||What does the grain capacity of a water softener mean?|
||How is the "hardness" of water measured?|
||How do I find out my water hardness?|
||What are the main benefits of a water softener?|
||What type of salt should I use?|
||Why does a softener need to recharge?|
||How much water does each recharge use?|
||How much electricity does a water softener use?|
||How does my water softener recharge?|
||How long does a softener take to recharge?|
||What happens is the power goes out?|
||Does the recharge water from the softener harm my septic system?|
||Can I install it myself?|
What does the grain capacity of a water softener mean?
The rated capacity of a softener is the maximum number of grains of water hardness the unit can remove prior to regeneration.
How is the "hardness" of water measured?
The hardness of water is measured in grains per gallon (gpg). One grain of hardness is equal to 1/7000 lb. of rock. Your municipal water supply may measure water hardness in mg/L or ppm. 1 grain per gallon (gpg) is equal to 17.1 mg/L or 17.1 ppm.
How do I find out my water hardness?
You can call your municipality if you use city water, or use the simple test strip available at Lowe's.
What are the main benefits of a water softener?
- Reduces spotting on dishes and glassware
- Less detergent and soap required for cleaning
- Reduces water heating energy costs
- Makes household chores easier
- Skin feels smoother and less dry
- Clothes are whiter, brighter and last longer
- Can extend life of appliances
What type of salt should I use?
A clean pellet or nugget style salt is recommended. Other types of salt are available for specialized applications. Whirlpool™ water softeners typically use 20 - 80lbs. of salt per month.
Why does a softener need to recharge?
It needs to rid itself of hardness particles that it collects as water is processed through it.
How much water does each recharge use?
About as much water as it takes to wash a load of laundry.
How much electricity does a water softener use?
As much as a digital alarm clock.
How does my water softener recharge?
Depends on your water usage and hardness level. In a typical household it will regenerate every 2-7 days. All Whirlpool™ water softeners regenerate only when needed, saving water and energy.
How long does a softener take to recharge?
About 2 hours. Whirlpool™ water softeners come preprogrammed to regenerate at 2:00 a.m., however can be reprogrammed to regenerate at any desired time.
What happens is the power goes out?
Whirlpool™ water softeners come with a battery-free power interruption backup feature that will maintain the clock setting for eight hours in the event of a brief power outage. In the event of a longer power outage, the clock may need to be reset but all other settings are retained.
Does the recharge water from the softener harm my septic system?
No. Water softener recharge water should not affect septic system operation or drain field soil percolation.
Can I install it myself?
Yes. Whirlpool™ water softeners come with detailed instructions and everything you need to install the unit.