Ionics IQ-0820 Softener -- Replace Resin without Hygene?
I have a 5-year old Ionics IQ-0820B Water Softener -- and have some questions about the resin and this Hygene stuff that is in my tank. The maintenance on this thing is killing me. The last service call was over $300 -- and all (maybe "all" isn't a good word) they did was do some sort of back-flush and added 2 lbs of the Hygene stuff.
So what is this Bacteriostatic Hygene stuff. Do I really need it. Other highly rated water sofeners don't have anything like it as far as I can tell. I am being cynical here, but as near as I can tell, it is just some sort of sales gimmic and I am feeling that I am paying for something that I don't really need.
I understand that I can probably get the S-759 resin or equivalent on the internet, but cannot get the Hygene stuff (must be licensed or something to handle it). Anyway, my question is, can I just empty out the whole tank and replace it with resin. Is there any reason that I couldn't/shouldn't do that.
I have few other questions in general about water softening/softeners (in particular how they interface with RO systems), but want to get the resin question out of the way first. Hope you can help me out.
Ron in Round Rock