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How do i clean the salt holding tank on my home ge water softener

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I tried this and it worked fir me

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No Hot Water

Hard water contains a lot of minerals and depending on how hard the water is also depends on how often you must replace the filters. A much better alternative is to have a water softener installed before your hot water heater and any other sorce of domestic water supplying your home. I have one and it works great. Just be advised that you will need to replace the salt crystals every couple of months depending on the time intervals you set the timer to. If you find that the water still remains soft after two months and your filters are not to badly clogged then you may try adding salt every three or four months and see if that solves your problem. You also have to remember that your also using the water for drinking cooking and bathing so softening your water supply is very important especially if you or anyone in your household ever had any kidney stones or kidney problems.

Good luck,

Marty
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Kenmore Water Softeners Model 625388270 Serial 12756 - Water above the salt level. I have cleaned the venture nozzle. Did not help

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On this model, the problem is usually the rotor and rotor seal. When they wear, they don't let the softener create a vacuum to pull the brine water from the tank. This is a fairly complex repair. I don't have a service manual for you. The parts are available from Sears. I know this is not much help, but I've worked on hundreds of these and this is the problem 98% of the time.

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We have a one year old home with PEX pipe and one year old hot water heater fed by a water softener. In one of the bathroom sinks, and only there it seems, there is a sulfur smell when we first open the...

i would check the softener before the water heater, when was the last time you did a back flush of the system? water sitting at the bottom of a water softener tank can get moldy and begin to rot, which causes H2S gas which smells like sulfur , its a breakdown of decay,, this will also happen if your home is using well water,, so check that first , empty the tank and clean it our ,, then back flush the system
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I don't have a problem, just a question. I recently purchased a home with a GE Smartwater softening system installed Model GXSF23Z01. What do I need to do to maintain this system. Does it require salt?...

Check the time of day, and make sure it's accuate. Reset if necessary. Add salt if it's low. It's always best to let the salt level run low (about 1-2") so it doesn't mush. Only add 80-100 lbs at a time for best results. This particular softener doesn't keep a water level in the tank, so you won't see any water in the salt area. If there is standing water in the salt area, that could mean it's not working the way it should. Here is a link to the owners manual. It's in PDF format

http://products.geappliances.com/MarketingObjectRetrieval/Dispatcher?RequestType=PDF&Name=003674144.PDF
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Our water softener has stopped working. The salt has turned into one big block. What do I do? Can this be fixed? How?

You are going to have to clean the salt block out of the tank. You can try using the end of a broom handle to try breaking it up. Be careful not to go to bottom of tank. Try pouring a couple gallons of hot water over salt bridge if that does not work and retry. Avoid using pellet salt it causes problems like this. If there is currently water at the bottom of salt tank then system is not working and needs repair.
Hope this helps,
H2O Services
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Where do you put the filtration system if you want to eliminate all sediment from your hot water tank. Doe's it go before or after the softener and into the hot water tank?

There are two water lines connected to water heater.
One is marked Hot and the other Cold.
The shut off valve is on the Cold line.

To eliminate sand and dirt from entering your water heater, the 'sediment' filter should be installed on Cold line.
Sand and dirt are sometimes called sediment, but this type of sediment is not the same as calcium carbonate sediment that accumulates inside a tank that receives hard water.

When you have hard water, then water heater makes calcium carbonate 'sediment' deposits that accumulate in bottom of tank. A 'sediment' filter will not prevent this problem.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-electric-water-heater.html

If you have hard water, to prevent calcium carbonate from forming inside tank, you need a water softener.
Water softener will prevent calcium carbonate sediment forming inside tank.
However water softener will shorten life of water heater anode rod.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

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Water level in tank over salt pile No soft water

Hello. Here is an excellent article on how a water softener works which may answer your problem for you. http://home.howstuffworks.com/question99.htm

J.
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I just had a mouse surface in my holding tank how do I clean that out? do I add bleach and cycle the water softener?

The mouse must have been in one of your product bags...depending on the deterioration of the carcus; you may have already injested some of the decomposing material.
1. Turn off the water supply and remove the top cover
2. Make sure you have rubber glvoes. Drain the holding tank and remove and dispose of the remaining salt tablets/product left in the tank.
3. Yes, clean the tank with a disinfectant (bleach) and rinse thoughly. Be sure to rinse the tank...you don't want high levels of bleach in your supply lines.
4. Fill with new/clean softner tablets and return unit to service.
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The water is not clear any more we have white residue in the kettle. We did change the filter and emptied the tank 3 times before insulting the new filters.

I don't believe that any filtration system is capable of removing dissolved calcium from water and that is what causes the white deposits. Water softeners will, but I don't like the idea of dissolved salts in our tap water.
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Error 1 on my GE Water Softener

You need the brand as well along with the model number. If you go to the website of the brand, usually they have a manual for you to download. I bet the module has gone bad and probably need to be replaced but I would double check the power to the unit and also look for corrosion around the controls.
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