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My water softener tank is full of water and it doesnt seem to be using any salt at all. We have serious hard water going on right now. What could be the problem with it?

Tank of softener is about 75% full of water. Doesnt seem to want to go anywhere. I can press the cycle button, and it runs, but nothing is happening with the water in the tank or the salt. The salt is just dissolving on its own in the tank with time. It doesnt seem to be filtering any water through the salt pellets. Any suggestions? Serious hard water going on. All appliances are being affected.

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Check the recycle / regeneration program as it indicates that it is not self cleaning and regenerating in the system

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Can u use water softner pellets direct in to water


Water softener salt is used to regenerate a water softener after the softener has been in operation for a few days removing hardness from the water. If you were to only add the salt to your water you would still have hard water but now it would become salty. Go to youtube and look up How does a water softener work? If you want to buy one go to wqa.org and find a Certified Water Specialist close to you. He or she will be one of the only 5% of water treatment people who have received formal training in how to fix your water. There is a lot that can be done to improve your water.

Oct 18, 2014 | Morton Salt Inc 15010000 Water Softener...

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Water softener salt bridging


One of the most frequent problems with water softening systems is salt bridging in the salt/brine tank. There are several reasons for salt bridging to occur. This generally occurs when pellet type salts or potassium chloride is used to regenerate the water softening system. Pellet type salts contain binding agents that in turn give the salt a very starchy consistency when wet. As water evaporates in the brine tank the pellet salts partially dissolve, bind together and form a "salt bridge" in the tank. Potassium chloride (Kcl) acts in the same way. Excess water in the salt tank, with high salt levels, can also cause salt bridging. Improper softener brining and lack of proper brine refill will cause bridging to occur as well.

What is the best way to alleviate these problems?

1. When using pellet type salts or potassium chloride only keep the salt tank about 1/2 full. This prevents too much compaction of the salts and helps to prevent bridging. When using potassium chloride get the salt tank off the floor on a wooden platform to prevent wicking of moisture from concrete floors.

2. Use a high grade of salt. Most water treatment dealers use either
DuraCube or HardiCube water softener salts produced by Cargill Corp.
Cargill has a link to find dealers in your area.
https://saltapps.cargill.com/cargillsalt/product_locator_new.asp

Solar Salt is another option as the crystal structure is very hard and virtually impossible to bridge. This is also available from many Cargill salt dealers and in stores.

3. Let the salt tank run down to 80-100lbs of salt or potassium a couple times per year to help prevent buildup of dissolved salts in brine tank.

4. Yearly maintenance of the water treatment system helps also. Restrictions in the brining system (injector/eductor assembly) caused by sediment and oxidized iron buildup cause improper brining and too much water in salt tank during refill. Have this assembly cleaned yearly. Have the water tested to see if the water chemistry or usage have changed and adjustments to the system are necessary.

5. Avoid using rock salts to prevent buildup of sediment in brine tank (which causes service problems).

Practice these tips and you will have fewer water softener problems and more consistent quality softened water.

I wish you good water!
H2O Services

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on May 17, 2011 | Water Dispensing & Filtration

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Culligan water softener manual


You are likely using a rock salt and what you are seeing is a build up of dirt and fine sand because rock salt isn't clean... it's got rocks in it. Clean your tank out and rinse it thoroughly with a hose. Be sure to clean out your 3" tube (brine well) and under the salt platform if you have one. Start with a clean salt like System Saver II or Crystal Plus. Never fill your salt tank over half full. Always let your salt be used down to the water level. IF the salt at the water level is soft and pasty don't add more; tip the salt tank until the salt is raised along one side or corner to above the water level when you stand the tank up carefully. This will allow all the water in the tank to become brine (saturated solution).


IF you are using potassium instead of salt, the brown is a natural component. Don't worry about it although it never hurts to clean your brine tank yearly.

Aug 04, 2014 | Water Dispensing & Filtration

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Water Softener full of water, not draining, or using salt


How old is the system ? Where does the system drain to ? If this is the softener you have (seems awful large for a household) it is probably the injector/nozzle assembly. I have attached a manual to help you. A restriction in the drain line could also be the problem. Fleck 2850s

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Softener not filtering water through the salt and not draining water from tank


What model of water softener do you have ? The one you have on here is for a chemical, not a water softener. Usually it is the brine injector or commonly called the nozzle/venture that gets clogged and will not create a vacuum to draw out the brine water. If you can put a picture of your water softener on here. I'd be more than happy to help you out.

Mar 20, 2014 | Seachem Discus Buffer 4 Kilogram Softens...

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Water softener


By "full of water" do you mean completely full, or you see water in the lower 1/3 of the salt tank? Water in the lower 1/3 of the salt tank is normal operation during the brining (recharge) cycle and it does not completely pump out. If the bypass valve absolutely will not budge, then it's possible that the controller valve is defective and the line is full of the tiny resin beads. However, if you still have normal water pressure then that's not the problem and the bypass valve is most likely just stuck, possibly from never having been moved in several years of operation. Water softeners are noce to have but generally have a useful life expectancy of around 10 years. Replacement *can* be a DIY project, but can also be a lot of hard work if the old one is full of salt (very heavy). Of the ones I've had to replace (myself) I've had to manually dig the salt out by hand and pile it into a wheelbarrow. It's a chore. I'm on my 3rd in 35 years. Next time I'm calling Culligan :)

Jan 26, 2014 | managemylife.com

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Water sofener has used all of its salt and been running without salt for a long time


Try adding salt first. Push Recycle now button and see if it makes soft water. When the resin tank gets full, water pressure in the house will go down.You might get lucky.

Jan 24, 2014 | Hamilton Beach Water Dispensing &...

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Sestem is not using up salt and will not flush the lines when it is set up to .


Hi Joey,

There could be several reasons why your softener is not using salt. If it has a Demand Control the turbine that meters the water may be blocked and stuck so the softener doesn't realize that you are using any water, so it won't try to regenerate.

Your injector may be plugged, although this would cause the salt tank to become more full with each regeneration.

If you initiate a manual regeneration and regeneration does not happen you may need to replace the softener.

Knowing what make, model and age of your softener would help greatly in assessing. The best quality softeners last 15 to 18 years unless you have an Autotrol Turbulator in your softener, in which case add 25% more time; 19 to 23 years. There are a few brands that don't seem to last longer than 10 years...

Steve Scott CWS, CI

Sep 03, 2013 | Pentair Water Dispensing & Filtration

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What is Salt Bridging in a Culligan Water Softener


Salt bridging can occur in any water softener "salt tank". A salt bridge occurs when a hard crust of salt develops across the salt tank when the salt wicks up moisture. The salt does not fall down in the salt tank in between regenerations and a "bridge" occurs. It may look like the salt tank is full but there will be a hollow area at the bottom of the salt tank and not enough salt to develop the proper brine for regeneration of softener. This generally happens when the salt tank is a least 1/2 full of salt. If the system has a separate salt tank, shaking the tank will break the bridge usually. Gently poking a stick at the bridge can break it up also but can damage the salt grid if you poke the stick too far down in the salt tank. Certain salts, such as pellet salt are highly prone to this problem. Using Dura Cube, Hardi Cube or Solar salt will greatly reduce the chance of bridging. Any time a salt bridge occurs it will take 3 regenerations of the water softener (in 24 hrs), after fixing it, to regain the reserve capacity and totally soft water.
RJ

Oct 27, 2011 | Culligan Sediment Water Filter

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My water softener emptied im not sure how long it was empty for but I dont think it was too long I filled it with salt and now it doesnt work. It still regenerates but im getting hard water still any...


Do you mean the salt tank was empty? If so fill salt tank half way wait about 6 hrs for brine to develop. Manually regenerate softener 2x within 24 hrs. When the salt runs out the resin becomes saturated with hardness minerals. It takes at least 2 regeneration cycles back to back to completely restore soft water. Also the hot water will take some time to get soft. It will help to flush water heater after cold water is consistently soft.
I hope this helps,
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