Help optimizing Fleck 5600sxt 48k

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  1. DLK

    DLK New Member

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    I just installed a water softener and found this site as I was researching optimal settings. I may have bought a little bigger unit than I actually need. But any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,

    Softener equipment:
    Fleck 5600sxt
    48k grain unit
    1.5 cu/ft, 10% crosslink resin

    City water; Hardness: 25 Iron: .05

    Number people: 2

    Current settings
    DF = GAL
    VT = dF 1b
    CT = Fd
    NT = 1
    C = 48
    H = 25
    RS = rc
    RC = 150
    DO = 14
    RT = 2:00
    BW = 10
    BD = 60
    RR = 10
    BF = 14
    FM = P0.7
     
  2. Bannerman

    Bannerman Well-Known Member

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    Your softener size is appropriate but to improve salt efficiency, the Capacity setting should be reduced to 36K grains which will require 12 lbs salt every regeneration cycle. If you provide the BLFC rating (normally indicated on a label located nearby to the brine line connection), we can help with the appropriate BF setting.

    How did you obtain the water Hardness amount? Since municipal water is often obtained from multiple sources, each with a unique hardness level, hardness should be tested at your specific location. If you are installing and maintaining your own softener, obtaining a Hach 5b Total Hardness Test kit is recommended. It is also recommended to program 2-3 additional grains hardness to your test result so as to anticipate hardness variance which can occur due to fluctuating water use throughout the city each day, distribution system maintenance, seasonal variables etc.

    City water being chlorinated will oxidize the iron measured at the water source and so will not impart any additional hardness load on your softener.

    You may wish to reduce the Rapid Rinse setting to 5 minutes which will save approx 12 gallons water each regen cycle.
     
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  4. DLK

    DLK New Member

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    Thanks for the quick response.

    The BLFC is .50 gpm 1.5 LB Salt/Min

    I tested the water hardness with Hach Sofchek Test Strips. I've made multiple test over the past couple months, it's been pretty consistent around 25. The water dept says 22-25 hardness is normal in the city. Thanks for the tip on the iron test kit, I used the city results for the iron measurement since their hardness was similar to my results.
     
  5. Bannerman

    Bannerman Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I mistakenly said 'Iron' test kit when I should have said 'Hardness'. I edited my previous posting

    As 12 lbs salt will be needed to regenerate 36K grains of usable capacity, then your BF setting should be reduced to 8 minutes. 8 minutes BF X 0.5 gpm BLFC = 4 gallons. Each gallon entering the brine tank will dissolve 3 lbs salt. This setting will provide a maximum salt efficiency of 3,000 grains per pound.

    For alternate capacity, salt settings and efficiencies, see Ditttohead's newest chart in this thread: https://terrylove.com/forums/index.php?threads/softener-not-getting-to-0-gpg-hardness.81594/

    View the line for 1.5 cuft of resin. The usually recommended capacity and salt settings for 1.5 cuft are 31.5K grains requiring 9 lbs salt or, 36K grains which require 12 lbs salt. The chart's salt specifications are stated as lbs per cuft of resin.

    Using a hardness setting of 28 grains and 2 people each using an estimated average of 75 gallons day, your estimated softening load will be 75 X 2 X 28 = 4,200 grains/day.

    With 36K capacity / 4,200 = 8.5 days - 1 day reserve = 7 days estimated between regeneration cycles. As your softener utilizes a meter to measure soft water consumption, if you actually use less water, then regeneration will occur less frequently.

    While your 14 Day Override setting is OK, DO could be set as high as 28 days since the softener will not be removing iron. The DO setting will initiate a forced regeneration if regeneration has not occured within that number of days.
     
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  6. DLK

    DLK New Member

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    Excellent information, I'll make your recommended changes. I really appreciate your help!
     
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