Replacing an old water softener system

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, problems, installation and r' started by banthony4, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. banthony4

    banthony4 New Member

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    I have an old (looks like a Fleck timer valve) water softener system that doesn't seem to be working well - think I need new media and figure its best just to replace the whole thing with a metered system. The question I have is what the risk is in over sizing the system? I have found Fleck 5600 stx on demand systems that look good and the 48,000 grain is only $30 more than the 40,000 grain (calculators say the 40,000 should be adequate). Second question I have is the Vortech tank technology worth another $150?
  2. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    If the media tank and brine tanks are in good shape, upgrade the 5600sxt and new media along with a turbulator.... more resin in same size tank.
    Maybe replace the brine float assembly if it is brass with a 2310 plastic..

    once done step back and call it good....
  3. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    If the softener has been working well I'd replace the resin and control valve and look at a Clack WS-1 CS. They have more features and are much easier to repair than a Fleck 5600 SXT.
  4. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    And if there is already a 5600 in place with the bypass ,, replacing it with a new 5600SXT will marry right up to the Bypass that is already there and no need to change any of the plumbing.
  5. jimclemmer

    jimclemmer New Member

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    hello
    I am agree with Gary Slusser I think you need to contact with any reliable plumbing company for repair your water softener system

    Regards
    Jim clemmer
  6. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    Thanks Jim but from my 23 years of experience in the water treatment industry and 13 years answering peoples questions on the internet, I find that most plumbers don't know water treatment and don't like to 'fix' softeners. Also, he should do this himself as I believe he wants to.
  7. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    Excellent advice Jim
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