Fix or replace 5600 Economizer

Old 04-03-07, 07:16 AM
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Fix or replace 5600 Economizer

I have a 5600 economizer that is about 24 years old.It appears to have multiple problems now and I know it is a very common unit and that parts are readily available but,given it's age and the fact that replacing the old unit would be easier than rebuilding it,I'm leaning toward replacing it.Any help or advise either way?
Old 04-03-07, 07:30 AM
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If your 5600 is that old it probably is a "timer" model. The new 5600s are available in an improved "demand" regeneration model that is more salt and water efficent. Better yet, the 5600SE (simple electronics) model adds a microprocessor control (for only $20 more) that makes it really easy to tweak the softener settings for the most efficent operation.

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At 24 years old if your softener has any other problem (and the resin is getting pretty old) it might be time to replace the entire softener (at only slightly more money)... you got more than your money's worth from that purchase and undoubtedly a lot of soft water

Get a complete water test (to see what's going on in your water 24 years later ) and take a look at a new softener.

Great prices and FREE shipping and really nice people

Remember, you have to size the softener correctly for the SFR of your plumbing, the water conditions, and size of family and water usage. Buying too small a softener is a common mistake and a waste of money.

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