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HOW TO REPLACE SOFTENING RESIN IN A WATER SOFTENER
Replacing resin In a water softener The basic components of a water softener tank
To replace resin in most water softeners
Turn off water Disconnect plumbing Unscrew control head Lay softener tank on side, or over trash can Insert garden hose Allow water to rinse the old resin out. Discard old resin Save old gravel Stand tank upright Place tape over the opening in the product tube Refill gravel so it covers screen completely Pour in new resin until tank is a little over 1/2 full. (see calculator) Remove tape on product tube Re-attach control head Re-connect plumbing Turn on water Put system in manual regeneration Test product waster for softness
Do you need gravel in your water softener?
The rule of thumb is that if the softener tank is less than 12 inches, you do not need gravel. If it is bigger you will need gravel.