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WATER SOFTENER START-UP
1E. FILL THE STORAGE TANK WITH SALT
Brine (salt dissolved in water) is needed for each and
every regeneration. The water for making brine is
metered into the salt storage tank by the softener.
However, you must keep the tank filled with salt.
Fill the tank with NUGGET or PELLET water
softener salt. DO NOT use rock salts, as they have
dirt and sediments that will stop the softener from
Before filling, be sure the brinewell cover is in place
on the top of the brinewell. Salt storage capacity is
shown on page 20. Be sure to set the salt monitor
system (see page 10).
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, alternate to salt: The
design of this softener allows for the use of potas-
sium chloride in place of salt (sodium chloride).
Potassium chloride does not add sodium to the
water, and is more ecologically friendly. Disadvan-
tages include higher cost, irregular dissolving fac-
tors, and the need for longer softener regeneration
times. If youdo use potassiumchloride, seepage 7to
set the timer for its use.
The salt monitor system, page 10, is calibrated to the
density of nugget or pellet water softener salt. The
monitor will not work as accurately with other types
of salt including potassium chloride, rock and solar.
In humid areas, it is best to fill the storage tank
half-full, and to refill it more often. Salt bridging (see
page 16) occurs more often when conditions are
WATER SOFTENING SALT WITH IRON REMOV-
ING ADDITIVES — Some salts have an additive to
help the softener handle iron in the water supply.
Although this additivemay help to keep the softener
resin clean, it may also release corrosive fumes that
will weaken and shorten the life of some softener
FIG. 3 ADD SALT
Sodium information: Water softeners using sodium
chloride for regeneration add sodium to the water.
Persons who are on sodium restricted diets should
consider the added sodium as part of their overall
For example, if your water supply is 15 grains hard,
you would have to drink 3 quarts of softened water
to consume 335 milligrams of sodium. That is
equivalent to eating 2-1/2 slices of white bread.
Persons who are concerned about their drinking
water should consider a Kenmore Drinking Water
System that willremove or reduce in excess of 90% of
the sodium and other drinking water contaminants.
The design of thissoftener also allows the use of potassium
chloride as an alternate to salt (see above, left). Potassium
chloride does not add sodium to the water.
You have now finished the water softener start up. After the sanitizing recharge, on
page 8, the softener will be giving you soft water.