Salt based softener: help or hurt boiler WM 97+

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Old 08-29-16, 01:40 PM
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Salt based softener: help or hurt boiler WM 97+

i would like to know

installing salt based water softener
could help or hurt the high efficient hot water boiler by Weil Mclain ( WM 97+ )

what are the pro / cons for using salt based water softener
with high efficiency boiler

guidance will be highly appreciated
 
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Old 08-29-16, 03:18 PM
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I see now issues IMO. The conductivity of the water increases if anything.

There are white papers on this subject somewhere and has been posted before.



Because I soften my water, my water heaters never last more then 6 years and start leaking.

You could run the boiler feed before the water softner would be one solution.

Make sure you add sentenial 100 to the boiler.


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My water is softened at the municipal water plant, which uses a cold-lime process, not ion exchange regenerated with salt. My hot-water boiler is 60 years old, and working fine.

You could just use a filter on either your whole house or your boiler makeup to eliminate sediment. If you want to go whole hog, install a reverse-osmosis system.
 
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any suggestion as to filter ?
with minimum cost
for whole house or just for hot water boiler with indirect hot water tank

sorry for my ignorance but
what you mean by reverse-osmosis system ?
 
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when water is soften using salt
then this salt gets into water or not ? which could rust the steel
though my indirect hot water tank is 316 stainless

noted that i could run boiler with township water ( not gone thru softener )
and rest, i use soften water

can you please explain me what you mean sentenial 100 ?
one i have is high efficiency WM 97+

many thanks
 
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Old 08-30-16, 01:56 PM
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can you please explain me what you mean sentenial 100 ?
Its an additive that should of been added to that boiler. I posted a link to that product in post #2. And yes salt is added to the water but a very small quantity..

Salt will not be the issue though as I stated. Its the conductivity action of softened water thats the concern IMO..
 
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