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How Long Do Water Softeners Last? Tips On Extending Its Lifetime

What Is A Water Softener?

A water softener is a home water filtration system that removes some of the hard metals in your home’s water. People invest in a water softener to reduce the number of hard water stains, to clean their dishes and clothes better, as well as to have better-tasting water. Water softeners are available at a number of different locations and can be installed by a plumber or sometimes even by a homeowner.

How Long Do Water Softeners Last?

Just like everything in life, water softeners do not last forever. The average lifespan of a water softener depends not only on the kind you have but the hardness of your water. The average lifespan of water softeners, in general, is between 10 to 20 years. Looking to make your water softener last for the longest amount of time? Keep reading and start using these tips from the day you get your water softener. Just a small amount of care can make a world of difference.

Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Water Softener

Change your filter

Some people think that when your filter runs out, it’s time to replace the entire softener. This is not the case. Replacing just the filter can add years onto your water softener and save you big bucks. Consult with Water Direct or your softener’s manual to determine when to change the filter.

Add regenerant to your ion exchange system

If you have an ion exchange water softening system. Make sure you add your regenerant, this is what helps pull out the unwanted materials from your water. You should add your regenerant before the water is visible in the drum. You can use any regenerant, though you should still consult with Water Direct to determine which is best for your particular model.

Flush the beads

If you have an electric water softener, rinse your beads once a year to maintain function at the highest quality. This way, you will rid your resin beads from any buildup collected over time.

Don’t go overboard

Don’t go crazy with the settings of your water filter system. You don’t need your water to be completely soft. Use the lowest setting on your filtration system that gets the job done. Cranking it up will cause unnecessary wear on your filter and might shorten its lifespan.

Wait to add more salt

Don’t add more salt until most have already been depleted. Consult your owner’s manual to determine when and how much salt should be added.

For all other questions or to purchase a water softening system yourself, contact Water Direct. Our representatives are more than happy to help you extend the life of your water softener.

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