Water Softener Systems, Digital vs. Analog

Water softener systems in Jacksonville FL come in two main types, digital and analog. The water softener control valve regulates the use of salt as well as the frequency of regeneration’s. The digital control valves harness technology to maximize efficiency and simplify ownership. While analog control valves rely on older technology. This post will provide a brief overview of the differences between these two technologies.

Digital Softeners Are More Efficient

Digital water softeners outperform analog water softeners in both efficiency and ease of repairs. Both of these enhancements add up to a lower cost of ownership for you as the years go by. Higher efficient digital water softeners count your day by day water usage and only regenerate when it’s necessary. So if there is a period of time when you are not home these water softeners will go into sleep mode. And when you return it will notice and resume normal water softener function. Likewise if you increase or decrease your rate of consumption it will adjust the regeneration cycles to keep up with demand. It is said that digital water softeners use 40% less salt than analog water softener systems use.

Digital Water Softeners Are Smarter

Also, our digital water softener systems will store water history and perform self diagnostics. These two features set our digital water softeners apart from the analog systems by a mile. The water history menu will store your total gallons used as well as day by day water usage for 63 days. This is important for several reasons. Some of our systems have gallon specific service intervals when a filter or media require changing. Knowing exactly how much water that you have used allows us to service our systems only when necessary, saving you money.

Digital Water Softeners Provide Useful Data

And the day by day water history allows us to observe abnormalities of water usage. For example a customer of ours water softener started using 300 lbs. of salt per month when it should only be using 20-40 lbs. per month. Believing her water softener had malfunctioned she contacted us to fix it. The technician found that her water consumption had increased to 600 gallons per day or 18,000 gallons per month. It turns out the increased water consumption caused the salt issue. We were able to find that a running toilet was the underlying problem and now all is well.

If our digital water softener systems were to malfunction it will display an error code revealing the type of problem. This data gives our service technicians a head start by knowing what’s wrong and how to fix it before they even arrive. Our average time needed to perform a repair is under 20 minutes which ultimately saves you money.


The benefits of a digital water softener are better for consumers which is why we use these systems. Unfortunately analog water softener systems do not offer any of these benefits. If a increase in salt consumption or malfunctions occur you have to pay a technician hourly until they figure out what’s wrong. Most people agree that our digital water softener systems are the right choice when selecting a water softener system.




3 comments on “Water Softener Systems, Digital vs. Analog

  1. I like the point you made that digital water softeners are smarter. I bet they could tell you when the unit needs a repair, which would be really convenient. My wife and I are looking at purchasing a water softener and we’ll keep this in mind!

    1. Florida Water Technologies says:

      Yes they are great. It self diagnoses by flashing error codes. if more than one error code happens it stores them in chronological order. If the code is inconsequential we can walk you through clearing that code and restarting the softener over the phone and avoid a service charge.

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