Water Softener Repair: Resin Deterioration

What You'll Need
New resin screen
Manufacturer's instructions

A water softener repair project can range to fix a variety of different problems. Many homes are installing water softeners and water filtration systems to help protect against the impurities in both well water and city water. Well and city water can have different contaminants and chemicals present that you otherwise would not want to ingest. Well water may have lead in the water and city water may come up with high traces of chlorine. Whatever the contaminant, a water softener and filtration system can help to soften and purify your drinking water.

If your softener is loosing resin, then in all likelihood, you have a problem with the screens that are located inside the resin tank. When the screen no longer does its job, the resin will begin to pass and leak through the water softener. You will need to replace the screens in order to stop the deterioration of your resin.

Step 1 - Purchase the Screen

Take a trip to your local home improvement store and purchase a new resin screen for your water softener. Bring the manufacturer information (make and model) for your water softener. Make sure the screen you purchase is compatible with your water softener.

Step 2 - Prepare the Water Softener

Turn off the water to your house at the main shut off valve. Next, disconnect the plumbing from your water softener to the plumbing in the home. You will need a wrench to pull the pipes away from one another.

Step 3 - Drain the Water

After you have disconnected the plumbing, then pull off the control head by unscrewing it in between your fingers. Hold the softener unit between your hands and place it on its side. To prevent leaking water onto the floor, make sure you have protective material over your floor to help sop up any water. Take a regular garden hose and insert it into the softener. Drain the water from the unit.

Step 4 - Rinse Resin

Once drained, you can rinse the resin out of the unit. The old resin can then be discarded in the trash. Pull out the old resin screen from the unit; it just pops out of the water softener. If you are having a problem with pulling it off with your fingers, you can use a pair of pliers.

Step 5 - Add New Resin Screen and Resin

Turn the water softener back right side up. Add the new resin screen based on the manufacturer's information and instructions and then add the new resin to the water softener. Add the resin until you see that the tank is approximately half full.

Step 6 - Reconnect the Water Softener

Re-attach the water softener to your plumbing lines in the house. Make sure the plumbing is secure properly so that leaking will not occur.

Step 7 - Turn on Water

Turn on the water at the main source in your house.

Step 8 - Regenerate the Softener

Before the water softener will work effectively, you will need to regenerate it. Turn on the regeneration mode (check your manufacturer's instructions on how to do this). Test your water to make sure it is soft.