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What hardness level should I set my water softener? The city’s water hardness is 31.?

I have the option to set the unit up to a hardness level of 45. Does the higher number indicate a higher degree of water hardness? Should I set my softener to a setting BELOW 31 or ABOVE 31?

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  1. Comment by Nick
    August 19, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    Try the different settings and set it to whatever you like best. Start at the recommended setting and go from there.

    Softeners work by displacing the calcium with sodium. To me, water that is softened too much tastes salty and feels soapy, and when it is not softened enough you can’t work up a lather with soap.

  2. Comment by Geoffrey C
    August 19, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    I’ve worked on softeners for 11 years. You are not telling the softener what you want the end result to be, the water will be soft or not. The only thing you are doing is telling it what the water hardness is of the water it is dealing with. You really want 100% soft water. It has many advantages for everything that uses water in your home. It is in the top three important appliances in your home. The only thing that will happen if you don’t set it correctly is get some hard water, but only between cycles, not during the process. Call the local Municipal water source or get your water checked for the level of hardness. If it is a single tank watch the laundry it uses up to 44 gal for top load old style.

  3. Comment by Vic J
    August 19, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    Set it at 31 or just slightly above. That way the softener knows when to regenerate.
    The higher the hardness setting, the more often it regenerates, and uses salt.
    Don’t want it wasting salt.

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