Water sofener brine tank over flowing, Help!

charlie3238July 10, 2010

Hey guys, Great forum! We recently bought our first house and haven`t had many problems until now. I have an older rainsoft water softener model# AM1054CT. The brine tank recently overflowed and I`m trying to figure out why.

There is no float to speak of in the brine tank, Just a pvc tube with a hose going to the bottom of it. On the main filter unit there is a small canister filled with water that has a small plastic ball in it which I assume shuts off the water to the brine tank. The problem is the ball just floats in the middle and won`t go up and stop the flow unless I pull the hose off and put my finger over the exit hole. At this point I`ve tried everything so before I pour a bag of salt back in and hope for the best do you have any suggestions?? If pictures would help I`ll take some. Thanks! charlie

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Pictures would help a lot.

I'm not intimately familiar with Rainsoft softeners so the following is generic info...

When brine tanks overflow it's usually for one of two reasons.

Either the control valve or brine valve is malfunctioning and not shutting off the water flow to the brine tank after the correct amount of water has been put in at the end of regeneration OR...

The control valve is not sucking out the brine during regeneration and is putting the correct amount of water back in the brine tank at the end of regeneration so the water accumulates till the tank overflows.

BEFORE YOU PUT MORE SALT IN THE BRINE TANK make sure the brine line from the brine tank is clear and unobstructed with no kinks and make sure all the fittings are tight and not leaking any air..

Make sure the softener drain line from the control valve to the drain is clear and unobstructed with no kinks.

Make sure there is no hardened salt block around the brine pickup in the brine tank. If there is use hot tap water to dissolve the block and discard that salt and then add a bag of fresh salt.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2010 at 4:09PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Hot water backflowing into cold supply
OK, I'm rephrasing my question, as what I'd asked before...
Help, water filter?
I recently bought a rural home, and have yet to move...
Fleck 5600 Econominder - Salty Tasting Water
I just installed a new 1.5 cu ft water softener with...
how to turn off dual water handle on kitchen valves
I need to turn off water to kitchen sink. We have...
fleck fusion high flow metered water softener
Our Culligan has died and we aint too heartbroken about...
Sponsored Products
Grohe Kensington Pressure Balance Valve Trim - Swarovski Crystal
Modern Bathroom
22 Gallon New England Pattern Swing Top Trash Receptacle - T186NEBLK
$654.99 | Hayneedle
Soft Sided Portable Dog Crate - X-Small (21"L x 15"W x 15"H)
$89.50 | FRONTGATE
A19 Lighting | Oahu Wall Sconce
$159.99 | YLighting
French Press Coffee Pot Small - Wood Handle - Freud
$95.00 | HORNE
27" White Marble Stone Bathroom Vessel Sink - TOJI WHITE
Copeland Furniture | Berkeley Rolling File
Maxim Lighting 85782WGBO Oakville EE Black Oxide Outdoor Wall Sconce
Littman Bros Lighting
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™