Capacity of a Water Softener

How many gallons a softener will approximately make depends on the hardness of the water source and your water usage. To figure out the approximate capacity of your unit, take the grains of the unit (Standard 8,000/Double 16,000) and divide that by the gains per gallon (GPG) of the water source.

  • Standard Softener 8,000 / 11 GPG = 727 gallons 8,000 / 58 GPG = 137 gallons
  • Double Standard Softener 16,000 / 11 GPG = 1,454 gallons  16,000 / 58 GPG= 275 gallons

If you go too long before performing the regeneration process, a few things may happen: your unit may not last very long, or, after the regeneration process, the strips will not test between 0-2 GPG at the output of the softener. This can easily be corrected by performing a special regeneration process. 

Special Regeneration Process:
Standard Softener

Step 1: Turn off the water supply. 

Step 2: Disconnect outlet hose from the outlet side of the softener. 

Step 3:  You can drain water by tilting unit over or turning it upside down with the head/cap ON. Once draining has been completed, flip the unit back upright and tap the black base against the ground a few times to get the resin to fall back down into the bottom of the tank.  

Step 4: Remove top cap. 

Step 5: Add 2 26oz boxes of table salt (mix salt with warm water and pour the solution into the softener if the water has been drained out)

Step 5: Put the top cap back on and slow rinse the unit for 25-30 minutes

Step 6: Fast rinse for 5 minutes

Step 7: Check the hardness at the output of the softener

Step 8: The test strips should read around 0-3 GPG, and your unit is ready for use! 

Special Regeneration Process:
Double Standard Softener

Step 1: Turn off the water supply. 

Step 2: Disconnect outlet hose from the outlet side of the softener. 

Step 3: You can drain water by tilting unit over or turning it upside down with the head/cap ON. Once draining has been completed, flip the unit back upright and tap the black base against the ground a few times to get the resin to fall back down into the bottom of the tank.  

Step 4: Add 4 26oz boxes of table salt (mix salt with warm water and pour the solution into the softener if the water has been drained out)

Step 5: Put the top cap back on and slow rinse the unit for 55-60 minutes

Step 6: Fast rinse for 5 minutes

Step 7: Check the hardness at the output of the softener

Step 8: The test strips should read around 0-3 GPG, and your unit is ready for use! 

Draining Instructions

You can follow either of the two processes below if draining water from the unit is required.  DO NOT REMOVE TOP CAP, HEAD, OR RESIN.

  • Use air source applied to inlet and allow water to drain from outlet
  • Turn unit upside down WITH THE HEAD AND CAP ON, and allow water to drain from inlet/outlet

DO NOT DUMP THE RESIN OUT OF 
THE TANK!