The sounds of rushing water and the low humming noise of the motor are normal and suggest that the water softener is in REGEN.
However, if you hear:
It might indicate:
You can fix it by repairing or replacing broken parts or doing a salt refill.
Continue reading for a detailed guide on why your water softener is making noise and what you can do to fix it.
🤔Why Is My Water Softener Making Weird Noises?
Here are some of the common weird noises water softeners make, along with the possible root cause behind the sound:
💦Why Does My Water Softener Sound Like Water Running?
During REGEN, your water softener may have normal sounds like gushing water, and it’s completely normal.
But if the flowing water sounds never stop, your water softener may be stuck at the REGEN cycle and can have issues like:
🔨Why Is My Water Softener Hammering?
Is your water softener hammering or making a banging noise? The possible causes could be related to mechanical issues:
You can fix this sound by:
🐍Why Does My Water Softener Make Hissing Noise?
A hissing noise may indicate a leak or passage of air from the trapped air pockets. The following could be the root cause:
Sometimes, you may misunderstand the humming noise during regular REGEN with hissing. Make sure the hissing sound is correct.
You can get rid of it by:
🔊Why Is My Water Softener Making Grinding Noise?
When a water softener starts making a grinding noise, it is a sign that you have an old and failing drive motor or a valve and gear break.
To fix it, follow the steps:
👉How To Fix Water Softener Noise?
Water softener causes some strange noises, like water flushing or humming during regular operations. Thus, it’s unwise to diagnose it based only on the noise.
But if you notice some weird, scary, and unusual sounds lately, it’s time to schedule a checkup. Here’s how you can fix the noisy water softener issue:
💡Water Softener Making Noise: FAQs
Why does my water softener make noise after unplugging?
If your water softener makes funny noises every time after unplugging, it might have a leaky water feed or regeneration pipe or broken seals.
You can stop this noise by:
1. Manually checking which part is causing the noise.
2. Replace it by following the manual or getting help from a professional plumber.
Why is my water softener making noise at night?
Your water softener making noise (may sound like running water) at night means its REGEN cycle is set to nighttime.
If it sounds scary and interrupts your sleep, you can reset the regeneration schedule for the daytime.
Ensure you don’t set it for regeneration during your regular water usage time.
Why is my water softener making high-pitched noises?
If your water softener makes high-pitched, odd noises like hissing, grinding, banging, or trickling, it’s time for quick maintenance.
The hissing sound can result from a damaged pipe or hose or a faulty valve, mineral buildup, or any damage to different parts of the tank.
It can cause a banging or grinding noise, and if you hear a trickling sound, it can be due to water leakage.
Troubleshoot where the excessive noise comes from using the above steps, or get expert help.
What are the signs that your water softener is going bad?
Some common signs that your water softener is going bad include:
1. A constant noise from the water softener
2. Damaging minerals buildup on water appliances
3. Discolored water
4. High salt consumption for a regeneration cycle
However, you can easily fix these issues by:
1. Regular inspection
2. Keeping a salt reserve and filling it when necessary.
3. Resetting the hardness
4. Cleaning the brine or salt tank for any mineral buildups or residues
Why is my water softener rushing through the water?
Tank, disrupting the proper regeneration cycle. It results in a constant flow of water for the regeneration process.
To prevent this issue, do the following:
1. Schedule a regular basic maintenance
2. Break salt bridges
3. Use good-quality salt, which can prevent unnecessary residues from building up, as these contain little to no impurities.
Adarsh is a Health & Nutrition Sciences graduate with expertise in environmental health. He is associated with ventures like Glacier Fresh Filter and Simpure Filter Systems. Through Aqua Professor, he intends to provide helpful information to every home to help them make smarter decisions.