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Re-charge water softeners that are placed in a reservoir type of espresso machine and attached to the water intake hose (usually the longest hose in the reservoir).
These instructions are provided for re-charging a water softener for a reservoir type espresso machine. It is not for a direct plumbed in water softener attached to a water line.
Requirements before you start
cold fresh water, table salt, tall glass, sink with running cold tap water, home model water softener.
WARNING: REMOVE WATER SOFTENER WHENEVER A CLEANER/DESCALER PRODUCT IS PLACED IN WATER RESERVOIR. A WATER SOFTENER NEEDS TO BE CHARGED BEFORE FIRST USE. ALWAYS MAKE SURE THE WATER SOFTENER IS NOT DAMAGED. IF THE BEAD RESINS ARE FALLING OUT, THIS CAN DAMAGE YOUR MACHINE.
The purpose of using a water softener is to prevent limescale build-up inside your espresso machine. Limescale is the number one destroyer of home model espresso machines. We recommend you recharge your water softener MINIMUM once a month (better too perform once per week) and replace the water softener once a year for maximum effectiveness.
Do not use cleaning or decalcification solutions through your water softener. These chemical agents can destroy the effectiveness of your water softener. However, these decalcification agents can be used to supplement the effectiveness of your water softener when utilized without the water softener in place at time of cleaning or decalcification.
- Fill a tall glass half-way with room temperature tap water.
- Place 2-3 level teaspoons of table salt in glass with water.
- Stir until the salt dissolves.
- Place water softener in tall glass with large open side facing down.
- Let the water softener sit for 20 minutes minimum – this makes the resins very slippery and releases all calcium and magnesium.
- Remove water softener from glass of salt water.
- Rinse water softener in sink with cold running water flowing through large side of water softener for about 3-5 minutes to remove salt water taste. This rinsing will allow the removal of calcium and magnesium from the softener.
- Check water softener for leaking resin beads. Discard entire water softener if leaking resins or screens are damaged.
- Connect to water intake hose in reservoir of espresso machine. Make sure water softener is submerged under water and does not float. A floating water softener will not allow water to enter espresso machine and may cause damage.
- If water softener floats, fill water softener with water from water reservoir prior to connecting to hose.
- Power up espresso machine and immediately hit the coffee switch to dispense water through grouphead. While running, squeeze/pinch intake water hose between 2 of your fingers for 5 seconds and listen for a pump noise change. If it changes the pump noise, the flow through the water softener is good.
- If it does not change the pump noise, power down machine immediately as no water flow can damage the machine. If there is no water flow, use this same test in #11 without the water softener. If the squeeze test changes the pump noise, then the water softener needs replacement/recharging. If the squeeze test still does not change the pump noise, then you either have an air pocket in the pump or the pump is bad.
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