How often does a salt based water softener have to regenerate...and for how
long ? We have a rental home that has 2 adults. Based on the size of the
salt tank...I'd say it's a medium to large capacity softener. I've written
the manufacturer a couple times for a manual..but get no response. It's
about 10-12 years old. Does it have to regenerate every night,...and/or for
how long for each regen period ?
For two adults, certainly not. Once every four days should be more than
enough. Try setting it to that, wait a week, and see if the water is soft
enough for you. If so, set to once every 7 or 8 days. Keep going, until the
water is too hard -- then set it to regen more often.
Typically the only other setting available is controlling how much salt it
uses each time it regenerates. You'll need a manual for that.
Need more information. How hard is the water? What is the actual capacity?
Maybe someone here has a manual and can give better information. If it is
already set up, I'd give it a try and test every day to see if the water
runs hard before adjusting.
A correctly sized and properly setup softener for "average" water
conditions on a municipal water system should regenerate every 6 or 7
days for longest resin life.
If there's iron in the water then more frequent regenerations are
preferred and a resin cleaner should be routinely used.
You can't tell the size of the softener by the size of the brine
tank... you CAN tell the softener by the size of the resin tank. A
specific size resin tanks hold a specific volume of resin and that
resin volume is what dictates the hardness removal capacity (size) of
Well that's not all of it. The volume of resin in cubic feet and the
salt dose lbs dictate the capacity.
And all softeners have an adjustable K of capacity because they all
have an adjustable salt dose.
The length of time a regeneration runs for is about 1.5 hrs on average
and some softeners have no ability to adjust that and most consumer
manuals do not have any instructions on how to do it if the control
valve allows it..Better quality valves like the Clack WS-1 do allow
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