(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: newly added water softener (Kinetico) causing other problems?????

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    DIY Junior Member kegnison's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Ham Lake, MN
    Posts
    7

    Default newly added water softener (Kinetico) causing other problems?????

    First of all, Greetings! First time post here. From what I have read recently, this is the place for answers and advice.

    My wife and I recently built a new home that has a well/septic system. Our original well water was hard and had iron in it. Long story short, had the Kinetico guy out and found out how expensive they are so I started looking around. Found a deal on Craigslist of a local plumber who uninstalled one to put in a larger system (bigger family). The Kinetico is the exact one the sales rep was trying to sell me. It is used but in great shape and the installer did a good job. He had put in a pre-filter for sand/sediment before that hits the Kinetico 2030s system. We have lived in our new house for 1 week before this was put in. So, I'm not entirely sure if my issues are due to the new soft water or what?

    my current issues:
    1) before the system was installed, we had the hot water almost all the way up in our shower. Continued like this for 2-3 days after it was in but now we have to have it almost all the way on the cold setting.

    2) my wife thinks this was happening before the system as well, maybe it was and I just didn't notice it but our 2 upstairs shower heads seem to drip alot. Again, not sure if this was going on before or not.

    3) our new Samsung front load washer will not stop streaming water. It doesn't pour out when the hot water is on, but comes out like a faucet when the cold line is open. I assume this could just be the cold water inlet valve being stuck open. Not sure if this is attributed to the water softener install or not but sort of coincidental. We had the Sears guys out to look at this and they blamed it on the soap being used.


    could all of these problems be tied to my water softener being installed? maybe some sediment got through and has things stuck open or whatever? maybe not properly getting air out of lines after the install?

    sorry for so many questions.

    Thanks in advance!

  2. #2
    DIY Junior Member kegnison's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Ham Lake, MN
    Posts
    7

    Default

    ok....reply to my first issue. This morning I took a shower and I had to have the hot water setting all the way up again. What would be causing the temperature differences?

  3. #3
    That's all folks! Gary Slusser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Wherever I park the motorhome.
    Posts
    6,790

    Default

    It seems you have a water heater problem. Sediment can't get through a softener and air can't be trapped and there are no valves on the heater to cause this.

    So what type of water heater do you have, is it a 'tankless' maybe? If an electric tank type, you may have a thermostat problem. And while it continues to heat the water, pressure builds and faucets leak because you don't have an expansion tank.
    Gary Slusser Retired (= out of business)
    Click Here to learn how to correctly size or program a water softener.
    CAUTION, as of Nov 12 2013 all YouTube videos showing how to rebuild a Clack valve have an error in them that can cause damage.

  4. #4
    DIY Junior Member kegnison's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Ham Lake, MN
    Posts
    7

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Slusser View Post
    It seems you have a water heater problem. Sediment can't get through a softener and air can't be trapped and there are no valves on the heater to cause this.

    So what type of water heater do you have, is it a 'tankless' maybe? If an electric tank type, you may have a thermostat problem. And while it continues to heat the water, pressure builds and faucets leak because you don't have an expansion tank.

    It is a brand new gas 50 gallon water heater. (new construction house)

  5. #5
    That's all folks! Gary Slusser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Wherever I park the motorhome.
    Posts
    6,790

    Default

    New or old... I think there is a problem with it.
    Gary Slusser Retired (= out of business)
    Click Here to learn how to correctly size or program a water softener.
    CAUTION, as of Nov 12 2013 all YouTube videos showing how to rebuild a Clack valve have an error in them that can cause damage.

  6. #6
    DIY Junior Member kegnison's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Ham Lake, MN
    Posts
    7

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Slusser View Post
    New or old... I think there is a problem with it.
    pardon my ignorance on the topic but I have never had a seperate expansion tank before. Would this be something my builder should have put in?

Similar Threads

  1. kinetico water softener
    By edward.arnold in forum Water Softener Forum, problems, installation and reviews
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-25-2009, 06:28 PM
  2. Water Softener Causing Water Hammer
    By kauffee in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 09-19-2009, 07:20 AM
  3. kinetico water softener problem
    By firedudedon in forum Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 03-31-2009, 05:53 PM
  4. kinetico water softener problem
    By firedudedon in forum Water Softener Forum, problems, installation and reviews
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 03-31-2009, 01:10 PM
  5. Remove Kinetico Water Softener System
    By AjayK in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 01-18-2009, 05:47 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •