water softene quit working

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, problems, installation and r' started by nrowles, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. nrowles

    nrowles New Member

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    Water softener quit working. I noticed the motor makes noise but does not turn the gear. I also noticed that the brine valve seems to be difficult to lower. Can the brine valve become defective and difficult to move? When I turn the manual knob it seems like I am going to snap it before the valve wants to lower (letting the knob rotate further). I believe the motor burned up when it got to the stiff valve, which may have jammed the gears to a halt. So, I think if I replace the motor and the stiff brine valve, the unit should work properly. Does anybody have any input?
  2. nhmaster3015

    nhmaster3015 Master Plumber

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    make and model please
  3. nrowles

    nrowles New Member

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    Lancaster Water Treatment Model 7-FES-24B
  4. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    That is not much...
    Do you have a book on the unit?
    Photo of the unit?
    Timer motors are shale we say a dime a dozzen.. and can be change out ..
    Sounds kinda like a 5600 that has a few years and needs a piston and seal/spacer replacement time or that the brine piston needs work or replacement..
  5. nhmaster3015

    nhmaster3015 Master Plumber

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    I believe that Lancaster used Fleck valve heads. At any rate sounds like the piston froze and then the motor burned out. You can get replacement parts but it may be easier to replace the whole thing.
  6. Akpsdvan

    Akpsdvan In the Trades

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    Post a photo of what you have, might have a rebuilt one ready to rock and roll with a core charge.
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