Is my water softener sized correctly?
Hello everyone from England!
I wonder if you could please help me determine if our new softener is sized correctly. Our old softener (5600 economiser) gave up and the company that we've used for years replaced it with a new unit a few weeks ago. Since being replaced I've kept an eye on it and because it is digital (5600SXT) I can see what's going on with it and monitor it more readily.
- Family of 3-4 (2 adults, 1 yr old, 1 extra baby planned!)
- Four bedroom detached house
- One washing machine
- 1 jacuzzi bath, 2 showers (power shower type), 3 toilets
Our unit seems to provide about 2050 litres (541 gallons) after a regen without taking any reserve into account. Our water hardness reported by the water company is 21 degrees clarke. Based on taste/appearance, I don't believe we have an iron or chlorine problem but I found this information from our local water company:
HYDROGEN ION (pH) pH value Min=7.450, Mean=7.712, Max=7.970
IRON ugFe/l Min=CHLORIDE mgCl/l Min=56.000 : Mean=70.750 : Max=77.000
Not sure if any of these are an issue.
Basically it varies a bit higher or lower, but we seem to use around 600 litres (158 gallons) a day, but I would expect this to go up if we have another kid. The softener was originally set for 24 on the hardness so I changed this to 21 - this gave us a bit more capacity, not sure if it needs a bit more for the iron/chloride. It is set for 480 reserve, which isn't enough either. So based on our usage of 600 litres a day the 2050 litre (541 gallons) range is only normally enough for 3-4 days which as I gather from reading this site, unless I'm wrong, isn't optimal and the ideal being weekly or every seven days? If I set a more realistic reserve it would be more like 3 days. It is this that leads me to believe the unit isn't sized correctly, although I could be wrong.
I just measured the unit and I believe it is 0.043m3 or 1.5cu ft.
The settings on the machine are as follows:
C 43.0 x 1000
Unless there is something wrong with my settings I was going to speak to the installer and ask him to upgrade the unit to the right size - but the question is what would I actually need? Would this a big deal for him to change? I don't mind paying extra for the right size, but I have no idea how much extra it should cost.