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Water Softener DIY

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Czech, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. Czech

    Czech Minister of Fire

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    So I have an pretty old EcoWater softener, Series One is what it says on the lid. There are some numbers too, but I'm at work and thought I'd get the discussion going if possible. This unit was made in '91, I've lived in the house since 2001 and no problems. The last couple of weeks it is hitting the strart of the cycle and getting stuck at some point, then goes sits at that point until I advance it or unplug it. Is there any advice for what to look for before I start taking it apart? It does seem to actuate the valves accordingly when I manually cycle it, so I assume the problem is in the gear head? Thanks gang. If I can't get this going I think we'll need to go without for a while, I honestly didn't realize how expensive a good unit is!

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  2. granpajohn

    granpajohn Minister of Fire

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    Not familiar with EcoWater, but could the valve be sticking when the clock drive tries to do it? They say they live less than 10 years, (and I have confirmed this the hard way).

    Anyway, this site was loaded with info and a big help to me in the past:
    http://www.Softenerparts.com/default.asp
    Can't recall for certain, but I think I bought the new clock drive from them...also at least one of the valves.
  3. Czech

    Czech Minister of Fire

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    Yep, turned out to be the clock drive motor. I love taking stuff apart and figuring it out, the drive gear is obviously not well. Thanks for the link granpa, have the part coming next week. I learned two things this time around, softeners are expensive and our water is much harder than I thought.
  4. granpajohn

    granpajohn Minister of Fire

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    Wahoo!
    Thanks for getting back.
    Hope that part fits and works.

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