Refilling with salt, Breaking a salt bridge, Refilling with salt breaking a salt bridge – Whirlpool WHES40 User Manual

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Routine Maintenance

Refilling With Salt

Lift the salt hole cover and check the salt storage level frequently. If the conditioner uses all the salt

before you refill it, you will get hard water. Until you have established a refilling routine, check the

salt every two or three weeks. Always refill if less than 1/3 full. Be sure the brinewell cover is on.


In humid areas, it is best to keep the salt storage level lower, and to refill more often.

Recommended Salt: Nugget, pellet or coarse solar salts with less than 1% impurities.

Salt Not Recommended: Rock salt, high in impurities, block, granulated, table, ice melting, ice cream

making salts, etc., are not recommended.

Breaking A Salt Bridge


If you sec more than a few inches of water in the bottom of the tank, see “Cleaning

the Nozzle and Venturi” section.

Sometimes, a hard crust or salt bridge forms in the brine tank. It is usually caused by high humidity

or the wrong kind of salt. When the salt bridges, an empty space forms between the water and the salt.

Then, salt will not dissolve in the water to make brine. Without brine, the resin bed does not regenerate

and you will have hard water.

If the storage tank is full of salt, it is hard to tell if you have a salt bridge. Salt is loose on top, but the

bridge is under it. Take a broom handle, or like tool, hold it next to the water softener, measure the

distance from the floor to the rim of the water softener. Then push the broom handle straight down into

the salt. If a hard object is felt, it’s most likely a salt bridge. Carefully push into the bridge in several

places to break it. Do not use any sharp or pointed objects as you may puncture the brine tank.


Salt Bridge

Water Level

Figure 11