When do the resins in the softener tank need to be changed?
1. The average water softener will not need it's resins replaced in it's life
time ( 20 + years ).
2. Water softening resins need to be replaced if the unit has developed a
high level of bacteria that does not respond to a cleaning with chlorine. Odors
from units left in a not working mode with no water flowing through them for
months at a time can develop this problem. Also, units in direct sunlight (
Florida ) can develop a layer of algae that requires complete resin replacement.
3. An excessive amount of sand in resin tank, due to a well starting to collapse, can
necessitate resin replacement.
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Resin Replacement Guide
Can the softener cause pressure loss, if so what do I look for, and what do I need to fix it?
Yes, a softener can cause pressure loss in the home due to resistance from
the resin bed caused by one of the following.
1. On well water, this is usually due to fine sand coming from the well.
2. On softeners installed in the open sunlight ( mostly in Florida ), a layer of algae can grow and thick pieces of this growth clog the
lower distributor tube screen when they start peeling off the inside of the
3. On chlorinated water supplies, sand can get into the tank from new construction or work on
water lines in the area. All of these situations are rare.
4. The most common cause of pressure loss occurs on chlorinated water.
The resins can be damaged by high chlorine levels and turn to mush. This has the same effect as having fine sand at the bottom of the resin tank. Chlorine can DESTROY Resins in as little as 5 years ( I'm seeing 5 - 10 years average )
The solution for all of the above problems is to dump the resin tank, clean and rebed with new resins. One cubic foot of
softening resins is enough to properly fill the average residential softener. We can calculate the amount for you, if you provide
exact resin tank dimensions.
The second possible reason ( VERY RARE ) for pressure loss occurs something gets clogs or breaks in the control valves.
On Autotrol Valves, the flapper valve discs swell up when used on chlorinated water. This causes the holes in the valve to become block, resulting in pressure loss at high flow rates.
On Fleck Valves, the Main Piston can break off and get stuck ( always results in constant water flow coming out the drain hose ).
On Rotary Valves ( like Kenmore made by Ecowater, and the Erie Rotary Valve ), it is possible for the Rotor Disc to break off during regeneration, and again you would expect water to be constantly coming out the drain hose, if this was the problem.
99.5% of the time the pressure loss is the media ( resin ) in the Tank and not the Valve.
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