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Water Softener Not Softening? Check for Hard Water

When you have a water softener not softening your flow, you can be left with hard water that causes stains, reduces soap's lather, and leaves your water tasting metallic. If your softener isn't functioning properly, you'll need to check it for the root cause.

Why Is My Water Softener Not Softening?

If your system isn’t doing its job, something is interrupting the softening process or the softener's backwash cycle.

How To Check For a Water Softener Not Softening

  • If you haven't noticed it already, pay attention the next time you take a shower. Does the water feel slippery on your skin? The slippery feeling when bathing or showering is created when soft water cleans the oils out of your pores. If you don't notice that slippery feeling, then your water softener isn't working correctly.

  • Reset the time of day on your water softener timer or clock and make sure it's set to the correct time. Check it a couple of hours later. Is it still set to the correct time? If the clock hasn't kept time since you reset it, your water softener isn't working properly.

If this didn't help, consider other reasons for hard water.

What To Do With a Water Softener Not Softening?

If your water softener isn’t functioning as it should and you're not sure why, you'll need to have it inspected and repaired.

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