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Old February 25th, 2015, 12:58 PM   #1
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Hey guys who knows anything about water softeners on here...I bought a new FLECK 5600SXT about 4 years ago and now Im having issues with iron smell in my water. I called the local guys and they just want me to spend $4000 on a new water softener and an iron filter. Seems a bit ridiculous to me though.
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Do you have an inline carbon taste and odor filter as well as an inline paper sediment filter? If so, I'd start by replacing both of those. You can also try a 50lb bag of Red-out pellets or equivalent. I know thats pretty basic, but worth a shot. The guys at 5 Star Ace in Highland can help as well if you have more specific questions.
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Which local guys have you talked to?
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Is everything else seem in working order?

Water softeners are very simple machines. From time to time, the jets/venturi/screens can get clogged and they need to be cleaned to properly syphon brine. Is the salt usage normal? Can you tell if its syphoning up the brine?

Resin beads can get all clogged up with rust over time. Cheap water softener valves (i.e something like a kenmore or ge smartwater) will get chewed up and clogged with/by rust and leak internally after 3-5 years, and lose most of their efficiency. The Fleck 5600 is different though. In fact, looking at the pics, it looks like the same valvehead that I have on mine, its 15 years old, and works fine. We have very heavy rust in our water in Oxford, so ours is worked hard.

I have had it clog once or twice. If they ever run out of salt, they run a lot more water through the screens and can clog sometimes. Or sometimes there's debris in the line (we had this when our well downtube rusted out, caused havok through the house).

Have you gone through the manual on those? Like I said, they are pretty simple.

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