22 Oct Is it Time to Replace Your Water Softener?
If you are having problems with your water softener, you may be trying to decide whether or not you should repair what you already have or purchase a new one. When deciding between replacing or repairing a water softener in your home, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.
Resin and Carbon Media
Many homeowners do not realize that most water softeners utilize resin. In most cases, the water softener will use either six, eight or ten-percent crosslink resins. Those with higher resins offer greater durability. Each time your water softener regenerates, it wears down the resin. As such, the resin will need to be replaced over time. While this may be covered by the warranty, it frequently is not and can cost as much as $500 to replace. If the resin is not covered by your warranty, it may be more cost effective to simply install a new water softener.
Some water softeners also use carbon media in addition to resin. The carbon media is used to help reduce the amount of chlorine and other chemicals and contaminants that are in your water. Not only does this help to keep it safe to drink, but it also helps to improve the overall taste and smell of your water. Generally speaking, carbon media needs to be replaced every two to three years. This, too, can be quite expensive.
If your water softener is simply old and outdated, it may also be in your best interest to replace it. An outdated water softener is not efficient and, as such, it can cost you hundreds of dollars more each year to simply operate your old water softener when compared to a newer model. Therefore, while buying a new water softener will require making a large initial payment, it may be more cost effective in the long run.
To learn more about water softeners and whether or not it may be time for you to install a new one, contact Pump Service Idaho today!