A Quick Look – How Does The Kinetico Work?

Kinetico water softeners operate on a unique, non-electric, twin-tank system that provides continuous soft water without the need for timers or electrical components. Here’s a step-by-step explanation of how the Kinetico water softener works:

  1. Hard Water Enters the System: When hard water enters the Kinetico water softener, it first passes through a resin tank. The resin tank contains ion exchange resin beads that are specifically designed to remove hardness minerals such as calcium and magnesium from the water.
  2. Ion Exchange Process: As water flows through the resin tank, the hardness minerals in the water, which are positively charged ions, are attracted to and captured by the negatively charged resin beads. This ion exchange process effectively removes the hardness minerals from the water, leaving it softened.
  3. Water Softening Continues: While one tank is in service, the other tank is regenerating. This continuous operation ensures a constant supply of soft water without interruptions.
  4. Regeneration Cycle: When the resin beads in the active tank become saturated with hardness minerals, the system automatically initiates a regeneration cycle. The regeneration cycle involves several steps: a. Backwashing: The system first reverses the water flow to flush out any sediment or debris that may have accumulated in the resin tank. b. Brine Draw: A highly concentrated saltwater solution, known as brine, is drawn from the brine tank into the resin tank. The brine dissolves the captured hardness minerals from the resin beads, replacing them with sodium ions. c. Rinse: The resin tank is then rinsed with fresh water to remove the excess brine and any remaining traces of hardness minerals. d. Return to Service: Once the regeneration cycle is complete, the regenerated tank is ready to provide soft water while the other tank undergoes the regeneration process.
  5. Non-Electric Operation: It’s important to note that Kinetico water softeners operate entirely without electricity. They use the kinetic energy of water flow to power the regeneration process, making them highly efficient and reliable.

By following this unique twin-tank, non-electric design, Kinetico water softeners can provide a continuous supply of soft water to households, even during the regeneration cycle. The system is designed to provide high-quality water while minimizing waste and ensuring optimal efficiency.