Magnetic Softener Installation
In an effort to keep our prices low, our Magnetic Softener Installation instructions are on-line only. But, the instructions can either be printed or simply read and reviewed before placement.
Please call us at 509-309-2125 if you have any questions about how to treat your individual situation.
These units have very strong magnets. If you have a pacemaker or similar device, DO NOT HANDLE THE PACKAGE OR THE SOFTENERS! Have someone else install the units for you. After installing the units, don’t get within 3′ of them – be safe.
We strongly suggest wearing gloves when placing these devices! Also, due to the strength of the magnets, keep metal objects at least 2 feet away from the magnets. Because magnets and metal objects may jump a surprising distance!
Do not let the magnets come together! The total pulling force is 140 pounds or more depending on the unit. It is very hard to separate them. So… pay close attention when handling these.
Installing one of our softeners is very easy and does not require tools. So, place two of the units 6 to 12 inches apart (if you have room) on the cold water line. This needs to be where the cold water line enters the home but before the 1st tee. Because these will treat the entire house.
Below (or to the right) are pictures showing the steps.
Remove wing nuts from the magnetic unit back. All our magnetic assemblies ship with double nuts on the back half. So, remove the wingnuts.
Pull the back half off and set it at least 8 inches away from the front half. Be careful, because these can jump several inches!
Place Halves Over The Pipe
Place front half over the pipe. Note: If your pipe is less than 3/4″ in diameter you may need to remove the extra set of nuts.
Then put the back half on, if your pipe is over 3/4″ in diameter the 2nd set of nuts will keep the units apart and let you slowly lower the back down to the pipe. Take your time because these can pinch.
Put Wingnuts Back On
Once the back unit is touching the pipe, use the wing nuts to lock the plates in position. Only finger tighten. Make sure the pipe is centered between the magnets as shown here.
Galvanized Pipe Note
If you have galvanized pipe, you need to replace a 2-3 foot section of it. Use copper or PVC pipe in that section to mount the devices on. Galvanized pipe will cause the magnetic field to spread along the pipe. So we can’t recommend installing our units on it.
Hot Water Tank Booster
Install one softener on the output line of the hot water tank. If both pipes on the top of the tank feel the same temperature, run the hot water at any sink for a minute.
Now the output line should be very warm. This will regenerate the magnetic conditioning force that has been reduced due to heat and time in the tank. Each tank (if you have more than 1 hot water tank) needs a unit.
Mini Magnetic Softener Installation
Place these on the water pipe or tubing, using the same method as shown above. So, here are 4 of the common uses for the Mini softeners.
- Under the sink on the line to your dishwasher
- On the water line to a spare bath toilet
- On the ice maker line on the fridge
- As a booster for the shower
Because the calcium/lime is dissolving, large calcium chips could plug up small equipment. Also, it could restrict flow until the buildup is completely dissolved. So clean equipment as appropriate. The Mini Magnetic Softeners can be found on our Single Magnetic Softeners page, or save when buying in combination sets.
Hot Water Tank Cleaning (optional)
We recommend that you drain 2 to 3 gallons of water from your tank every 4 weeks until the water runs clear. And this may take several months depending on how much scale buildup is in your tank. After the water runs clear, repeat once every 6 months to 1 year.
This is a picture of the bottom of a typical hot water tank. Attach a garden hose to the hose bib (garden hose connector) to drain some water. Click this link to see a YouTube video on how to drain sediment from a hot water tank.
Faucets and Showerheads
A week or more after placing our softeners, the limescale will soften and begin to come out the faucets. You may have tiny pieces begin to gather in the faucet aerators. Simply remove the aerator and flush backward with water.
Showerheads should slowly begin to have increased flow if they had calcium buildup. To the right is a picture showing aerator removal.
Click this link to see a Youtube video on how to clean a faucet aerator.