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8 liter Water Softener

Your espresso machine won’t brew on one side so you call for service.  Your technician tells you that the gigleur is clogged and it can’t be serviced onsite, the machine has to be removed and taken to the shop.  Turns out minerals have been building up and now the repair is going to cost several hundred dollars to get the minerals stripped out of the espresso machine.  What happened?

Your machine has lots of plumbing, a big tank and really small orifices that the water has to go through.   It doesn’t take much for these parts to get clogged due to minerals in the water.  Why would you want to spend hundreds of dollars a year for repairs plus lose hundreds of dollars of income when your machine breaks due to mineral build up.  Mineral build up in your machine can be eliminated by installing one piece of equipment – a water softener.  We’re not talking about a whole building system, just one that works specifically for your espresso machine.

An espresso machine water softener gets installed between the incoming water supply and the espresso machine or espresso machine pump.  It’s a pretty easy installation by you or a technician and after the initial purchase will cost about $14 a year to maintain.  This is cheap insurance against service calls because of mineral build up but just like a car, you must follow monthly maintenance instructions in order to reap the benefits.

The water softener works by letting the hard water sit in what looks like tiny little orange fish eggs but are actually resin beads.  The resin beads have soft sodium / potassium ions attached to them. When the water comes in contact with the resin beads an ion exchange happens where the sodium / potassium ions that are attached to the resin beads trade places with the hard mineral ions in the water. The resin beads hold on to all of the hard mineral ions throughout the month then when you regenerate the softener with ice cream making rock salt, the salt helps the resin beads release the hard mineral ions and replace the sodium / potassium ions. Then the resin beads are ready to soften more water.

A water softener will set you back about $150 – $250 initially but the costs in the future are less than $20 a year and about 1-1/2 hours a month to maintain.

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