How often should my water softener regenerate?
In general, water softeners should regenerate every two to three days, especially if you live in an area where the water is very hard. Water softeners for well water, where water is often even harder, might need even less time before regenerating. Some might regenerate every day and others can regenerate once a week. It all depends on the type of control valve your water softener has.
One valve type has a clock and this works on a timed schedule. For example, if you set it to regenerate once a week on a Tuesday morning, it will flush the resin at that time. Alternatively, a ‘metered’ valve works off of water usage and regeneration only takes place once the pre-set limit is reached and the meter is triggered. The last valve type is ‘true demand’, and this operates based on how much water is used and as a result, needed. This option is one of the best ways to save on salt and wastewater.
You can also trigger a regeneration cycle manually but with a system that is fully functioning, you shouldn’t have to.