The Rinse cycle water comes directly off of the newly recharged resin, allowing you to test the water before it moved through the plumbing.
- Confirm the salt level is above level 2
- Confirm the water level is not visible above the salt
- Schedule a time to do a recharge when you won't be using water in the home, and can monitor the machine.
It is important to recharge the softener before testing, to confirm the filtration media (resin) is completely recharged and thoroughly rinsed.
1. Start a recharge by holding the Recharge button until the motor starts, then let go. This cycle will last for 2-2 1/2 hours. You should see a visible salt drop after the recharge is over.
1. Confirm that you are able to see the end of your main drain hose. This hose comes off the top right side of your softener, and is usually routed to a standpipe, laundry tub, or floor drain. If you cannot see the end of the hose (if it is pushed into a drain pipe), we recommend fixing the installation before proceeding. See our Drain Hose Requirements article for information.
2. Start another recharge by holding the Recharge button until the motor starts, then let go. This will initiate a Fill cycle. There should not be any water coming from the drain.
***If there is a heavy water flow coming out the drain here, press the Recharge button once. Wait for the motor to stop, then press the Recharge button once more. You should now be in the Fill cycle with no draining.
3. Press the Recharge button once. This will move the valve into the Brine cycle. A small flow of water will leave the drain.
4. Press the Recharge button once. This will move the valve into the Backwash cycle. A large flow of water will leave the drain.
5. Press the Recharge button once. This will move the valve into the Rinse cycle. Collect a sample of the water coming through the main drain hose.
6. Use the instructions on the test strip or kit to test this sample, and record the number. Anything between 0-3 gpg or 0-50 ppm is considered soft water.