Kenmore UltraSoft 480 - Regenerating/Drainin non-stop - - is it worth repairing?

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, problems, installation and r' started by bradrulz, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. bradrulz

    bradrulz New Member

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    I have a Kenmore UltraSoft 480 that is 5-years old. A week or so ago it starting regenerating and draining non-strop. I pulled the plug and engaged the bypass after about 15-hours of running (part of this time was overnight while we were sleeping).

    Looking online it seems it could be the motor or wiring harness. Sears charges $70 for a service call and I would have to take a 1/2 day off of work waiting from them to show up in the 4-hour window. I am thinking of junking it and never buying another Kenmore Softener.

    I have been looking at a softener with the Fleck 7000SXT valve, but am starting to read several boards/thread swearing by Clack. Problem is I can't find anywhere online that actually sells Clack softeners anymore.
  2. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    Could be that is the only part that you will replace, then again it could be the first of many.... Sears and the others just like it under different names and jackets are made to go for about 5 years, some get more out of them with no problems... but not most of what I see here in Alaska...

    How good at doing some thing like repair or putting in a system would you be?
    You have the old one there, water in water out... and a drain... not much to it with the sharkbites that are out there now.. just a few fittings and some tubing and you are up and running..
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