It can take several regenerations, and the "using up" of the Hot Water to get the "feel" back.
It is recommended that you manually have the system run extra regenerations and to drain the hot water ( either at the hot water tank, or at least running the water in the bath tub until it turns cold ).
So, unless you regenerate the system twice in a row, and completely drain the hot water tank, it may take several days or even weeks to get back to Zero hardness in the Hot Water.
The Cold water should be soft right away.
And if you don't feel like it is softening at all, then purchase and TEST the water hardness - Kits, ( also available locally - Sears, Home Depot, Lowes ).
A test before ( source water ) and after ( cold and hot water ) the softener will help determine if the system is working.
> # 1 FAQ = High Water in Brine Tank - Problem -Softener does not remove the water from my salt tank or overflow
> 5600 - difference between metered, 12 day softener valve and Backwash ONLY
> 5600 - Manual Regenerate - Cycle Times
> Aerator Use and Cleaning Q & A
> Air Check - Ball seated or dropping early during the BRINE/SLOW RINSE -Autotrol 155 or 255 Series
> Air Check inside Brine Tank can becomes Stuck or Water Logged
> Air in water lines after Softener Regenerates
> AIR INJECTION OXIDIZING FILTER SYSTEM = AIO
> Alternate Drain Fitting that comes with every Hankscraft Valve
> Autotrol 155 or 255 High Water in Brine Tank - Problem No Suction or Overflowing
> Average Salt Amount Needed and Normal Water Level In Brine Tank
> Backwash Only Valve Replacement Options
> Basic Installation Guide for New Water Softener
> Brine Failure on ONE Tank Only - 9000 / 9100 Twin Alternating Valve
> Brine Refill problem with Fleck 5600
> Brine Suction problem or High Water in Salt tank with Clack WS1 Valve
> Brine Suction problem with Fleck 5600 or similar Hankscraft Valve
> Brine Tank Assembly - Questions, Answers, Video Link
> Brine Valve Replacement in Salt tank ( with Float Shut Off )
> Cabinet Model Design - Pros and Cons
> ChemTech and Pulsafeeder chlorine solution pumps
> Choosing a Resin - What is the Difference
> Choosing a Softener System - Which Brand is Best?
> Clogged Injector in Iron Filter
> Common Water Problems
> Dishwasher Glassware Etching Cause Explained
> Distributor Failure in Bottom of Resin Tank
> Do I need an Iron Filter?
> ECO - Friendly Alternative to SALT Softeners
> Fittings Measurements Different Then Expected ( 1/4 and 3/8 fittings )
> Fleck 2500 leak to drain - Reasons why valve is still leaking after replacing the Seals & Spacers ( 60021 )
> Fleck 2510 Valve to Tank Adapter Leak - O-rings to replace
> Fleck 3200 timer - Brine Refill Rate Explained
> Fleck 3200 timer problems - if "stalling" or not "advancing".
> Fleck 5600 - Power Head replacement - Standard in place of "L" Bracket
> Fleck Valve - Greensand application - Purple Water After Regeneration
> Fleck Valves - LEAKS out the DRAIN HOSE
> Frequency of Regeneration - How Often Should Softener Recharge?
> HANKSCRAFT H2O PRODUCTS and Replacement Valves
> High Water in Brine Tank - Problems and Solutions
> How a water softener actually works and why does it feel slimy
> How and Why to use Acid Neutralizing Media Calcite and Corosex ( Magnesium Oxide )
> How do you determine if you actually need a softener?
> How do you put a softener out of service without damaging it?
> How does Hankscraft metered valve compare with the Fleck 5600 or the Hankscraft digital unit in terms of lasting durability
> Hydrogen Sulfide levels affected by amount of water used and the ground water table
> I have a Water Softener, but I still have odor in my water.
Why is that?
> Iron Filter, Greensand, MGS, Birm and Issues including Clogged Injector
> Iron Staining and my Water Softener seems to be working okay, Why is that?
> Irrigation - Iron Removal options
> Links to Other Websites
> Looking for someone to Service My Water Softner ( Softener ) in my area.
> Low Pressure Through Softener On Chlorinated Water
> Low Pressure Through Softener On Well Water
> MediaGuard filter on Distributor Tube can cause pressure loss
> Motor Identification - How to determine Type and Part Number
> No Pressure Unless the Softener is By Passed
> No Salt Systems for Water Softening
> Odor - Sulfur (Hydrogen Sulfide) in your water
> Orange Sand Coming Into House
> Potassium Chloride - Substitute for Salt ( Sodium Chloride )
> Pressure Drop or Flow Rate reductions through a Water Softener / Filter System - Things to Consider
> Pump Pressure Low or Cycles OFF and ON ( Well Water )
> Recommendation of Fleck 5600 Econominder and Hankscraft Equivalent water softener replacement valves
- Which Brand is Best?
> Refilling when it should Sucking Water out of Salt Tank ( Brine Rinse cycle ) Fleck Valve
> Relieving Pressure Fleck 5600 Valve
> Salt is Not Going Down.
What could cause this problem?
> Salt Usage In Water Softening
> Salty Water Taste - New Valve Installation
> Salty Water Taste in the Morning
> Sears and GE Smartwater - Water Not Soft - Distributor Oring problem and solution
> Sediment filter ahead of the softener - When, Why, and Which one.
> Sodium in the Water Softening
> Sodium Levels in Water when Softened
> Stains in Laundry - several possible causes
> Stinky - Rotten Egg - Odor
> STUCK Valve Fleck 5600 Rebuild Guide
> Tools Kit 60135-2510 for Service 1500, 2500, 2510 Seals & Spacers
> Trouble Shooting Guide for the Fleck 5600 and 5600 Econominder Valve
> UV for Water Purification - Does it Work?
> What Brine ( Salt ) Setting Amount to Use?
> Which is better or cheaper... Powdered Resin Cleaners or Res-Up Liquid?
> Why Gravel is Not Needed in Residential Size Water Softener
> Will a Water Softener make my water safe to drink?
> Will a Water Softener remove the iron from my water?