Re: Water Softener Constantly Draining
Posted by BBB1 on June 09, 2003 at 21:18:29:
In response to Re: Water Softener Constantly Draining
: : Anyone had this problem? All of a sudden, my Kinetico Softener (10+ yrs old) is constantly draining. Doesn't seem to brine at all. I did have the system drained for a bit due to some lawn sprinkler work, but nothing else changed. At first I assumed it was just refilling the twin tanks, but an hour later it's still draining. I'm fairly handy, and would like to attempt the repairs myself. Thanks! BB1; Check out the valve (float) that controls the the amount of water to make the brine for a recharge.
: It sometimes"sticks if there is a crud build-up in the resvoir. If that don't cure it, check out timing contact, it could be stuck on RINSE cycle. Hube

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Thanks for the quick response....I disassembled the timing unit on top, and found that all 4 valves were wide open. I cleaned them and reassembled the unit, but I didn't know which valves to leave open and which to close. Under the assumption all 4 open meant draining, I closed all 4 to see what would happen. It is still draining through the drain hose, but not nearly as much. As we speak (type/read) I am letting the water go for a few hours to see if the valves will 're-set' themselves...probably not, but thought it may save $80 service call. If not fixed by this weekend, I'll bite the bullet and call. Thought I may be able to fix it and learn something about these 'mysterious' water softeners at the same time...If you can think of which valves should be open/closed for brine or backwash, let me know.

Thanks again...great website


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