Culligan water softener repair
I just bought a home with a 15 year old Culligan Hi-Flo 2 water softener. It appears the timer on it is broken. I reset the time on it and came back a few hours later to find the time was still sitting on the time I set it. Secondarily, when I push the lever down to do a manual recharge, it just endlessly flushes out water down the drain line.
I took the cover off and found the part that appears to be the main drive gear. My question is... is this little piece something I'm going to be able to find or am I going to have to replace the whole control unit? Or worse, the whole softener?
Second question, since the softener is now bypassed until I can get this part, are there other maintenance things I can do to extend the life of the softener? (i.e. drain the brine tank and clean, drain the primary tank and replace the resin, replace any o-rings and what not, etc etc)