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How To Replace a Water Softener Resin Bed


Replacing your water softener resin bed can look like a daunting task. However, replacing this important part of your water softener is not as daunting as it looks. Even though most resins don’t need to be frequently replaced, your softener’s regeneration cycle can reduce its life. Therefore, we’ve put together an ultimate guide on how to replace a water softener resin bed to help you out.

Step 1: Diagnose the problem

Before you move to replace the resin, it’s very important to check if your unit is operating properly. If you’ve noticed no soft water is coming out of your water softener or it quickly runs out of soft water and regenerates, there is a high probability your resin bed is damaged. The normal life of a resin bed is 10-15 years. 

That said, the main culprit responsible for damaging your resin bed is chlorine. Chlorine separates your resin from the glue which holds resin beads together rendering the beads ineffective. Also, iron mostly available in well water or city water can coat the bead’s outer layer. As if that is not enough, water hammering can also cause direct damage to the resin bed due to the water force flowing through the pipes. 

So how do you know your water softener resin bed is faulty? It’s very simple. The first step is to find out if your unit’s salt consumption rate is at its normal rate. If you find out the consumption rate is normal, and there is no sign of soft water, then probably the resin bed is damaged. It could either be damaged by chlorine and the brine can no longer regenerate it or it could be saturated with iron deposits.

Step 2: Determine which type of resin is used

Determining the type of your unit’s resin bed is very important. The type of your unit’s resin bed is normally indicated in the owner’s manual. Most of them are hi-cap (high capacity) resin. You will also find some units using fine-mesh resin – especially those used with well water to trap ground water metals. Fine-mesh resins are frequently replaced due to the iron minerals trapped hence reducing its water softening ability.

Step 3: Replace the resin bed

Now this is arguably the most tricky part of the whole process. To begin with, watch out for the O-rings and the seals positions so that you can reinstall them in their right places. Also, it’s important you purchase essential tools such as a riser tube, resin funnel and gravel – if needed.
The next step is to rotate the softener valve towards the bypass position. Proceed to the next step which is starting a manual regeneration by turning on a dial located on the valve head. This process will let off internal water pressure.

Now the next important thing to do is to disconnect your water softener’s control valve from any power, brine and water line. To effectively do this, you might require help to unscrew the control valve. Follow this by removing the distributor tube and the control valve concurrently. Now we move to the fun part where you need to dump out the water and the resins. Alternatively, you could remove them using suction.

Before you begin to install your new resin, make sure the newly purchased riser tube is of similar height to the one you’ve just removed. Next, proceed to insert the resin isinto the resin tank of your water softener. After this, refill the softener and then have the valve head reinstalled. Finally, have your unit reattached back to the bypass valve before turning the valve to “in-service” position.

Step 4: Check for leaks

After every repair conducted on your water softener, conducting a thorough leak check process is a must. If you have keenly followed all the above steps and conducted a proper job, you’ll not spot any leakage. However, if you spot any leaks just work more diligently to repair it and enjoy your soft water.

Final Thoughts

Was that post helpful? Well, properly replacing your water softener resin is very important. Always go for reputable softeners such as Fleck Water Softener which come with a complete user’s manual. Additionally, a 10-year warranty attached to such products assures you of uninterrupted supply of soft water at your home. Feel free to share this post or leave us a comment in the comment section below.


5 Quick and Easy DIY Water Filters You Can Make At Horne

Bad water is one of the most annoying problems, and it’s dangerous too. Basically, you can get sick; water can taste bad and even smell bad. A lot of people experience this problem, and it’s even worse if you have a child in your house who always needs clean and safe water without bad bacteria and viruses. After calling departments and services that work with this kind of problems, you understand it’s going to be really expensive.

Why not make water filter at home by yourself? That’s right! It’s easy, a lot cheaper and you can design your filter how you want it, And there is a possibility, some of the needed things you already have at your home or garage that makes the process even easier. That’s why I am going to share these five easy methods for solving this problem.

1. Biological Filter

This one is the easiest and cheapest DIY water filter method. The only bad thing about this filter is it’s not going to be the prettiest one, but it does work and its function very well.

Things you are going to need:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Gravel
  • Sand
  • Charcoal
  • Knife or something to cut the bottle with a cloth
Water Filter Bottle

Take your bottle, turn it upside down and cut the hole on top of it, that’s where you are going to put your materials in.

After that, follow these steps:

Take off the cork from the bottle. Than put the cloth in cork spot, well pressed. That’s where it will flow through. From the other end of the bottle, put in charcoal. It removes any chemical absorption from wag. Next one going in the bottle is sand. It filters out bacteria and viruses On top of sand put gravel. It’s going to filter larger sediment

I can guarantee this filter will work great and it costs a maximum of 5-10$.

2. Boiling

As funny as it sounds, but that’s the truth. When you boil water, you remove most of the bacteria and other bad substances. Unless your water is completely bad and with serious problems, this filtration will work fine.

Boiling Water

Just remember to heat water until its boiling, and you can see bubbles from it; otherwise, it could not be cleaned enough and still not drinkable.

3. Solar Water Filtration

You have bad water, and at the same time, it’s a hot and sunny day outside? Then let’s combine resting and water filtration together.

Things you are going to need:

Plastic bottle for water Some place which gets hit straight with sun

Sounds simple, right? It sure is All you have to do is put water in the sun, while at that time you can enjoy the good weather outside by yourself. Let it sit in the heat and sun for at least four hours, and it will get filtrated. Just don’t forget to keep the bottle closed.

Of course, the water will be warm, but that’s not a problem either. You can simply put it for a while in the fridge until it gets nice and cold or uses ice cubes.

4. Coal Water Filter

This one is an improvised biological filter. But instead of charcoal, you will be using standard coal. If you are outdoors, this is the perfect way for water filtration.

Things you will need for creating this filter:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Sand
  • Coal
  • Cloth

Follow these simple steps, and soon you will be done:

Take cork of from the bottle and in that place put piece of cloth pressed in very well Turn bottle upside down and cut a hole on the top Put coal right in the hole At the end you put sand

Remember to make hole big enough to pour in water. This filter will give cloudy watercolour so it will not look so good. It gives a strange taste, which means it’s better to boil it before drinking, but it’s nothing bad about hazy colour, it will not harm you in any way. That’s the only problem with this method, but it’s very simple to make and boiling is nothing hard either.

5. Water Distiller

This could be the best water filtration by this far, it heats and filtrates at the same time. I totally would recommend this method.

Things you will need:

  • Glass bottle (Any kind you prefer)
  • A piece of plastic tubing (That fits perfectly in the bottle, so there is no space for air to circulate)
  • Container to catch condensation (It can be just a standard glass)

When you got everything you need, follow these simple steps, and pretty soon you will have filtrated water:

Pour water you want to filtrate in the glass bottle Take the plastic tubing and one and of it press it in the glass bottle but not letting it to touch the water Another end of tubing put in the glass or any container you prepared Put the bottle on the stove, fire on anything that will heat the bottom of it After a while water will transfer to the container, and it will be safe to drink

But be careful, sometimes glass bottles do break from the heat, and you don’t want that to happen. I would recommend using a bottle with harder glass, so it works well.

Why Creating By Yourself Is Good

The great part about doing it by yourself, you know what’s inside. When you buy filtration systems and pay someone to put it in place, you never know how well the quality is and is it really in the right place. When you create something, you know what material you used and where did you use it That’s how you can control everything that’s happening with system and filtration process.

I hope these simple steps helped you and you learned something now Also I hope you can agree, it’s really easy to make a water filtration system at home by yourself. Any of five of them almost doesn’t even cost any money at all, most of the requirements are found in a local store or even your house if you search. And it’s very cheap.

For any question feel free to ask in the comments section and let me know what you think about any of these methods. Share, so more people, finds the answer to they’re water problems.