My water softener hasn't been working for quite some time. I finaly got fed up
with hard water and attempted to fix it tonight. (I cleaned out the venturi.)
I ran a recharge (seemed to draw down the brine, which I don't think it was
doing before since it wasn't using any salt) and tested the water a few hours
later on a cold water faucet on a softened pipe. I let it run for a little bit
to get old water out of the pipe. The test showed hard water - 15 to 20 grains.
So my question is this - how much time do I need to wait before I should see a
change in softness? I wouldn't be surprised if it needs more then a few hours
after a recharge, but also don't expect it to take weeks.
Basicaly I'm wondering at what point do I open it up again and take another
I had a similar problem a while back, had filled ours with six or eight bags
of salt and a bunch of it kinda all caked into the bottom into a solid
Im thinking the water wasnt picking up enough salt in the brine due to
reduced surface contact.
End result was the same though, it quit working properly and after cleaning
it all out and several recharges later, its now working fine again.
Lesson for me here is now I dont put in more than 1 or 2 bags of salt at a
Are you sure of this? I thought that the charging cycle capable of
recharging the resin in one cycle. My guess is that the softener needs to be
rebuilt. Cleaning the venturii was a start but I'll bet that lots of o-rings
and other rubber parts have failed. A possible test that Jason could do is
to measure the hardness before and after the water goes through the
softener. If there is no change in hardness then the softener is not
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