Hi, I've read quite a few posts regarding water softeners here...all
great stuff but way over my head (if you'll pardon the phrase), so
please excuse my ignorance...here's my question:
We have an Ecowater 3000 R30 installed by a local dealer. After it was
first installed, the change in our water was quite noticeable, but over
time, either we got used to it, or it became less dramatic.
At any rate, one day I noticed that the water level in the brine tank
was a little higher than I'd seen before. I wasn't sure if this was
normal or not, so decided to leave it alone and keep an eye on it.
Over time, it seemed to continue to increase, until finally it reached
about half of the tank (about 2 feet high).
I did a little research and concluded that the orifice must be clogged.
I found a manual online and managed to remove and disasssemble the
venturi unit, and found that it was indeed clogged. After carefully
cleaning everything and reassembling the unit, started a recharge cycle
and confirmed a healthy vacuum at the venturi's brine hose connection.
I ran the system through a few manual recharges and visually confirmed
that the water level in the brine tank had gone down to what I would
expect - a couple of inches.
My question: during the time the orifice was clogged and I wasn't
smart enough to realize it, the unit was still in service. So our
water was passing through the resin beads, but during all that time
they were not being "cleaned". Does that mean the resin is now
saturated or clogged with hardness minerals? Can/Should I be doing
extra recharges to "clean up" the resin beads? Or would they need