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How Important is it to Use a Water Softener Cleaner?

If you own a water softener, you probably already know that hard water can have a significant impact on your home’s plumbing, appliances, and fixtures. But did you know that using a water softener cleaner is equally important for maintaining the efficiency and longevity of your water softening system?

Hard Water Is Hard on Your Home and Appliances

Hard water contains a high concentration of minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium ions. When hard water flows through your pipes and appliances, it can lead to the buildup of mineral deposits over time. This is the nasty, crusty buildup that clogs pipes, reduces water pressure, and damages appliances like water heaters, dishwashers, and washing machines. Hard water can compromise all of your water using appliances, including your water softener.

Why Water Softener Cleaners Are Important

While water softeners are very effective at removing hardness minerals, they aren’t entirely maintenance-free. Over time, the very mineral deposits they combat can actually reduce their efficiency. This is where water softener cleaners can be highly beneficial.

Water softener cleaners are specifically designed to break down and remove mineral deposits from the resin beads in your water softening system. Regular use of a cleaner prevents the buildup that can lead to clogs and reduced performance. A clean water softener operates more efficiently by using less salt and water during the regeneration process. This not only saves you money on utility bills but also reduces your impact on the environment.

Using a water softener cleaner can also extend the system’s service life. Water softeners can be a significant investment! Proper maintenance can help protect that investment for years to come so your system will continue to provide you with high-quality, soft water and you won’t have to worry about the return of hard water headaches.

Signs that Your Water Softener May Need Cleaning

Regular maintenance is the best way to ensure your water softener continues to work effectively. If your water softener has not been regularly cleaned, here are some signs that cleaning might be necessary:

  • Reduced efficiency
  • Low water pressure
  • Salt bridges or salt mushing
  • Unusual sounds
  • Error codes or lights

These could be indications that water softener cleaning would be a good idea. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a water softener cleaner. Most water softener cleaners can be added directly to the brine tank of your water softener. When your water softener goes through its regular regeneration cycle, the cleaner is distributed throughout the resin tank, breaking down mineral deposits and cleaning the resin beads.

If after using a water softener cleaner the problems with your water softener persist, it could be that your system needs to be serviced or replaced. If you have a WaterBoss water softener or think you may need a new water softener, contact us.