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  • Bringing a Water softener back to life

    Hi all,
    Just acquired this softener from a closeout coffee shop that's probably never recharged or done any maintenance on their equipment. Looking inside I see scale, black bits, and general nastiness inside. Do I have to remove and replace the IX beads, or can they be soaked in some sort of cleaner and re-used? Can I just descale the tank and strainers and give it a quick polish, or is there anything else I need to do before throwing salt into it?
    Thanks very much
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  • #2
    Re: Bringing a Water softener back to life

    Some ion exchange resins can be regenerated, but it depends on what type it is (speaking in a general sense; not specifically this application). If its old, I'd be tempted to replace it anyway ( if you can).


    • #3
      OK, on quick search I'm finding a ton of different resins available, which is most appropriate for this softener? Do I have to select it based on a water quality test of where I'm putting the softener, or am I looking in a narrow band of resins to use in coffee machines.
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      Like some of the nuclear grade crap on this site for $400 a foot, OK obviously I won't need. But is there a particular type I should be selecting from?
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      • #4
        Re: Bringing a Water softener back to life

        In an industrial setting, an ion exchange vessel's design is highly dependent on the characteristics of the resin. In a domestic setting the requirements are different, so they are probably somewhat overdesigned in some respects.

        Best bet would be to try and contact the original vendor or manufacturer, and change like for like. Otherwise, contact a specialist vendor and ask if they can supply something suitable.

        Key parameters are likely to be diameter, bed depth, flowrate and application (I.e. what are you removing, and how concentrated it is); although this might be overcomplicating it for domestic use.

        For reference my experience with ion exchange resin is primarily industrial and theoretical - I don't work with it, or sell it.