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Water Softener Timer Not Working? What To Do Now

A water softener timer motor helps with the water filtration process, so when it stops functioning, your tap water can suffer. If you think your water softener timer's not working, you can troubleshoot with a few steps.

Check Your Water Softener Timer Motor

The timer motor drives everything in the control head: It's in charge of keeping the correct time, pacing the control during the cycles that the unit has to go through, and counting down the days until the next backwash. If you’re left with a water softener timer not working, your water softener will also stop working.

How To Check For a Water Softener Timer Not Working

  • See if the cord for your water softener is still plugged into the outlet. If it's plugged in but your water softener still isn't working, you may need to check for power from the GFCI or breaker.

  • Make sure it's set to the correct time of day. If it isn't correct when you check, reset it and then check it again in a few hours. If it's letting the clock slip out of sync and the water softener hasn't lost power at any point, then the timer motor is likely failing.

If the timer doesn't seem to be the issue, consider other reasons for hard water.

What To Do If You Have a Water Softener Timer Not Working

The timer motor runs your water softener, so you'll either need to repair the motor or replace the water softener altogether.

It's best to contact a technician to determine the best course of action, and don't delay — after all, your water softener is key for clean water in your home.

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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