No soft water after filter change on a Kinetico

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, problems, installation and r' started by Tony Foran, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. Tony Foran

    Tony Foran New Member

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    I swapped out the pre filter and now I'm only getting water if the softener is by-passed. Do I have air in the system? What I'm I missing?

    Thanks for any help,Tony
  2. Skip Wolverton

    Skip Wolverton In the Trades

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    There is a plastic rocker inside the valve that, if broken, will not allow water thru the unit. I have a picture of it but don't know how to post it.
  3. Tony Foran

    Tony Foran New Member

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    It worked fine before the filter change but now I only have water on by-pass. I could have damaged the valve somehow?
  4. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    What kind of bypass for the kinetico?

    Did you bleed the air out of the pre filter after the filter change?
  5. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    Skippy, you have to go advanced so you have all the posting options. There is a thing looks like a paper clip, that's for attaching photo's.
  6. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    Is that plastic part that easy to break?

    Is it one of them that if you look at it wrong it breaks?
  7. Tony Foran

    Tony Foran New Member

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    No, I did not.
  8. Tony Foran

    Tony Foran New Member

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    That did it! Thanks a lot for the help.
  9. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    If this was in Alaska I would be saying

    Strange things happen in the land of the midnight sun.

    Why a ball valve is not used before and after a pre-filter is still a strange thing to me.
  10. Skip Wolverton

    Skip Wolverton In the Trades

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    Yes the plastic rocker can break at anytime. When broken, it causes both pistons to close shutting off the water supply. The rocker is the ones in the upper right side of the pic (small piece). Thanks for the help.

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  11. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    Brake at ANY time?
    Och....
    Is it a fail safe idea?
    Why would some thing that could cause that much trouble still be in use?
  12. Skip Wolverton

    Skip Wolverton In the Trades

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    IIRC when it switches tank, the rocker forces the opposit piston to close preventing water flow from the tank in regen. They do break easily with age.
  13. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    Every unit has its weak point..
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