How to Replace a Water Softener Tank

What You'll Need
Unscented bleach
Water softener

When you need to replace the water softener tank, always remember that the plumbing and the wiring of this is already in its place. Thus, the replacement process is quite easy and simple if steps are followed properly. All you need to do is to consume the old water softener, so that it does not flood the area.

    Step 1 - Unplugging

    For safety purposes, make sure to unplug the power supply of the particular device.

    Step 2 - Close the Water Regulator

    You then need to close the water regulator to the house as well, which is situated on the main water pipe.

    Step 3 - Bypass Regulator

    Set the bypass regulator which is usually placed at the back of the water softener. This is the place where the copper wire assembles with the water softener pipe. But if the bypass regulator is inclusive of outlet and inlet valves, then you need to make sure to close these valves and then open the bypass regulator. While undertaking this step, also keep in mind that if the bypass regulator includes only one stem, then you require closing the needle into the stem.

    Step 4 - Removal of Salt

    Remove all salt and potassium chloride that may be in the appliance. 

    Step 5 - Removal of Clips

    Once you have removed the salt, you then also need to remove the clips at the water softener inlet and outlet. At this point of time, you would have to split the copper wires from the water softener. 

    Step 6 - Cutting Off

    Get rid of the brine well cover and cut off the tubing at the syringe and also the brine well valve.

    Step 7 - New Water Softener

    Place the new water softener in its right position and reconnect the outer and the inlet clips. Also make sure that the water supply is going right into the inlet and also the water supply from the outlet is going right into the house pipes.

    Step 8 - Plug in

    Fill the tank with salt or potassium chloride pellets and plug in the power supply of the appliance.

    Step 9 - Open the Regulator

    You can then open the water supply of the main house as well and restart the new water softener.

    Step 10 - Testing

    All you need to do is restart the water softener and test it if it is working properly or not. You could also restart the appliance utilizing a sanitary start. To do so, you require a bucket filled with a salt storage tank with about 3 gallons of water in it. Pour a few tablespoons of unscented bleach into the sea water well and set the bypass regulator to "Service". Recharge the appliance, as this will help in sanitizing the water softener. You then need to fill the tank with water to a particular level, letting the air out of the tank and do not forget to flush all the chlorine from the system.