Water Softeners are great for making your water soft, after testing its hardness. However, installing one in your home can appear to be a daunting task. The good thing with installing your water softener yourself is that you spend less on professional installation, and it gives you time to work on it without haste. Here are 10 steps to successfully install a water softener
1. Get Your Equipment Ready
If you’re eager to learn how to install a water softener, you should be ready with the right tools to be able to carry out the task easily. You’d need a screwdriver, solder, sandpaper, flux brush, tubing cutter, groove joint plier, propane torch, etc., along with the water softener you want to install. Make sure you have a detailed list of the right tools to use, as you may need to do a little plumbing.
2. Install The Bypass Valve
When you unbox your water softener, you will notice it has a bypass valve. First, start the installation by lubricating the O-rings before slipping them into the specific ports and using the clips to tighten and put them in place.
3. Turn Off the Water System and Electricity
The next thing to do is turn off the water system in your home. Also, make sure the power to the water heater is also turned off, and there is no electricity in the home at the moment of installation.
4. Drain-All Facets and Hoses
Once you’ve shut off the water and electricity supply to your home. Turn on all hoses and faucets in your home to ensure that all water lines are drained before installing the water softener.
5. Locate a Safe and Sturdy Area for your Water Softener
Locate a place that is close to your water line and install your water softener there. Make sure the surface is dry, safe, and stable enough to hold the weight of your water softener. Position the unit in the right way since most water softeners come with two tanks, so they have to be close to each other.
6. Install The Elbow and Pipes
For larger water supply pipes, use smaller elbows. Install the elbows inside the main water supply pipe and ensure all the water exits the pipe via the same outlet. Install your pipe between the bypass port and the cold water line and solder the pipe to both ends after they must that has been properly measured.
7. Install Discharge Tube
The next thing to do is to install the discharge tube using the clamp that came with your water softener kit. Install the discharge tube on the water softener head and use the clamp to ensure it is firmly held in place. It is recommended that your discharge tube end 1-½ inches above a drain you must have provided.
8. Carefully Expel Air Out Of Your Water Softener
You can simply do this by putting the water softener’s valve on the bypass and allowing water to run past it. After doing that, set your valve to a ¼ service position and allow water to run through the water softener and expel oxygen in the process.
9. Turn on the Electricity and Water to The House
After expelling air from the water softener, move in and turn on the electricity, water supply, and water heater in the house and plug in the control valve. Set up your brine tank and fill it with gallons of water. Ensure that your water softener is turned on when a stream of water starts to appear at the drain.
10. Test For Leakages
Turn on your water softener and test for leakages. If you notice water escaping at any point, check to see that soldering and nuts are well done and fitted.