Water Softener Repair

happsDecember 30, 2011

I have a 16 year old 32k grain water softening unit with a Fleck 5600 Econominder Valve on it. The basket/screen on the end of the tube in the resin tank cylinder broke sending resin breads throughout the pipes in the house. I had a plumber come out earlier today to unclog the pipes and clear the faucets, toilets, shower heads etc as well as replace the bypass boot on the Fleck 5600 valve because there was water leaking from it when it was in bypass mode. The timer on the Fleck 5600 was replaced recently so I think the whole Fleck unit itself is in good shape now, but the tube and resin in the cylinder tank need repair or replacement. I don't want to spend $1000 on a whole new complete assembly installed through a plumber, especially since I don't know if I am going to stay in the house I am in for a long period of time.

I've called around locally to different water treatment companies and it's about $300 to refill a 9"x48" tank with 1cu ft resin, put in a new distributor tube and new gravel under-bed. Do you all think this is reasonable? Is this something a handyman can do or is it best left to a water treatment professional?

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justalurker

You can buy a BRAND NEW 1 cube softener with a Fleck 5600 Econominder metered control valve online for $450 delivered .

If you're sure that a 1 cube softener is correctly sized for your water conditions and usage that's what I'd do.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2011 at 10:47AM
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happs

I know, but then I'd have to pay someone $150-$200 to install the new one.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2011 at 12:58PM
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justalurker

I don't understand "replace the bypass boot on the Fleck 5600 valve because there was water leaking". AFAIK there is no bypass BOOT... maybe you're describing it oddly?

Then in another 6 months the brine tank can crack or the brine valve can fail or the piston and seals can leak. You'd rather put another $300 into a 16 year old softener when for another $150 everything is new and has a warranty?

Replacing a 5600 with a 5600 should be a super EZ job.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2011 at 1:14PM
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