If you have noticed that your home has hard water, then it maybe time to replace your water softener. The average residential water softener will last between 8 to 10 years, after which you will need to replace the unit. To determine which is the best water softener for your home, you not only want to consider what size of water softener you currently have, but also how well it performs. If your water supply has changed, you should also factor that into which water softener you purchase.
Many homeowners wonder if they can replace a water softener themselves or if they will need to hire a plumber to do the installation. In most cases, replacing a water softener is a fairly easy process and shouldn't take more than a couple of hours. However, if you are not comfortable doing the installation of the water softener yourself or don't have any basic plumbing experience, then you should hire a professional. Additionally, if you will be moving or relocating your water softener for any reason, then it is generally best to call a professional plumber. After you new water softener is installed, it can take a few cycles before the water softener is working optimally, so you should keep that in mind, before assuming that there is something wrong with the unit.