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Old 07-15-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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Water Softener discharge hose dribbles water in "In Service" mode?


I have a basic model "AquaSoft" water softener. AquaSoft is a local brand I think, but I've seen the exact same hardware under other names. It's a timer driven model with a wheel in the middle that raises and lowers a piston.

I can set it to manual re-gen and it goes through the entire cycle and the dial goes back to "In Service", but there is always a small flow of water out of the discharge hose in "in service" mode.

I took the head apart and none of the O rings in the piston assembly appear damaged. Should I replace all the o rings anyway? Any thoughts on what to check for?

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Old 07-15-2013, 07:20 PM   #2
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Would it be the Fleck 5600?
Age of the system?
Water Quality the system is dealing with?

Either way the main reason for water to the drain is either the piston is scratched or the seals between the spacers are bad.
The other is that the cam that moves the piston up and down could be worn in a way that when it should be in service the piston key is not lined up with the service spot.

The seal kit and piston assembly are not that costly and easy to get ones hands on. If it does not fully correct the challenge of water to drain then one is not out much..

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I replaced all the gaskets and spacers (you can only buy 4 spacers and 6 gaskets together as a set). It seems to have stopped leaking in run mode. So that's good.

I think it's the Fleck model you mentioned, they seem to be sold under various brand names. I think it's 5 years old, installed by Fannie Mae after a foreclosure, but it was only used for 2 years. before that the house sat empty. I had to replace one of the o-rings after i moved in too. Maybe they just get worn out every few years?

The water still tastes metaly not salty, but i am running the system through a re-gen now to see if that clears it up.

Do you know what the second tank is for? Not the brine tank, but after the softener is another tank that looks like a water softener tank, but it has no control head nor any labels on it.
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Would need to see a photo of your set up to id the second tank.
But if I had to take a shot , after the softener I would say carbon tank flow through, size would give how much carbon would be in the tank.

Where there any marks on the piston body when you had it out?
It could take a few cycles at least 3 hours after the end of a cycle for a good brine to be made, for the media to get cleaned and back in treating shape.
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