How to Replace a Water Softener Venturi



This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the venturi in a water softener. During the regeneration cycle, the venturi draws brine into the resin tank. A broken or damaged venturi can't move brine into the resin tank, and the water softener can't soften the water. Replace a damaged or broken venturi with manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Follow these steps to replace the venturi in Kenmore, Whirlpool, and GE water softeners.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required

  • Venturi

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Tools Required

  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

How to replace a water softener venturi

Step 1: Disconnect electrical power

Unplug the water softener to disconnect power.

Step 2: Bypass the water supply

Push the water valve into the bypass position.

Step 3: Remove the top cover

Open the lid and release the 2 front clips on the cover.

Lift the front of the cover up and push it back to release the rear tabs.

Pull the top cover off.

Step 4: Remove the venturi

Hold the venturi housing and twist the cap off of the venturi assembly.

Pull the filter screen out of the housing. The gasket and spacer comes out with the screen.

Pull the venturi out of the housing.

Step 5: Clean the housing and screen

Clean the housing, screen, spacer and gasket.

Step 6: Install the new venturi

Push the new venturi into the housing.

Lubricate the gasket with petroleum jelly.

Push the screen, spacer and gasket into the housing.

Reinstall the venturi cap.

Step 7: Reinstall the top cover

Position the back of the top cover into the rear tabs and then push the front of the top cover down into the front locking clips.

Close the lid.

Step 8: Restore power

Plug the power cord back in.