When you invest in a water softener or another home appliance, there lies a question in the back of your head – how long will this last and when do I need to replace it? It’s a good question, but one that may not have a definitive answer due to a variety of factors. Proper maintenance, quality of the appliance and demand for work can all change the answer. But, knowing what to look for and when to update your water softener will help to ensure your water is free of hard minerals as you wanted.

The truth about your water softener

Let’s just start with the burning question.  How long will it likely last? The average salt-based water softener typically lasts 10-15 years according to current consumer reports. But, if you work closely with your water treatment company and properly clean and repair your system, it can last much longer than that. The ion exchange process works hard to deliver softened water and does require some maintenance over the years. We offer a variety of models and types and can help you figure out which one will work best for your household demands.

Common water softener issues

Again, this can all depend on what type of water softener you have. Most of the issues that could cause the need for replacement or repairs are due to the brine tank, clogged pipes or general inefficiencies.

When to update your water softener

After a decade of hard work, you may want to update your water softener rather than repair it. As technology evolves, the market continues to produce new and innovative systems. It may not be worth pouring dollars into an older system which simply may not work as effectively as a new one. Not only will a new system save you money, but it could save on salt as well.

How can you tell that it’s time for a water softener upgrade? Here a few things to look for:

  • Plumbing clogs
  • Less soap suds
  • Faded clothing
  • A funny taste or smell in your water
  • Crust on faucets or white spots on glassware

If you notice any of these signs of hard water, you will know that your water softener is breaking down. After you have enjoyed the benefits of softened water, you’ll know if your water quality is not what you expect. You do not need to worry right away. Parts may just need to be serviced or replaced, valves may need to be freed up, or your system may need a cleaning.

Let us be your source for home water treatment

We are here for you whether you need a repair or want to update your water softener to a newer, more efficient system. We can help determine which model is best for you. And, we’ll offer you a plan to properly clean and maintain your softener so you’ll get the high-quality, softened water you have desired all along.

There are so many benefits to investing in one of our efficient products and we would love to walk you through them. You’ll maintain a cleaner home, spend less time laundering and cleaning, wear softer, brighter clothes, enjoy smoother hair, spend less money on soaps and detergents as well as energy bills, and so much more! Are you ready? Give us a call!