What are the Ongoing Costs Associated with Owning a Water Softener?

What are the Ongoing Costs Associated with Owning a Water Softener?
Written by Nancy

If you are planning to buy a water softener for your home, it’s well advised to know the expenses that come with it in advance. This article will review the different expenses that you can expect to incur during your water softener’s lifecycle.

No doubt water softener has many benefits to offer, but like every other piece of equipment out there, it has certain ongoing expenses associated with it, that need to be kept under consideration too.

These expenses are not much, and when you factor in the cost savings that come with owning a water softener, they eventually tend to balance out. But still, since they need accounting for in your household budget, you do need to know about them in detail.

After your initial purchase, the three main expenses that you can expect to incur to keep your water softener operational and well maintained are:

  • Electricity expenses
  • Salt purchases
  • Servicing expenses

Let’s look into the details of each.

Electricity expenses

Water softeners primarily require electricity to operate timers and drive motors. However, the amount of electricity used by these parts is very small— almost negligible. A typical water softener would roughly consume 70-80 kWh of energy per year. That’s approximately a $10 increase in your annual electricity bill.

Salt Purchases

Salt is an essential component of a water softening system. It is what purifies the hard water coming from your mains.

During the process of water softening, salt gets used up. So, it needs to be eventually replaced to keep the unit functional.

How much salt you’ll need to add each month to your brine tank?That depends on two factors:

  • The level of hardness found in your water
  • The amount of water your household consumes

A water softener system installed to serve a family of four in an area, where water hardness is roughly 7-10 grains per gallon, will use approximately 10 pounds of salt each week. That’s one 40-lb bag of salt each month.

A 40-lb bag of salt costs between $5 and $25 depending on the typeand brand of salt you are buying and where you are purchasing it from.

Servicing Expenses

Lastly, comes the servicing expenses.

Servicing is essential to the maintenance of water softener systems. It also ensures your water softener system keeps working at maximum efficiency.

Experts recommend that you should get your water softener serviced by a professional at least once every 1-2 years. During a service call, you can expect a water treatment specialist to:

  • Clean and sanitize your brine tank
  • Conduct a water hardness test to ensure your unit is functioning properly
  • Adjust flow valves, if needed, to accommodate any increase in water consumption
  • Clean the resins

Every water softener service company will charge you differently, so you need to look up how much a company in your area is charging you for a routine service.  You can then account for the expenses accordingly.

And that’s pretty much all there is to know when it comes to calculating ongoing costs associated with owning a water softener system. We hope you found this article useful.

About Affordable Water Treatment

Affordable Water Treatment is a full-service water treatment systems’ supply and repair company in Racine County. Along with sales and repair of water treatment systems, the company also provides water testing services in the area. For more details call 262-661-9201.

About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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