How Do I Replace My Water Softener Myself?


Mr. Rooter plumbing company gives a few pieces of advice and steps to replacing a water softener without the help of an expert. This is one of the perks of being their customer – getting free and actionable tips to implement immediately or when needed.

The following steps will guide anyone trying to replace their water softeners with ease.

Remember that to replace a water softener, there is no need to touch the wirings because they have already been set up when they were installed. A customer doing this by himself can then proceed to checking and making sure that the remaining softener has been used up. Doing this will prevent flooding. Now it is time to unplug the water softener from its power source to prevent electrocution when performing the replacement.

Next, the water regulator that goes to the house has to be turned off. It can be found near the main pipe. Work on the bypass regulator next. Customers are advised to make sure that if the water softener has one stem, the plunger has to close into it. The two valves – outlet and inlet – have to be shut off. The bypass valve, though, has to be opened.

Once the above steps have been performed, the customer can then move to the next step. This requires removing of potassium chloride, salt, and clips. Do not try to remove fused salt or potassium chloride lumps. The clips are found at the back of the water softener where the inlet and outlet valves are located. Removing these will separate the copper pipes from the water softener.

Now, it is time to take off the brine well cover by cutting it off from its tubing. Do not miss the brine well valve, too. This is necessary to properly install a new water softener without the help of an expert. What customers do with their old water softeners is up to them but Mr. Rooter strongly recommends disposing them properly or recycling them, if possible.

The old water softener is gone and the new softener is ready to install! Ensure that it is placed in the correct position then work backwards as to when removing the old device. Install the holding clips for the inlet and outlet valves. Check to see if water is getting into the inlet properly. See to it that the water supply is also directed to the pipes going to the house.

Do not forget to fill the water softener tank with potassium chloride and salt before plugging the device into the power socket. Next, the water supply to the house has to be opened and the water softener can now be turned on.

These steps should help any customer trying to do the work of replacing their water softeners themselves rather easily. It is also highly recommended to run tests on the water softener to make sure there are no defects or issues that needed immediate attention. Overlooking small problems may cause trouble, especially when it comes to the safety of people using it.

It is also advisable to read the manuals that come with the water softener that may have safety precautions to follow in case someone in the family needs to know how to use the device safely.

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