Question about Bosch 24 in. SGS43C12 Classixx Free-Standing Dishwasher
We have always regularly filled up our salt reservoir. But despite having not filled it up for ages the salt is now not ever needing to be filled up as it is full to bursting. Why isn't the salt working through the system? Is there a bit that's blocked that I don't know about? Any help and I'd be grateful!!
Salt will sometimes "bridge up" at the bottom of the tank.
Sometimes a "soft" persuasion to break up the bridge is required to get the salt to settle down where the water will dissolve it.
I generaaly use a rubber mallet to lightly tap on the outside of the salt tank. If successful, you can hear the salt bridge break up and fall to the bottom and the salt above will start to settle also. Once the salt has settled and it is using the salt, then keep the reservoir full to keep other bridging from forming.
If you are unable to break up the bridge, then the unit may have to disconnected and harsher means used to break up the bridge.
I would recommend that a technician perform this task.
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HOW MUCH SALT DO I NEED TO ADD?
Your machine may have a float indicator or a warning light to tell you when salt needs adding to the water softener. Often float indicators are difficult to see, and there is no accurate guide as to how much salt you need to add. Quite simply, just add granular salt to the reservoir until it won't take any more!
The softener will use the salt to replenish itself each time you wash. As an approximate guide, you should do a full top up about once a month. If your machine doesn't have a warning light, a good way to remember to check and / or top up is to do it on a regular day of the month (e.g. the first Saturday or the 15th)
CAN I USE ORDINARY TABLE SALT?
No. Table, cooking, rock and sea salts may contain additives that can actually increase water hardness. Also, the fine consistency of some of these salts mean they are likely to clog when wet. Always use granular dishwasher salt because it is very pure and is the right consistency for use in your machine.
Granular salt is the ONLY type of salt that should be used to regenerate the softener. Be aware that some varieties of 'dishwasher salt' use Dead Sea salt. This variety may contain minute insoluble organic matter that may adversely affect the resin within your softener over time. If you are in doubt about the origins of the salt, ask the retailer or manufacturer.
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