Saltless water softener Tips and Tricks
Install your saltless water softener in the right location.
It is important to Install a saltless water softener as close to the point where the water enters the home as possible and before the water heater. This can be inside or outside the home although indoor protection is always preferable.
Can’t locate the start of the incoming line in a house that has been built on a slab?
As explained above, you need to locate the saltless water softener as close to the source as possible. If there is a slab, then simply trace the pipe backward from the water until you find the splitter. Continue following the pipe until you can’t go any further and then install the unit there. However, you also need to take the electrical outlet into consideration, and if there isn’t one nearby, then you will have to call an electrician to install one.
Listen to your doctor.
If your doctor has told you to eliminate salt from your diet, then a saltless water softener is a great solution for you. Not only are you going to maintain better health but also save on doctor visits, let alone the many other savings.
Choose the right model for an outdoor installation.
Most electronic saltless water softeners are not designed for an outdoor installation. Therefore, if this is what you want to do, make sure that you choose a brand that offers outdoor models that are specially constructed to withstand the elements. Examples are the ScaleBlaster SB-175 or SB-MAX models.
Do I need a contractor to do the installation?
An electronic saltless water softener is an easy appliance to install on your own. However, this is if you can locate the incoming cold water line, can identify galvanized piping and replace a section of it with suitable piping. You also need to have an electric outlet at your installation location. For the sake of peace of mind, it is well worth having a plumber take care of this inexpensive installation. You can further justify the cost by also having the plumber drain the water heater, which will allow the water softener to be effective quicker.
Don’t install on galvanized piping.
An electronic saltless water softener does not work when installed on galvanized piping. If this is the type of piping that supplies water to your home, then you will need to cut a 24″ section out and replace it with Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC), cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), or copper piping.
Make sure that your saltless water softener is running.
This appliance emits not sound. So you can’t hear if it has stopped running. Therefore, from time to time you need to check that the power indicator light is one. The only reason it should ever stop running is if there has been a power surge, or a breaker has tripped.
Flush the hot water tank.
You can improve the efficiency of your saltless water softener by flushing out the scale that accumulates in the water heater tank. This is not a difficult job and should be done once every six months for best results and to also prolong the life of the tank.
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