How Your Minimax Softener Works
This is what your softener looks like
- Your softener consists of two resin cylinders. These are what soften the water by capturing the chalk. When they are filled with chalk, they need to wash that chalk down the drain which is where the…
- Brine water comes in. The Brine is used simply to flush the chalk down the drain.
- There is a shuttle valve that controls the flushing of one cylinder at a time, to ensure you have soft water 24/7.
- There are two very accurate meters that measure the water used in your home. These determine when the softener regenerates (flushes the chalk down the drain).
How your softener works
- Both cylinders work together.
- When one cylinder runs low on capacity (the ability to soften water), it pops off line to cleanse itself while the other cylinder continues to give you softened water.
- A typical regeneration can taken between 11-20 minutes depending on the local water pressure at the time, and will use 17.1L of water.
- When both resin cylinders are softening, the machine is silent and no water goes to drain.
What happens if you forget to add salt?
- If you forget to add salt, the softener will not be damaged and will in fact continue to operate.
- However, the brine water will gradually be replaced by mains tap water. This water cannot flush chalk down the drain so soon after your softener will stop softening the water.
- When you add salt again, this will dissolve, and when the softener next goes into regeneration, this will once again flush brine through your softener, and your softener will work again.
- However, to get completely soft water, both cylinders will need to have regenerated, which can take time.
Why does it take time to produce softened water again?
The reason it takes time is:
- Firstly, when you add salt to the cabinet, the salt needs to dissolve in the water which will turn the water into brine. This happens quite quickly, perhaps a few hours.
- Secondly, the softener has to wait for the meters to next regenerate a cylinder before that brine water can flush the hard water out.
- This length of time is determined by a few factors: When the softener last regenerated, and how many litres of water remain to be used before the next regeneration.
If I remove the salt block, why does the water not go hard straight away
- If you remove the salt blocks, the softener will continue to give softened water until both cylinders have filled with chalk AND the Brine water is no longer a brine solution but rather just tap water.
- his can take a few days depending on how much water you are using, and when the softener last regenerated.
- Conversely, adding salt again can also take a few days to completely soften the water, although in most homes this can happen within 24 hours (those with combination boilers).
- Your softener is without a doubt the best softener in the market.
- It will give you softened water all the time.
- There are no instructions for the softener, except for…