Your water softener regenerates when your water usage is at its lowest. Typically, water softeners regenerate at 2 a.m. You can rest the timer of your water softener a few minutes from now to make sure that it is regenerating properly.
Water softeners regenerate according to the set schedule. You have to correct the time zone of your water softener to know that it regenerates at the right time.
The regeneration cycle of your water softener depends on the type of water softener. The regeneration cycle can start before or after the water-softening process. Water softeners may produce hard water due to regeneration failure.
Read the article below to know about the signs of a water softener regeneration:
Signs that your water softener is regenerating
Regeneration improves water quality. Water softeners work better when they regenerate themselves. If your water softener is providing soft water consistently, it means that it is regenerating itself.
Salt levels in your brine tank can indicate whether your water softener is regenerating itself or not. Water softeners consume salt when they regenerate themselves. Decreased salt levels indicate that your water softener is regenerating itself.
The sound of water and salt moving through the system can indicate that your water softener is regenerating itself.
The readings on the control head or system display indicate that your water softener is regenerating properly.
How to monitor regeneration
The control head of your water softener tells you about regeneration. It also provides limited control of the process. There are some other ways to monitor regeneration in a water softener.
Checking the control head
The control head readings indicate that your system is regenerating properly. It does not matter whether you have a time-clocked water softener or a metered water softener. The control head indicates whether your water softener is regenerating or not.
Based on the type of water softener, your machine can go through a backwash first. The duration of backwash affects the regeneration cycle. Your control head can tell you whether your water softener is going through a backwash or not. In some forms of water softeners, backwash can last for 10 minutes.
Checking the brine tank level
Depending on the type of water softener, the regeneration cycle can start before or after the water softening process. The brine tank level can give you some idea about the regeneration cycle.
It is important to monitor the water level in your brine tank. Water enters the brine tank that contains salt. The correct water level in your water softener depends on the type of water softener.
High-efficiency water softeners use too little water and salt compared to low-efficiency water softeners. High-efficiency water softeners maintain a two to three inches water level.
The size and usage of your water softener are directly related to its capacity and regeneration. Standard water softeners use less salt and brine than industrial-scale water softeners.
In other words, brine tank levels of industrial-scale water softeners vary from the standard water softeners.
Reviewing system logs and settings
System logs and settings can tell you about the start and end of the regeneration cycle. Some water softeners use backwash as the initial step of the regeneration cycle. Another important thing to notice is that the regeneration of a water softener depends on its size.
Larger water softeners with standard efficiency use too much salt and water. The system logs of a standard water softener vary from the system logs of a large-scale water softener.
In other words, system logs can give you some idea about the regeneration cycle of a water softener. You should know how to read and understand system logs while checking them for regeneration.
Common reasons for regeneration failure
Your water softener can have regeneration failure due to the following reasons:
Insufficient salt levels
Your brine tank contains less salt than needed. You should monitor salt levels in your brine tank because regeneration stops due to insufficient salt. In some cases, ineffective regeneration takes place due to insufficient salt levels in the brine tank.
Clogged resin bed
Minerals like calcium and magnesium can clog the resin bed in your resin tank. A clogged resin bed can contaminate your water.
Incorrect Regeneration Settings:
Incorrect regeneration settings can lead to regeneration failure. You can adjust the regeneration settings to optimize the performance of your water softener. Incorrect settings can adversely affect the regeneration cycle.
Malfunctioning control head or system components
A control head initiates the regeneration process in a water softener. Regeneration failure can occur due to a malfunctioning control head. You should check the control head while diagnosing a regeneration failure.
Do not unplug your water softener during the regeneration cycle. A power outage can hinder or stop the regeneration cycle. Water softeners need power for backwash. Backwash remains incomplete if you turn off the water softener during the regeneration cycle.
How to resolve regeneration issues?
Adjust the regeneration settings
Adjusting regeneration settings can lead to a proper regeneration cycle. You should know to adjust the regeneration settings while trying to resolve a regeneration failure.
Adjusting salt levels
You should check the salt levels in your brine tank. If the levels are low, you can add salt to the brine tank. Adjusting salt levels can be a way to prepare your water softener for an effective regeneration cycle.
Cleaning the resin bed and system components
In some cases, clogged resin beds hinder or stop the regeneration process. Cleaning the resin bed and system components can be a way to prepare the system for an effective regeneration cycle.
Check for a power outage
Water softeners need a stable power supply for effective regeneration cycles. Check your system for power outages while trying to resolve the regeneration failure.
Repairing or replacing damaged parts
A damaged or malfunctioning control head can also hinder or stop a regeneration cycle. Repairing or replacing damaged parts can lead to an effective regeneration cycle in a water softener.
How do I know if my water softener is regenerating – Water softeners regenerate when your water usage is at its lowest. Regeneration cycles in a water softener take place according to the form and type of your water softener.
You should check system logs, control head, resin beads, and salt levels in the brine tank to make sure that your water softener keeps on regenerating at a normal pace. You should read the user’s manual to learn about your specific water softener.