A water softener is a very essential appliance for your household. Any problem with it can be tedious as well as damaging. If your water softener is not working properly, it is advised that you look into the matter as soon as possible. Because they are one of the central equipments required for the smooth functioning of a household, it gets problematic if your water softener stops working all of a sudden. The problem gets worse if the expert assistance is not available immediately. However it is not always necessary to call an expert every time the softener stops working. Sometimes there are very basic issues which can be remedied by any one, only if one knows the exact root of the problem. Here is a look at some of the most common problems of water softeners and how to deal with them.
- Blockage- This is one of the most common problems that can occur with a water softener. In fact all the user manuals have machine specific instruction to deal with this. It is not necessary to call in technical experts and use your warranty. Any system, that has matter flowing through it, is very prone to blocking. The very salts that the water softener deals with sometimes cause a blockage. The salts and the minerals that the machine is supposed to be treating, sometimes accumulate and deposit on either the filter screen or the brine line of the machine. It is easy to discern a blockage, if the machine is not working well and the amount of softness in the water is clearly reduced then there is a high chance of a blockage. Refer to your user manual to rectify it.
- Salt formation- Other than the various pipe lines of the machine, salt can also deposit in the main tank as easily too. This phenomenon is called a salt bridge. The sodium gets concentrated in harsh masses at the bottom of the tank. This leads to the water not being softened properly as the regeneration cycle gets messed up. It is quite easy to deal with a salt bridge formation. You can either go for dissolvent, or rather- reach out in the tank and break up the salt heaps manually. Clean the tank manually and it would be good to go. Because of the nature of the work of the softener, this is quite a common problem, which will happen naturally over time and easily diffused once you locate it.
- Beads breaking up- Most of the household water softeners work with resin beads that turn the water soft. Without going much into the technical mumbo jumbo- if you find tiny particles flowing in the soft water; it might be because of the breaking of these resin beads. Now usually the resin beads will work well for lifetime duration of the machine itself. But in some cases they may get damaged. If so there would be instruction on how to clean and replace them in the user manual of your machine as the process varies from system to system.
- The heart of the machine stops- So most of the problems issued above would be noticed by the quality of the soft water that is coming out. However if your machine stops working entirely, the fault most probably lies with the motor. Make sure all the cables and switches are working properly and if they are- you need to replace the motor. This would be a good time to bring out that warranty card.
If your machine is still within warranty, it is advised to proceed with extreme caution in dealing with any problems yourself. You do not want to impeach your warranty regulations. However, it is not harmful to have a basic know how of the system and be able to fix small issues here and there. Hope this guideline helps you in correctly recognizing and rectifying your water woes.