• Howard Gallagher

Does A Home Warranty Cover Water Softeners ?

In certain parts of the country mineral deposits in the ground affect the water supply. The water in your home may contain small amounts of calcium and magnesium. This can affect the health of your skin and hair . Not only that hard water can cause issues around your home. Hard water will cause a graying of white laundry and prevent proper cleaning of bathtubs and showers. Plumbing costs are higher with hard water than soft water . A water softener removes mineral deposits from the water that comes through your faucet. Like everything in your home these units can break down over time. With a great home warranty coverage you don’t have to worry about expensive repairs or replacements.

Water Softener Repair or Replacement with Home Warranty


Water Softener Coverage is available at Global Home Protection . This is an additional add-on that can be added to any of our 3 plans. If your water softener is struggling or needs service, call the Global Home Protection claims department 24/7 at 1-877-660–1621 or submit your claim online. GHP will send you to a licensed and bonded contractor who will diagnose your breakdown and either repair or replace your unit. You will be required to pay a small service call fee for the claim directly to the contractor. The contractor will diagnose your water softener problem and take the necessary steps to repair or replace your water softener unit.


Saving on Water Softener Repair with Home Warranty


A water softener can be installed utilizing the do-it-yourself (DIY) method. However the DIY method may lead to serious problems down the line. You want a licensed and bonded contractor to install and diagnose your water softener. Average cost for Installation ranges from $800 to $3000. You also want to get a unit that matches the needs of your property. To determine the capacity of the water softener you need for your family, multiply the number of people in your home by 80 , then multiply that result by 10 . For example if you have a home where 9 people are living together then you would need a capacity of 7200 grains or a water softener capacity of 64,000 grains. A water softener of that capacity is usually a higher end model which can be salt free.A water softener replacement can cost up to $3000. There is a lot of money saved when you purchase a home warranty.


Water Softener Maintenance


Water softeners need regular maintenance to stay functional. Salt bridges and salt mushing are two issues that can be prevented with proper maintenance. Salt bridges happen when a hard crust forms in the brine tank and creates an empty space between the water and the salt. This stops the water softener from working properly. This can be broken down with a broom handle. Every three to four months you should inspect the brine tank. Salt mushing is when dissolved salt recrystallizes and forms a sludge on the bottom of the brine tank. This thick layer of salt stops the water softener from cycling. Higher quality salts and preventative maintenance can extend the life span of your water softener. Lastly the venture valve should be cleaned 2x every year. The venturi valve moves brine from the brine tank into the resin tank during the regeneration cycle. Much like your water heater, it can get clogged with sediment and needs regular flushing.