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Old 05-20-2009, 06:34 AM  
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So how hard is your water before softener?


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I thought we had numbers from the tests, but I do not see a sheet with test results now. The water softener lowered the calcium carbonate concentration some, but in the sales/technician's opinion, was already good enough without treatment. I see numbers from 1990 with the original owner's tests, and they had more calcium carbonate then.

I wonder how the impurities affected the softener is as I let the salt level in the brine tank drop, and the fraction of the black stuff rose. It was very nasty looking, and very opaque with only 1/4" of water!


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The latest is there has not been salty water after a recharge, but the recharging has become very loud. There is clearly cavitation in the valve assembly. I do not see any obvious tubing leaks. This makes me really want to disassemble it and see if there is any scale or bad parts I can replace.

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Your testing my memory and it ain't the best.

If it's a culligan, you might find more parts than you know what to do with. I think they put the extra parts in there to confuse people.

If your feeling mechanical, go for it. What can you lose?
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Could be as simple as a bubble in the line.....
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Well about 5 years ago, I disassembled the valve, and took the O rings to a hardware store, and replaced and lubricated all of them. It has worked well and quietly since then without any mishap until now. It has left a little salty water in the resin. A very small water draw removed it. Maybe it is time for me to lubricate the O rings and valve assemblies again.

I think I may now dive in to the bleach regeneration water purifier. I imagine it has a similar valve design. I have had it bypassed the past 8 years.
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I think I may now dive in to the bleach regeneration water purifier. I imagine it has a similar valve design. I have had it bypassed the past 8 years.
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At sufficiently high levels, chlorine compounds will attack the plastic ion exchange resin used in water softeners and appreciably reduce the working life.

The primary route of degradation of cation softener resins as they age is by oxidation, which destabilizes the resin structure.This leads to increasing bead breakage, fines, and, ultimately, higher pressure loss and channeling. This in turn reduces operating capacity and
throughput.
Excerpt Source- -The Effect of Chlorine on Softener Resin-


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