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The Lifespan of a Water Softener

Water softeners are useful for homes suffering from hard water. However, what do water softeners really do and how long do they last?

What A Water Softener Do?

A water softener helps eliminate minerals in your home’s plumbing & appliances, skin, and clothes. It is called a water softener because it takes hard water and softens it. It accomplishes this task by running water through a resin which allows for an ion exchange process that exchanges hardness minerals for other minerals that don’t scale.   

How Long Does a Water Softener Last?

Water Softeners do not have a guaranteed lifespan, but typically a water softener can be expected to last for 10 to 20 years. Water softeners sold in box stores often last even less in the 3-5 year range. The lifespan of your water softener depends on how hard your water is, whether your system has been serviced properly throughout the years, and the quality of your water softener.

How to Maintain your Water Softener.

There are simple tips you can follow to get the most out of your water softener.

1 – Make sure you annually service your water softener by replacing the filters in your system and flushing the resin bed.

2 – Refill your salt when your salt tank is about 1/3 full.

3 – Then make sure your water softener is only working as hard as it needs to be by making sure it is set at the proper settings.


If you have hard water, a water softener is a wise, long-term investment for better water. If you would like to discover whether you would benefit from a water softener or to find out if your systems is working properly, visit us at Martin Water. We would love to serve you!