It can be difficult to know when to retire your Water Softener but there are indicators to watch for that it may be time to replace your Water Softener.
Salt and water consumption
As your Water Softener ages, it doesn’t work as efficiently and it uses water differently. This will cause your water and salt consumption to gradually increase over time. As a result, you may notice yourself adding salt more frequently.
After 10 years, you want to start thinking about replacing your Water Softener, whether you have noticed problems or not. Technology has improved since your last Water Softener purchase and a new system will be more efficient. This can save you anywhere from 70-90% on your water bill each month and the cost per regeneration is reduced by about 50%. Servicing your unit regularly will ultimately increase the longevity of your Water Softener.
If you compare your utilities cost over time, you may start to see it rise as your Water Softener ages. If you notice that your bills are steadily increasing, it’s probably time to replace your Water Softener.
In some cases, water pressure may decrease as a result of swelling or degradation of the media bed. When your media swells or degrades, water is unable to pass through the resin, ultimately leading to a reduction in your water pressure.
Now that you know what to look for, think about your Water Softener. Does it use more salt than it used to? Is it over 10 years old? If you notice any of the indicators mentioned here, you should consider retiring your Water Softener and replacing it with a new one. Making the investment in a new Water Softener can save you money in the long run.