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Old 10-14-2010, 09:13 AM   #1
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Does the resin in a water softener ever good bad or wear out? If it's cleaned regularly will it last forever? My softener is 17.5 years old so I am think it is over due for replacement but wanted to get some opinions about the resin bed.
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Old 10-14-2010, 11:34 AM   #2
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Yes it does wear out. The beads eventually get mushy and don't exchange properly.
I used to work for Rainsoft and I think I may some new resin I'd make you a deal on if you're interested.
I'd have to look to be sure though.

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How long does it take to get mushy? I'd be curious to see what's more cost effective? Taking unit apart "properly" getting resin in vs. buying a new one...?
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If memory serves me correctly, the higher the chlorine content, the faster the beads break down. I would expect the resin to last well past ten years in most instances.
But you raise a good point. It may make more sense to get another softener if it's nearly 20 years old.
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Old 10-19-2010, 03:51 PM   #5
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I replaced the resin in my softener due to a rust bacteria clogging up the system, it was very reasonable and pretty easy to do. I want to say I spent maybe $100? I have fleck valves in mine, so rebuilding is cake. We have a local company that assembles and services water softeners, they sold me the media and gave me some pointers.

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Old 10-20-2010, 02:56 PM   #6
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Well, I took a water sample to Sears for a test after cleaning the resin and regenerating the softener a couple of times. The water was absolutely soft! I think I should have programmed it to recharge more frequently as it got older. Seems to be working just fine now but I am still going to look into replacing it due to age. I've had it since January 1993 and it doesn't owe me anything.

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