How to Repair Water Softener Resin Tank Problems

What You'll Need
Water Softener
Sodium hydrosulfite compound, citric acid cleaner. Phosphoric acid cleaner or hydrochloric acid

Water softener resin tank problems are common. A water softener is a machine that removes the high levels of calcium and magnesium that hardens the water. The water softener device replaces these hardened elements with sodium in a brine solution. It cleans the water and removes the dirt. The water softener device must be kept in good working condition and any malfunction should be fixed to get the best results. Below are the materials that you need along with the instructions on how to repair water softener resin tank problems.

Step 1- Switch Off Water Power

Find the electrical pipe connections in the house. The valve showing the arrow pointing at ?oSoft should be turned in the reverse direction to turn it off. When done, switching off the power of water to the water softener is possible.

Step 2- Check out Salt Content If Too Little

The amount of salt in the water tank must be checked monthly to determine if the right amount is present in the brine tank. It is salt that cleans up hardened minerals such as magnesium and calcium. To add salt, the brine tank must be completely void of it then fill up about 2/3 full with salt, be it rock, solar or evaporated salt.

Step 3-  Check Out Salt Content If Too Much

Yearly, check the brine tank to determine if too much salt have already accumulated by the formation of a dome of excess salt. Clean up the mound of salt, vacuum the salt remnants and finish up cleaning the tank with soap and water.

Step 4- Cleaning Up the Softener's Resin Bed

The softener's resin bed should also be checked to determine if cleaning is necessary. This is the part next to the brine tank that does the softening procedure. Use sodium hydrosulfite, citric acid cleaners, phosphoric acid cleaners and hydrocloric acid to take out unnecessary substances from the resin bed. 

Step 5- Cleaning the Injector

Next to check is the injector located in the interior of the resin tank if cleaning is necessary. This part can also be clogged with sediments that come in the softener system. It is apparent that the softener be placed in a manual regeneration prior to the clean-up of the injector.

Certain tips may be helpful. It is best to consult with a professional when repairs to the water softener system is big. There are repairs to this gadget that may need the manufacturer's guidelines. The use of  rock salt is the least expensive yet may cause the water softener system may need frequent cleaning as against the use of evaporated salt which has a higher content of sodium chloride but is priced more expensive. The use of sodium hydrosulfite may dissolve iron and could create a foul smell. In handling this type of do-it-yourself work, it is best to be cautious so that no or less damage can be done.