A water softener can be a huge help for your home’s water quality, but it works hard to remove the mineral deposits that build up from your hard water. Like other appliances, your water softener will eventually suffer from poor performance as it ages.
A high-quality, well-maintained water softener should last between 10 and 15 years. But if it starts to show excessive signs of wear or damage, you may want to replace it sooner. Naturally, a home with extremely hard water or a home that uses a lot of water will shorten the lifespan of a water softener, due to the heavy amount of mineral deposits it has to remove.
The lifespan of your water softener can vary, but here are some signs that it is time to replace your old water softener.
Hard water makes it more difficult for shampoo, soap and detergent to achieve the proper lather. As a water softener ages, it can’t remove the mineral deposits as effectively, which can cause a similar effect as having hard water.
If you notice that you’re going through shampoo, soap and detergent faster than usual or it doesn’t lather as it should, you may want to consider replacing your water softener.
Buildup Around Fixtures
Hard water also causes a chalky residue around fixtures, soap scum in the shower and hard water spots and stains in the toilet and sink. This buildup shouldn’t be an issue if your water softener is performing at its peak. But as it begins to age, you may notice more buildup and stains on your fixtures and in your sink and shower.
If you notice a buildup that’s more difficult to clean, it’s time to have your water softener checked.
Your Water Tastes Funny
Hard water has a metallic taste that’s distinctive, as opposed to the smooth, pure taste of soft water. If your water softener isn’t filtering efficiently, you may begin to notice more and more mineral deposits making their way into your water, which will change its taste.
Take a drink of water from your tap and pay attention to the smoothness and taste. Even small changes can clue you in to lagging performance from your water softener.
These signs are an indication that your water softener isn’t working properly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be replaced just yet. A lot of problems can cause your water to “harden” and build up mineral deposits, such as a jammed valve, a dirty system or simply forgetting to add the salt to the brine tank.
Before you rush to replace your system completely, contact a water treatment technician to see if your water softener needs servicing.
Learn More About Water Softeners at EcoWater Systems
Your water softener can run well for years with the proper maintenance, but that doesn’t mean you should put off replacing it when the time comes. If your water softener can’t perform properly, you’ll suffer the same problems that occur with hard water, such as dry skin and hair, mineral buildup and hard water spots.
If you’re looking to upgrade or replace your water softener, EcoWater Systems is here to help. We have a variety of water quality solutions to suit your needs, as well as many water softeners for you to choose from. Contact us today to learn more!