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30 Common water softener problems asked for with domestic and commercial water softeners

1. Why is my water softener not producing soft water?
There can be quite a few reasons this happens.
Check to see if the water softener is using salt.
Is the water level high above the salt in the tank?
If the water softener is electric, has there been a power
Cut which has bought up an error code up on the microprocessor
The water softener metering turbine may have a fault.
Has the bypass valve been left open?

2. Why does my water softener not regenerate automatically?

This is normally down to either a mechanical or electrical fault.
Sometimes a water softener will go through a regeneration cycle.
If for example the injector is blocked on the valve, no brine draw will happen,
This will leave the calcium and magnesium ions on the resin, so producing hard water.

3. What causes our water softener to continually run to the drain?

This problem can happen if the regeneration cycle does not complete a cycle due to the following factors:-
Depending on what type of water softener you have, Electric or non-electric.

If it is electrical, it could be damaged seals and spacers on Fleck valves, flapper valves stuck or broken on Autotrol valves,
Waterside, Aquadial, Tapworks, Eco water softeners all use the rotary valve, the problem is normally down to internal seals letting by.
Erie, Permo, Culligan water softeners sometimes have a fault with the solenoid valves not working, and this will cause running water to drain.

Kinetico’s most common faults, Balance piston 0 ring is not seated properly, bad control disc, the drain valve control seals are not seating properly,
low water pressure, the main valve piston quad rings are not sealing.

Harvey’s block salt water softeners running to drain continued:-
Replace idler gear assembly. Jammed shuttle valve, regeneration meter jammed, Drain valve jammed, Debris in regeneration meter.
4. Why do we have brown beads coming out of our taps?

This has been caused by either a cracked top distributor under the water softener valve head, cracked riser tube,
and or bottom distributor inside of the resin tank. These problems will depend on which water softener you have,
as some water softeners are up flow and some are downflow types.

5. Water softener salt level does not go down.
This is a common problem that we come across a lot of times. There could be a blocked brine draw injector,
salt sludge in the bottom of the salt tank, leaking resin vessel, leak on the control valve,
mechanical problem stopping the valve from operating. Blocked drain outlet hose from the water softener.

6. Water level is too high in the salt tank.
This problem is also quite common. If the water softener is electrically operated,
it could be that when the water softener went through a regeneration cycle in the early hours of the morning,
normally 2 am, there might have been a power cut which could have affected the refill time or the brine draw time.
Blockage in the brine draw injector, jammed brine valve, faulty drive motor, leaking valve, leaking resin media tank.

7. Error code comes up on microprocessor.
Error codes normally refer to a problem with the regeneration cycle. When a water softener has initiated a regeneration cycle,
the microprocessor knows how long each part of the cycle takes to be completed.
If for any reason the regeneration cycle period for reduced this would give an error code.
Program keys have been corrupted, the control valve has jammed,
and the camshaft is rotating more than the set period of time before it reaches the home service position.

8. Regenerates at the wrong time of day
If you have a water softener that is controlled by a microprocessor,
it could be set up to regenerate immediately when the meter zero’s out,
if your softener is set up for delayed regeneration, it probably means the clock needs to be reset.
Non-electric metered controlled water softener will regenerate any time of day depending on the water softener demand,
which is quite normal.

9. Water tastes salty.
This problem would either be due to the salt setting set to high, insufficient final rinse time, low water pressure,
too long a run of the drain hose, control valve malfunction.

10. White spots on glassware and dark surfaces.
The water softener has not flushed all of the brine salty water out of the resin media before returning back to the service position.
No soft water is coming from the softeners machine, resin media is fouled with hard water calcium and magnesium ions.
Unit not using any salt, lack of salt in the salt tank.
11. Low water pressure ( low flow rate)
If water the pressure coming into the house is low, it might be a good idea to get it checked out with your local water supply company.
If the water pressure is lower when the water softener is connected, it could be the resin has been affected by chlorine,
this makes the resin go very mushy and will drastically reduce the outlet pressure to your hot and cold water services.
12. Kinetico water softener problems meter disc is not turning
This would be one of the following reasons. Non-conforming meter drive pawl. Meter drive spring installed incorrectly.
No back pawl not installed. Damaged tooth on meter disc. Damaged gear in the gearing stack.

13. The Kinetico unit will not go into automatic regeneration
The water meter disc is not turning. Control disc will not automatically advance out of service position.
Damage teeth on control disc.

14. Kinetico no vacuum in brine position
Check balls or stems missing or not working correctly. Plugged venture. Plugged backwash flow control.
Plugged brine elbow screen. Damaged outlet main valve seat seal.

15. Short salting
The brine drum is not level. The grid system allows a water level no more than 1” above the grid.
If the brine drum is not level, it may exceed this.

16. Bridged salt in the brine tank
The salt has solidified in the tank.

17. When a bypass valve open
The open bypass valve will allow water to flow around the system without any treatment of water at all.
Make sure the bypass valve remains closed if you want to maintain soft water to your property.

18. How to test if a bypass valve is letting by.
This can be determined by testing the water at a soft water tap. With the water still running,
disconnect the brine line at the valve and test the water. Water that tests soft at the brine
fitting and hard at the tap indicated a by-pass that is leaking.

19. Brine tank does not fill with water
The brine valve is set incorrectly. The brine valve not conforming. The brine drum is dirty.
The brine elbow screen is plugged. Brine flow control plugged.

20. High salt consumption
This can be caused by high uses age of water, water softener continually regenerating, incorrect float valve settings,
incorrect setting up of data in microprocessor, leak ball valves, leaking hot or cold water pipes,
safety valve letting by on mega flow hot water tank.

21. Resin media bed fouled
The softener may not be backwashing often enough due to changed water conditions or selection of hardness settings.
If iron is in the water supply it will be necessary to increase the frequency of the regeneration cycles.

22. Drain flow is less than the specifications listed
Backwash flow control is plugged, the drain line is restricted,

23. No flow to service
Check mains water pressure is above 1.7 bar. Check inlet and outlet valves are open.
Check service outlet valve is open. Check pressure drop across resin,
if excessive, resin media might be fouled, or internal blockage.

24. Poor treated water quality
Check that the bypass valve is closed, Check the salt level in the tank, refill if necessary.
Check trickle flow through conventional ball valves in the cold water storage tank.
Replace with Torbeck or fluidmaster servo valves. Check injector strainer and injector is not blocked.

25. Water softener feed pressure is too high
If the water pressure feed pressure is too high, it can cause a lot of problems.
Check with the manufacturer for recommended water pressure, or install a pressure regulator which a normally set at 3 bar,
but some pressure regulators can be manually adjusted.

26. Unsatisfactory soft water capacity between regenerations
Check the condition of resin media, it may have become fouled, inhibiting the regeneration process,
if fouled. Check if the incoming raw water has high levels of chlorine, if so the resin may be degraded.
Check if water pressure is too high, as this may mean the brine draw stage of regeneration is not effective.

27. Softener fails to draw brine.
Drain Line Flow Control is Plugged, Injector is Plugged, Injector Screen Plugged, Line Pressure is too Low, Internal Control Leak,

28. Control valve stalled in regeneration
Motor not operating, No electric power at the outlet, Defective AC Adapter, Defective PC board,
broken drive gear or drive cap assembly, broken piston retainer, broken main or regenerant piston.

29. Control valve does not regenerate automatically when the REGEN button is depressed and held.
AC Adapter unplugged, No electric power at the outlet, broken drive gear or drive cap assembly, Defective PC board.

30. No softening/filtering display when water is flowing
Bypass valve in bypass position, Meter connection disconnected, Restricted/stalled meter turbine, Defective meter, Defective PC board,

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