When Does My Kinetico Water Softener Regenerate?

The regeneration cycle of a Kinetico water softener will depend on the specific model you have. The General Control Valve (GCV) system, which is installed on most Kinetico models, allows for automatic regeneration cycles. These cycles are typically triggered by an onboard sensor that measures the amount of water used and the quality of the water. Depending on the model, the GCV will initiate a regeneration cycle once it detects that your system needs to be recharged with salt or resin beads. You can also manually control when and how frequently your Kinetico water softener regenerates by adjusting the settings of your General Control Valve. This allows you to customize the regeneration schedule to fit your needs.

What Is Kinetico Water Softener?

What Is Kinetico Water Softener
Kinetico Water Softener

A Kinetico water softener is a home appliance that treats hard water by removing minerals such as calcium and magnesium. The softener works by passing the hard water through a resin tank filled with plastic beads coated in sodium or potassium ions, which attract and bind to the minerals in the water. This process of exchanging the minerals for softer ions is known as ion exchange.

What Is Regeneration?

What Is Regeneration

Regeneration is the process your Kinetico water softener goes through to restore itself and begin removing hard minerals from your water again. It normally takes place at night, so it won’t disturb you in the morning or during times when you might be using a lot of water.

When Does My Kinetico Water Softener Regenerate?

When Does My Kinetico Water Softener Regenerate
My Kinetico Water Softener Regenerate

Your Kinetico water softener will regenerate once the system detects that it needs to. The regeneration process is based on how much water you use, so your system may regenerate more or less often than other systems depending on your usage. iT CAN REGENRATE AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY.

Factors Affecting Regeneration

  • Water usage: The rate at which your Kinetico water softener regenerates is largely determined by how much water you and your family use. Generally, the more water that is used, the faster the softener needs to regenerate.
  • Hardness level: Your Kinetico water softener will regenerate based on its hardness level setting. The higher the setting, the more often your water softener will need to regenerate to remove contaminants from the water. It is important to set your unit at an appropriate level for optimal performance. If you have noticed a decrease in water pressure or if there is an unusual taste in the water, it may be time to adjust your settings.
  • Time of day: Your Kinetico water softener will regenerate at a designated time based on when you set it. It is best practice to run your system overnight or during non-peak usage times, as regeneration can take up to two hours.
  • Resin capacity: The amount of water you use dictates when your Kinetico water softener will regenerate. Our systems are designed to regenerate based on your family’s usage, and if it isn’t regenerating enough, it could mean your tank is too small or that the resin capacity needs to be adjusted. To determine the right size for you, consider the number of people in your household and how much water you use. A Kinetico expert can help you determine the right size for your home’s specific needs.
  • Salt level: Kinetico water softeners regenerate based on the amount of salt in the brine tank. As water is softened, it uses up the salt and if the salinity reaches a certain point, regeneration will be triggered.

How Can I Tell When My Kinetico Water Softener Regenerates?

If your Kinetico water softener has a digital display, you’ll know when it’s set to regenerate. The message “REG” will appear on the display when the water softener is ready to renew its cycle of operation.

If your Kinetico water softener doesn’t have a digital display, there are still ways you can tell if it’s regenerating. Check the brine tank for signs of activity, such as water entering or draining from the tank. If these processes are occurring, your softener is in its regeneration cycle. You may also hear the motor running if the regeneration cycle has started.

Can I Change When My Kinetico Water Softener Regenerates?

Yes, the regeneration of your Kinetico water softener can be adjusted to fit your needs. Depending on the model of water softener you own, you may be able to manually adjust the timing and frequency of regeneration using a timer or computerized control system. You may also have access to a service technician who can come out and change the settings for you.

Can A Kinetico Water Softener Regenerate Only At Night

No, Kinetico Water Softeners are designed to regenerate at any time of the day or night. The regeneration cycle is based on a meter that monitors the amount of water being used and determines when a regeneration cycle needs to be started. This ensures that you always have soft water available for use, without having to worry about scheduling it for a specific time. Kinetico Water Softeners also use less water and salt than traditional softeners during each regeneration cycle, making them an environmentally-friendly choice.

Benefits Of Proper Regeneration

  • Improved water quality: Kinetico water softeners provide an efficient way to reduce hard minerals in your home’s water supply, resulting in better tasting food and drinks, cleaner dishes, brighter laundry, and more.
  • Reduced energy costs: Traditional water softening systems use electric power to regenerate the media chamber that filters out hard minerals. By utilizing kinetic energy, Kinetico water softeners can regenerate without electricity—saving you money and energy each month.
  • Extended lifespan of the water softener: Your Kinetico water softener utilizes a patented two-tank design that allows it to regenerate using significantly less salt than other systems. This means your Kinetico system will last longer and provide you with soft, clean water for years to come.
  • Cost savings on salt and water usage: Kinetico water softeners are designed to regenerate at the most efficient times for cost savings on both salt and water usage. The Kinetico regenerates when it senses a demand for soft water, so it is not necessary to set a specific time of day or night for regeneration. This ensures that your system will use only the necessary amount of salt and water to achieve the softest possible water.

How To Manually Regenerate  Kinetico Water Softener?

1. Locate the manual regeneration switch on your water softener. This is typically a rocker switch located near the top of the unit.

2. Push the button for three to five seconds in order to initiate regeneration mode and release any trapped air from within the unit.

3. Allow your water softener to regenerate for about 45-60 minutes. You may hear some noises during regeneration; this is normal.

4. After the regeneration cycle is complete, turn off the manual switch and flip any additional switches that initiate the backwashing process of your unit.

5. Your Kinetico water softener should now be regenerated and ready to use.


Can I use table salt instead of water softener salt?

No, you should never use table salt in a water softener. Table salt contains additives that can be damaging to your Kinetico Water Softener and the quality of your water. Always use salt specifically designed for water softeners, such as Kinetico Salt Pellets or Solar Granular Salt.

How often do I need to add salt to my water softener?

How often do I need to add salt to my water softener
Add salt to water softener

The amount of salt needed will depend on the type and size of your water softener, as well as the hardness of the water in your home. Generally speaking, most Kinetico water softeners need to be recharged with salt approximately every 3-4 weeks. It is important that you add enough salt to keep the brine tank filled at all times. If the salt level is low, your water softener may not regenerate properly or as often as it should. You can check the salt level in the brine tank by opening the lid and looking inside it.

What should I do if I forget to add salt?

If you forget to add salt, it will not affect the regenerate cycle of your Kinetico water softener. However, overtime buildup in hardness can cause the system to become less effective if salt is not added on a regular basis. If this occurs, we recommend manually initiating a regeneration cycle and adding more salt so that your water softening system can continue to be effective.

Can I drink softened water?

Yes, Kinetico water softeners produce softened water that is safe to drink. The regeneration process works by removing the minerals (calcium and magnesium) responsible for hard water in exchange for sodium ions. This leaves you with clean and soft water that is safe to consume.

How long do Kinetico water softeners last?

Kinetico water softeners are designed to last a long time, typically around 10 years and sometimes more. However, the exact duration of its lifetime depends on the amount of water being used in the household and how often it needs to regenerate.


the water cycle - infographic
the water cycle – infographic

Kinetico water softeners help reduce mineral buildup in your pipes and protect all kinds of appliances, including dishwashers and washing machines. By using the Meter Demand regeneration system, you can regulate when exactly your Kinetico water softener regenerates to ensure it is always working optimally. You can keep track of how much sodium or potassium is being used through the softener’s monitor, and also reset the meter using either a manual or automatic regeneration. With these maintenance tips, you can ensure your Kinetico water softener keeps running at its best for many years to come.

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