Problems with water softener

bs2100April 17, 2011

I bought my house in November 2009 and it has a midway 5600 water softener that was installed July 2000. I was an idiot and didn't maintain the softener at all. Last month I added salt to the brine tank and the water was yellow-brown for a couple days and then went back to normal. I got a test kit and have tested my water and it's basically not softened at all.

Just recently the water has turned yellow-brown again and I'd like to get this fixed once and for all.

I cleaned the brine tank out before I put salt in it and I haven't really noticed the salt level of the brine tank going down. I'd really appreciate any tips or advice on how to get this working again.

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Assuming the valve is working correctly. It sounds like it is not drawing in brine. If the system was still in service for a long period of time with no salt it is most likely saturated with hardness and iron. Cloudy water with iron after regeneration is typical of oxidized iron that has settled in bottom of tank. Regeneration/backwashing stirs this sediment up and it comes in to the home. Clean the eductor assembly out on right side of valve. You can find a service manual for the Fleck 5600 on line. Make sure all the air is out of brine assembly and float. Put unit in refill position and hold the float stem down (in salt tank) until all air is purged. Get Red Out powder additive, at local hardware, dilute mixture in water and add to salt tank. Run the system every day for 1 week. This may clean the resin and restore capacity. If not you may consider rebedding the softener.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 12:33AM
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You want to clean out your brine tank as well - It may be that you are washing a bunch of garbage through your resin during the brine cycle as well.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 11:30AM
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Never mind - I see that you cleaned it out. That's what I get for skimming, rather than reading carefully.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2011 at 12:26PM
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