Water Softener Troubleshooting
Many customers can save money by checking a few common problems and symptoms first. No matter where you purchased your water softener, Northland Water always provides free troubleshooting — both online and over the phone. After checking the following items, please call Northland Water to schedule a service call.
Always check the following items before calling Northland Water to schedule a service call:
- Is there salt in the brine tank?
- Is there a salt bridge in the salt tank?
- Is the water softener plugged in and receiving electricity?
- Is the time of day on the timer correct?
- Is the bypass valve in the ‘service’ position?
- Are there kinks in the drain line?
|Problem You Are Experiencing||Cause of the Problem||Solution to the Problem|
|My Water softener will not regenerate.||Electricity is not getting to the system.||Check the outlet, circuit breakers, and that the water softener is plugged in.|
|My water softener will not regenerate.||Timer motor is defective.||Call Northland Water to replace the timer motor.|
|My water softener will not regenerate.||Power failure.||Reset the time of day after power is restored.|
|My water softener is not softening the water.||There is no salt in the brine (salt) tank.||Fill the brine tank with salt and manually regenerate the softener.|
|My water softener is not softening the water.||There is an internal leak.||Call Northland Water to replace seals, pistons, or distributor tube.|
|My water softener is not softening the water.||Hot water is hard.||Drain the hot water heater and fill with soft water.|
|My water softener is not softening the water.||Water softener is not regenerating often enough.||Increase hardness setting.|
|My water softener is not softening the water.||Salt bridge at bottom of brine (salt) tank.||Break up salt bridge in brine (salt) tank to allow salt to mix with water at the bottom of the tank.|
|My water softener is using too much salt.||Water softener is regenerating too often.||Decrease the hardness setting.|
|My water softener is using too much salt.||Too much water in the brine (salt) tank because brine draw is not functioning.||Clean injectors.|
|I am experiencing a loss of water pressure.||Iron build up in water softener.||Clean control and add resin cleaner. Increase regeneration frequency.|
|I am experiencing a loss of water pressure.||Inlet of control is plugged.||Remove piston and clean control of foreign objects.|
|There is iron in conditioned water.||Fouled resin bed.||Add resin cleaner or replace resin and increase regeneration.|
|There is too much water in brine (salt) tank.||Plugged drain line flow control.||Clean flow control. Put system into brine, rinse and draw until 4″ of water is left at the bottom of the brine (salt) tank.|
|My water softener is is failing to drain brine.||Internal control leak.||Call Northland Water to replace seals, spacers or pistons.|
|My water softener is failing to drain brine.||Injectors are plugged.||Clean the injectors.|
|The valve cycles continuously.||Faulty timer mechanism.||Call Northland Water to replace the timer motor.|
|My drain flows continuously.||There is an internal leak.||Call Northland Water to replace seals, pistons, or spacers.|
|The drain flows continuously.||Timer motor stopped or jammed.||Call Northland Water to replace the timer motor.|
|The drain flows continuously.||Control valve jammed in brine or backwash position.||Call Northland Water to replace seals, pistons, or spacers.|