culligan estate 2 water softner not working properly??

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, problems, installation and r' started by jstephens, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. jstephens

    jstephens New Member

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    i got the softner off my friend who lived in the city and was in the house when he bought it and he never used it so i bought it .. i installed the softner and worked perfectly for about a month.. then i started to tell it was not working , black tint to water and just not soft.. i have included pics of the softner... i know the backwash works and pretty sure it puts the water into the brine but not sure on the sucking part.. i tried to check the injector but couldnt get it out

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  2. ditttohead

    ditttohead Water systems designer, R&D

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    We need a model number and / or a picture of the valve to know which model. Culligan has had many units over the years, each with its unique qualities and problems.
  3. jstephens

    jstephens New Member

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  4. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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    Does the water level in the brine tank go down when the valve cycles. If you pull the brine line off the brine tank connector and cycle the valve you should feel suction when you place your finger over the end of the line.
  5. jstephens

    jstephens New Member

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    Up until a couple days ago the water level was above the salt, I adjusted the pounds of salt and no you see no water, which position does it suck in because I would have to run the whole generation to find that out?
  6. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    First step is the backwash and that is about 10 minutes give or take some.
    The next step is the brine draw and slow rinse, they are part of the same step and will run about 40 minutes , give or take some.
    Then there is the rapid rinse and brine refill, here again they are going on at the same time.
    The refill time is more controlled by the float in the salt tank.

    The one photo shows a cable from the out or treated side of the softener control, but there is no digital display.
  7. jstephens

    jstephens New Member

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    Pretty sure I fixed the problem , while inspecting the brine tank I noticed the float was stuck and jingeled it and it unstuck. for some reason it keeps sticking, also I noticed salt build up on the tube from the softner to the brine tank around where it screws on?
  8. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    The salt build up on the line just out side the nut means that the nut needs to be tightened more than it is right now as there is a leak taking place right there. Might be that because there is salt water coming out that air is also getting in and when in the salt tank refill there is a popping that is going on and sticking the float.. seen the culligans fall easy pray to the air popping up the float.
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