Is the filter dry? Try soaking it in a salt water solution to moisten it. You can also get a length of tubing and attach it to the end to create a siphon.
Tried to pour salt water solutino into the mesh part of the water softener, but the liquid just sit there.
It doesn't "flow freely" as descrbed in the istruction.
Should I try to force water through the softener? Would submerging the unit in a water first help?
I soaked the filter in water first, but moistire wasn't penetrating into the filter.
I ended up sucking the water through the filter; that helped the salt water to drip through the filter better.
Once i figured enough salt water has gone through the filter, I rinsed with regular water, attached the filter in the water tank.
I have been using the coffee machine for a few days now; the pump suction seem to work fine.
I will try recharging the filter in a few weeks to see if the salt water penetration is better.