Below, we walk through the benefits and functionality of our Water Softening systems. Visit our available models at rheemwatertreatment.com
Your water softener has a few main components - the salt tank, fiberglass resin tank, and valve. Salt is stored in the outermost salt tank, and is only used during periodic recharge cycles. The filtration media (resin) is stored in the smaller fiberglass resin tank - it's job is removing hardness and iron from the water. The valve is located under the top cover - in charge of shifting water flow throughout the unit.
When you turn a softened faucet on in your home, the water comes from your supply (city/well) into the inlet port on the softener. From there, it travels down through the resin media - this is where the hardness minerals are captured. The newly softened water travels out through the outlet port and up to your faucet.
In a recharge cycle, the water softener creates a salty brine solution and rinses it through the resin media to wash out hard contaminants. The frequency of these cycles - along with the salt and water consumed - is calculated by an internal algorithm. Recharge cycles are on-demand and constantly shifting in frequency depending on your water usage patterns.
For more information, visit our Stages and Duration of a Recharge Cycle article.