Enagic water ionizers require the same basic maintenance as most other water ionizers. Filter replacement and internal cleaning. Although you do not have to replace the filters in an Enagic water ionizer as often as you do with most other models – you will spend more time performing regular cleaning.
Let’s take a look at what it takes to maintain Enagic Kangen Water Machine…
All of Enagic’s “Kangen Water Machines” have a single internal filter that will last for up to 12 months. Depending on the volume of water you are producing and the quality of your source water, you may need to replace the filter a little more often.
The filter panel on Enagic water ionizers is on the front of the unit. Pop it off, remove the old filter and replace it with the new. You’ll need to reset the filter life indicator – see your user manual for instructions for each model.
Once you have replaced the filter door panel you’ll need to allow water to run through the unit for a few minutes to saturate the media in the new filter and flush out the loose carbon. This is the same with any new filter. Until the carbon element inside the filter is fully saturated, fine carbon particles will be picked up by the water and you’ll notice a dark blue or gray color to the water. This usually clears up after water flows through the unit for a few minutes.
While the cost of cleaning your Kangen water ionizer won’t break the bank, it may put a dent in your schedule.
Most water ionizer companies recommend performing internal cleaning once every 12 to 18 months or once every 6 to 9 months for users in hard water areas. The cleaning interval Enagic recommends for all models of their Kangen Water Machines is once every one to two weeks, depending on your source water.
To perform the cleaning, you first add a packet of Enagic’s cleaning powder to the reusable cleaning cartridge. Then, replace the internal filter with the cleaning cartridge, make sure the unit has been turned off and unplug the unit from the wall outlet.
Turn the water on and allow water to flow through the unit for 10 to 15 seconds, then stop the water flow.
Next you’ll put both the acidic drain hose and the unit’s dispenser hose in a small cup, turn the water back on and let water flow through until the cup is just over half full.
Stop the water flow and let the unit soak for three to five hours.
After the unit has soaked for three to five hours, remove the hoses from the cup and return them to their usual position in and over the sink – then flush the system with water for 30 seconds before removing the cleaning cartridge and replacing the filter.
Once you have reinstalled the filter, allow water to run through the unit for another 30 to 60 seconds. After flushing the unit with the filter re-installed, it is then safe to plug the unit back into the outlet and start using the unit again.
If you are in a hard water area Enagic recommends performing this cleaning weekly. In other areas once every other week.
Performing regular cleaning of your Kangen Water Machine is required to maintain the validity of the warranty. If you return the unit for repair and Enagic has concerns that you have not been cleaning the unit as required, you will likely have to prove, at the very least, that you have been purchasing the materials for cleaning. Should Enagic determine that the technical issues with your unit are due to improper cleaning your warranty will likely be voided.
Compared to other water ionizers that cost significantly less, the Enagic models can easily be considered “high maintenance.” The possibility of having your warranty voided is a little scary.