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Old 06-26-2011, 11:48 AM   #1
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Culligans Water softener goes thru 4 bags a week


Isn't this too much? 200 lbs a week of salt softner? What can I do?

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I would call Culligan. Without knowing how much water you are softening I cannot guess as to whether you are using an excessive amount. Timer may be set wrong or something too.

Also, we had terribly hard water in Northern California but I didn't like drinking the softened water. I talk the drinking water lines off the system. It cost a bit more for some plumbing but reduced the load on the softener somewhat. Obviously you do not want to be softening any irrigation lines. Salt and plants do not do well together.

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I would call Culligan. Without knowing how much water you are softening I cannot guess as to whether you are using an excessive amount. Timer may be set wrong or something too.

Also, we had terribly hard water in Northern California but I didn't like drinking the softened water. I talk the drinking water lines off the system. It cost a bit more for some plumbing but reduced the load on the softener somewhat. Obviously you do not want to be softening any irrigation lines. Salt and plants do not do well together.
Only 3 of us and we drink bottled water and only use the well water for showers, washing clothes and dishes and an occasional flower watering..I will try Culligans, but they will want to come out and charge for something I may be able to do myself. Thx, Larry S
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There is a setting for the amount of salt used per charge---also a clock with settings for days between charges.

Mine is set to recharge every three days--plenty for a family your size.

Look at the controls--re set them---pay Culligan if the controls are O.K.--

There is no reason to be going through that much salt--something is seriously amiss there.
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Isn't this too much? 200 lbs a week of salt softner? What can I do?
The amount of salt necessary for proper operation is a function of your water quality (hardness, iron, etc) with higher levels requiring more salt, amount of water used, and design choices like size of unit and frequency of regeneration. Without information on all these factors there is no way to know whether your useage is excessive.

That said it certainly sounds high and could be an improperly set up unit or a malfunctioning unit. If you want more help here provide your water analysis, your water usage, and specifications on the softener (cubic feet of resin) as well as the programming (set capacity and salt dose at minimum) but all programming would be better.
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As mentioned, something is seriously wrong. I live in an area with pretty hard water, and my Culligan unit hardly uses one bag a month.
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seems you need a professional


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