low water pressure after insall

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, problems, installation and r' started by jimy, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. jimy

    jimy New Member

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    had a new softner installed today is it normal to have a lower pressure at all the taps? maybe its a first day thing?
  2. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    How low are we talking about?
  3. jimy

    jimy New Member

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    1030am today
  4. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    If there is a bypass handle on the softener , change it from service to bypass and check the pressure.

    If it is better in bypass that in service, then the system has a problem.
  5. jimy

    jimy New Member

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    the installer forgot to open the main valve all the way open. now im about 90% what i had before. is that normal?
  6. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    Check the screens in any facit for sand like items that might have stopped at the screen.

    Is the low flow at just one point or at many around the house?

    There will be some pressure drop when any thing is put in the water stream..
  7. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    But with a correctly sized softener you should not notice any pressure loss.
  8. Towman

    Towman Many Hats, few paychecks

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    Gary
    My whes-40 manual states a 10 psi drop across input to output. Is this just a max or is this normal? Just curious as to your thoughts.
    Towman
  9. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    That is at a certain gpm flow rate. It is the max gpm at that psi loss. Or you could say you will suffer an X psi loss if you use that much gpm. And usually i wouldn't want to run it at that gpm for more than a few minutes or you will start getting hard water through the softener.
  10. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    The specs. for your unit actually list a 12 psig Pressure Drop at Rated Service Flow
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