Water level high in brine tank


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Old 07-26-17, 09:03 AM
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Water level high in brine tank

Fleck 5600SXT DF. Noticed that the water is a little high in the brine tank. I think it is because of the Air check valve check ball. ?? Ran it thru a cycle this AM and noted that the water seemed to go down an inch in the first minute or so and then no further. Pulled off the tube of the brine valve body and it had suction. When the cycle was complete, removed the tube to the air check valve and could not suck anything thru it while the head was under water. Could blow air down thru it but not draw. Did all the tricks that I could think of to clean it, the grills were clean and non obstructive and appears to be working again. BD = 40 BF=4

This seems to be a repeat of the same problem I had 6+months ago and at that time I replaced the whole assembly. Attached pic. Water level is noted in red on the stick, have to assume the float is ok since it is at the end of adjustment and shown in the full up position.

Is there an alternative to the air check valve I have? TX
 
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Old 07-26-17, 02:26 PM
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The ball in the bottom of the float assembly is a floater, ie when there is water/brine it will float and as the water drops it will drop down and plug the hole and keep air from going in to the system.
Now if one blows into the assembly while it is down in water air will come out and the ball will be up and floating, and if the valve and its parts are clean and working the brine will be drawn out,, now it is possible that there is enough salt and biners left at the bottom of the salt tank that the water in the brine well can be drawn out but the water out side the brine well can not get in fast enough to keep the ball up till all of the brine is removed. I have seen that happen.
Take a 5 gallon bucket full of water with the brine float assembly setting in it as see if all the 5 gallons can be removed if that works but it will not do so in the brine well then brine well or the bottom of the salt tank will need to be cleaned.
 
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Old 07-28-17, 06:33 PM
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That is great advice. When I pulled it out and sat it in a pale of water, I could not draw on it. I blew on the tube and tried to draw water out again. Little by little it then worked. I will check it in the morning and see what the status is, then stick the whole thing in a 5 gal bucket of water and see if it will empty it. BD is set to 40, thinking that should be more than enough time. Tx for that. Mike

p.s. What is a "biner"? Is it just general salt crud.?
 
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Old 07-29-17, 08:33 AM
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Binder would equal salt crud , kind of like sand that holds on to water and is slow to let go.
If you can see water both in the brine well and out side the brine well and the water from in side the brine well is removed and water out side the brine well is not replacing or going down it would either be the crud or some block of the brine well.
Just spit balling here.
 
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Old 08-14-17, 12:09 PM
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Washed it out and let it recycle on normal schedule. The water level is back to normal now. One more regular cycle and the water remains at a normal level. So for the present, considering it "back on the normal path" Tx for your help. Mike
 
 

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