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3 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Water Softener

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 90

Whether you have recently bought moved into a new home or you have lived in your current home for several years, you may be wondering if it is necessary to replace your water softener. If your house is brand new or if the water softener has recently been replaced, replacing it may not be something that is high on your priority list. Still, there are certain situations when it may be a good idea to replace it even when it still appears to be in good working order. To that end, here is a look at 3 signs that it's time to replace it.

Sign #1: Your Water Tastes Bad

If your water tastes bad, this is a sign that your water conditioner may need to be replaced. While a water conditioner is not the same as a water filter, it should still remove many of the impurities that are found in your water. As such, if your water has developed a bad taste, it may be time to purchase a new water conditioner. Of course, before you invest in a new one, you might want to have a professional take a look at your softener. In some cases, bad tasting water can be resolved with a simple repair or by adding additional filtration to your system.

Sign #2: Hard Water Stains are Appearing in Your Bathroom

The main purpose of a one is to soften hard water. If you have hard water, you will find that soap does not lather as quickly and that detergents are not as effective. You will also notice hard water stains building up in your bathtub, on your faucets and anywhere else where water is used. Your clothes may even start to look dingy and appliances may start to work less efficiently as hard water builds up in your piping and within your appliances. Again, making a simple repair may help make your water conditioner work more efficiently. In some cases, however, making these repairs will cost nearly as much as replacing your water softener. Therefore, if it is no longer under warranty, it might be worthwhile to replace it rather than attempt to fix it.

Sign #3: You've Had Enough of Salt

Not too long ago, the only option homeowners had was to purchase one that used salt. Today's homeowners, however, have more options available to select from. If you are tired of buying salt each month and monitor the salt levels, you might want to consider purchasing one that is salt-free to replace your current model. Salt-free water softeners such as the nuvoH20 use lightweight cartridges that need to be replaced every six months. Furthermore, it comes backed with a lifetime warranty, which means you can say goodbye to the salt forever without worrying about ever needing to replace your water conditioner again.

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