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How do you install a typical water softener?

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Installing a water softener usually involves cutting into the water supply line, cutting and installing the pipes, connecting the water softener and testing the newly installed device. The water softener should ideally be installed in the same location as the old softener or in the basement, garage or utility room.

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The following shows one method of installing a water softener:

  1. Position the device
  2. Clean and sweep the area where the device will be installed. Take careful note of the orientation of the water system where the inlet should be attached to the water supply and the outlet connects to the water heater.

  3. Shut off the water supply
  4. Turn off the water supply from the main supply line. Drain the water that is still in the pipes by opening the faucets on the lower floors of the house. Depending on the type of water heater, turn it off at the circuit breaker or gas valve.

  5. Connect the device to the water supply line
  6. Cut into the water supply line with a pipe cutter and then attach the fittings needed to attach it to the water inlet.

  7. Install the pipes
  8. Connect the pipes that go to the bypass valve. Solder the fittings before attaching them to the plastic bypass valve.

  9. Attach the drain hose
  10. Clamp the drain hose to the softener and run it to a drain.

  11. Connect other parts
  12. Depending on the model, attach additional assembly according to manufacturer instructions.

  13. Test the system
  14. Test the system by setting valves into bypass and backwash positions. This will also flush out sediments and expel air in the pipes. Turn on the water supply and heater to see if the system is working properly.

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