Hard water—water with too many dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium—can cause problems with your laundry, showers, and drinking water. That’s why many people in areas with hard water opt to use a water softener to pull dissolved minerals out of their water supply. Mr. Rooter® Plumbing repairs and replaces non-functioning water softeners so you can enjoy refreshing water and save your hair, skin, clothes, and appliances from hard water.
Signs Your Water Softener Needs Repair or Replacement
Since most water softeners operate out of sight and out of mind, it can be hard to tell when they stop working. You’ll know you need water softener system repair when you start to see signs of hard water or a failing water softener. These include:
- Stiff or scratchy laundry
- Soap doesn’t lather properly or at all
- Your faucets and drains show signs of crusty buildup
- Your water tastes different or salty
- Excessive water spots on your dishes and silverware
- Lower water pressure over time
- Dry hair or an itchy scalp after a shower
Water Softener Repair
When your water softener stops working, it’s vital that you have it serviced to prevent limescale and mineral buildup in your pipes and plumbing appliances. Whether you notice signs of hard water in your home or your water softener’s making a noise you don’t like, we’ll fix it quickly. Enjoy the benefits of soft water again with Mr. Rooter Plumbing's expertise.
To get to the root of your water softener problem, we’ll:
- Clean the brine tank where hard water enters the system for treatment
- Remove accumulated iron from the resin bed
- Remove sediment buildup from the resin tank injector and bypass valves
- Recalibrate the softener system and top it off with salt
Mr. Rooter’s licensed plumbing professionals are knowledgeable in different makes and models of water softeners and service a wide array of softener technology. For replacement parts, we’ll only source OEM or equivalent parts.
Water Softener Replacement
If your water softener is beyond repair, our experienced service providers will replace it to keep your water soft. Water softeners that are heavily damaged or past their lifespan are the best candidates for replacement. If we recommend replacing your water softener, we’ll install a new unit efficiently and remove the old one, so you don’t have to deal with it.
Professional Water Softener Service Near Me
You can trust Mr. Rooter Plumbing to get your water softener back up and running in no time. Plus, while we’re there, we’ll take the time to diagnose any plumbing issues that may have caused the problem in the first place. Give us a call or request a job estimate online for water softener repair services with upfront, flat rate pricing.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does a water softener work?
A water softener removes calcium and magnesium from your water by filtering it through a mineral tank of resin beads charged with sodium ions. Ion exchange pulls calcium and magnesium into the resin, and sodium ions enter the water (but not in high enough numbers to make it taste salty). The brine tank of salt recharges the resin beads with more sodium ions.
How long do water softeners last?
Water softeners usually last between 10 and 15 years. However, a quality water softener can last up to 20 years with proper maintenance. To make your water softener last longer:
- Only use evaporated salt in your tank
- Flush your resin bed every few months
- Clean the venturi valve inside and out twice a year
What size water softener do I need?
- Get a water test that tells you your grains per gallon (GPG) water hardness value.
- Calculate daily water use in your home, either from your water bill or multiplying the number of people in your home by 75 gallons a day.
- Multiply “daily water use x GPG value x 7” to find how many grains your system needs to filter out in a week.
- Find a softener rated for that number or above.