How often should I have my water softener serviced?
Water softening no doubt unlocks many, many benefits for you, your health and your home. A fact that makes the use of water softeners particularly popular across hard water areas.
It’s integral to preventing limescale build-ups as well as minimising the uncomfortable symptoms of skin conditions like eczema to name just a couple of advantages of softer water. But like any home appliance, a water softener needs regular maintenance to do what it does best.
Developing a trusty service schedule and sticking to it is the key to continued, efficient and effective water softener use for the long term, but how often should your water softener be serviced?
The importance of water softener servicing
Whilst water softeners are well known for being easy to maintain, some servicing and maintenance certainly goes a long way.
The presence of iron within your water is one of the main reasons why water softeners need servicing. High levels of iron removed from your water through the softening process can affect the internal workings of your softener, which if not regularly serviced will easily become clogged. Sediment can also clog your water softener over time without regular servicing.
Free Water Advice sums up the importance of water softener servicing rather simply and effectively here:
“A water softener is a mechanical piece of equipment just like your vehicle or heating and air conditioning system. The cleaner it is kept, the smoother it operates. The smoother your water softener operates, the longer it will operate without the need for service.”
Scheduling softener servicing
Just how often you need your softener servicing depends on a number of factors. How often you use your softener will of course have a major part to play in the frequency of your services, and so will the hardness of the water you’re looking to soften.
The type of water softener can also influence how often your water softener needs to be serviced. Choosing the right sized water softener for your home is an important consideration too. The right sized water softener can save you tons of time and money as well as reduce the frequency of servicing.
If your water softener is too small for your home, it’ll be used more often, and be more likely to clog and require regular maintenance.
The signs it’s time for a service
If you want to make the most of your water softener and keep reaping the rewards of softer water, you must be able to identify the tell-tale signs that it’s due for a service.
Firstly, look at the water softener. is the salt not going down? Or perhaps you haven’t had to top it up for a while? This may be a sign that your water softener is not working as efficiently as it should. A service can help you remedy issues like this and boost performance.
Elsewhere in your home, you’ll be able to spot several signs that a service is due. A service may be necessary if there’s visible iron staining in your toilet bowl, changes to your water quality, spots on your dishes and laundry, or a lack of softness in your clothes and on your skin or hair.
Book a service with us
As specialists in water softener servicing and repair, we have experience maintaining softeners from a variety of brands. Our Total Care Plan provides a convenient solution for water softener users and fuss-free support whenever you need it.