If the output from your Alkaline spigot diminishes over a period of time, your Water Ionizer may need cleaning because of mineral build-up due to your source water. Build-up usually does not become an issue for at least 8-24 months of use, depending on the hardness and Calcium levels in your source water. People living in extreme hard areas may wish to use a vinegar wash once every three (3) months.
To check for build-up in your Athena or Isis, remove the Alkaline Flex Hose (silver tube) and inspect both ends for signs of any white residue building up inside the hose. Some people would describe the residue as looking like a white o-ring inside the hose. The appearance of this white ring would be a clear sign of excessive build-up.
NOTE: If your Flex Hose shows signs of build-up, you will want to properly clean and prep it prior to a Vinegar Wash. Cleaning and prepping will get the job done much faster.
The best time for your vinegar wash is when you’re ready to replace the filter(s). Use the filter(s) that are ready to be replaced for the Vinegar Wash. You may choose to store these filter(s) refrigerated in a sealed container for re-use in your next Wash.
The safest way to clean the unit so as not to damage the electrodes and clean those hard to reach areas in your water ionizer, is to re-circulate WHITE VINEGAR through the unit using a small fish tank pump or small water-garden pump.
Alkaline Flex Hose Cleaning Instructions
You can also remove the Alkaline Flex Hose (silver tube) from the unit and submerge it completely in the WHITE VINEGAR overnight to soften and remove much of the calcium build-up. At this point you may want to take the flowing action: Remove the Calcium Port Cap and pour a cup of white vinegar into your Calcium Port, and let the Ionizer sit for several hours or overnight before you begin your Wash.
To protect your Flex Hose in the future, we recommend you run acidic water for 5 - 10 minutes at least twice a week. And a Vinegar Wash every 3 months. Please refer to our site waterionizer.com.cn for ordering information.