How do you tell if your water softener isn’t working right? Read on to find out what the experts at Green Water Technologies have to say about water treatment system maintenance and how to spot a faulty unit.
Q: How often does my water softening unit need to be serviced?
Green Water Technologies: Every quarter, you may need to top off your unit’s regenerate solution. However, providing that it has been properly installed, chances are it can operate for many years with little to no maintenance. The GE Pro Elite Professional Series Water Treatment System is automatic, so it more or less takes care of itself.
Q: What are some signs that my water softening system isn’t working properly?
Green Water Technologies: Water quality changes may present themselves in minor ways such as spots on the dishes or laundry that doesn’t feel quite as soft as it should. As water quality progressively declines, hair may become more brittle and dry, and your skin may feel irritated and itchy. This is due to mineral buildup. Hopefully, you will have your unit checked out as soon as you notice changes. If allowed to operate incorrectly for too long, your water-using appliances may actually become damaged.
Q: How do I choose a water softening system?
Green Water Technologies: That’s going to depend on your budget as well as the water quality in your area and what your goals are. If you’re concerned specifically about your drinking water, you may choose a faucet-mounted active carbon water filter. This does not protect your appliances, dishes, or home from the effects of hard, unconditioned water, however. For many people, the best choice is a whole-home water conditioning system, which is a small unobtrusive appliance that protects your entire home and family from mineral buildup.
Q: Should I use a water softening system if I have well water?
Green Water Technologies: If you are concerned about the quality of your well water, you can have the water tested. Many homeowners simply feel better about the quality of the water in their homes when using a water softening system, especially one that combines advanced filtration methods.