it cleaned so it is working better. Here are some other maintenance items you’ll want to pay attention to:

  • Be on the lookout for leaks or drainage issues.  
  • You’ll want to pay attention to the type of salt required. Some water softeners require very specific types and brands or grades of salt, but consumers use something else and it impacts the quality of the water and effectiveness.
  • If your product is outside in the cooler air, or if you’ll be gone for longer periods of time this winter and won’t be using your softener, winterization may be necessary.

When to Call For Water Softener Service

Older and traditional models tend to need more frequent cleanings, but newer models can be cleaned annually. You’ll want to give us a call if your water has turned hard and basic maintenance doesn’t fix the problem within a couple days.  

We can help get your water softener back on track – emptying the tank, checking valves and taking it apart is best left to the professionals.  We can help guide you with the smaller maintenance items it needs.

Also, water softeners work hard during the summer months when demands tend to be higher. According to the EPA, an average family can use 320 gallons of water per day, but that can go up to 1,000 gallons for summer days.  It is a good idea to have us come check our products during the warm weather and then again after the summer, or during the winter months.

Not sure you want to bother with any maintenance at all? Check out our Portable Exchange Tank Service where we do the maintenance and change your tank for you!