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Water Filtration Service

Water filtration service is normally recommended annually as well as other water filtration equipment.  It is possible to have interim operational problems (identified later in this report) which can be diagnosed and remedied by the homeowner.  To ensure proper operation and to maximize the useful life of your equipment, proper maintenance will provide consistent softened or conditioned water to your home.  For complicated problems, contacting your water treatment service technician for water softener service is your best option.  See some symptoms of potential problems with your water filtration equipment below.

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Water Softener with Sediment Filtration


If you have a water softener make sure it is “on” and working, that is, that the system has power, then:

  • Check the water softener salt tank: Is there salt in the brine tank?  If not, add at least a few bags salt to the tank.
  • Check power to the water filtration equipment: If the unit uses electricity to run a timer, be sure it’s plugged in to a live outlet and has power. Some water conditioners use a low-voltage transformer to power the control – be sure that device is present, plugged in, and working.  Also, a power failure could cause the timer to be improperly set.  Re-set the day of week and time of day on the water softener timer after an electrical power failure or after the softener has been powered “off” for a time.
  • Check the bypass valve: You want first to see that the water filtration equipment is not on “bypass” – is household water flowing through the unit?  This valve is an option and may not be installed on your unit, but there may be standard plumbing valves or globe valves that accomplish the same purpose.
  • Manually regeneration cycle: Then try a manual regeneration cycle on the water softener – you’ll see on most units a lever you can push on the control box to start that regeneration process.  Note: your home will not be delivered conditioned or softened water while the water softener is in the regeneration cycle, therefore, its best not to use water (or use as little as possible- flushing toilets is OK, etc.) in the home until the regeneration process is complete.  This is why most programmed regeneration is set for late at night when water usage is much less likely.
  • Feel & test the water supply: if you can’t get a lather when bathing the system may not be sufficiently treating the water.

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  • Water flow from faucet is noticeably slower – filters may be clogged, storage tank may have lost pressure or could be a “kink” in one of the lines
  • Water has developed a bad taste – could be the carbon filter has been exhausted and needs replacement or the reverse osmosis membrane may need to be changed out.
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Reverse Osmosis System


Without fully diagnosing, it can be very difficult to determine what is really causing the problem and whether of not a water filtration service or repair is even necessary.  This is where a service technician will be able to trouble shoot the situation and come to a determination and solution to the problem. While there are so many possible symptoms and problems water filtration equipment may experience, the following are a few that you may see.

  1.  Excessive salt usage by the system is requiring higher than normal salt tank fill ups for water softener
  2.  Stains on home fixtures even though the water filtration equipment seems to be running properly
  3.  Mineral discharging from the water filtration equipment and into the home’s water supply
  4.  Loss of water pressure in the home’s distribution system downstream from the softener
  5.  Hard water evidence observed right after a regeneration cycle.

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H2O Care is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989 with offices in Middleton & Stow, MA.  See our published articles in Water Technology Magazines at http://h2ocare.com/pub.   We can be reached at [email protected] or 800-539-1100.