Kinetico 60 stopped working


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Old 03-20-09, 08:34 AM
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Kinetico 60 stopped working

Hello,

Another Kinetico question. We bought a home that had a Kinetico 60 system (new in 1987 I'm told) that was not working. The previous owner did not replenish the salt (perhaps for about a year). We had someone local come out and they got it going. They changed the pre-filter (it was nasty) and manually regenerated the system and it has worked for about 4-5 months. Recently the water started getting hard and rust started showing up in the house. I checked the tank and the salt doesn't move. I regenerated the system a couple of times but nothing. I've heard it go through regeneration on its own but we still have hard water and rust. When I did the manual regeneration the water seemed to get a little softer but that didn't last long and it was still rusty and somewhat hard. I have the local guy coming out again to look at it but I'm sure they will want to rebuilt it for $500-$700 because the first time he was there he said that was the next step. Any suggestions on what to do next?

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Craig
 
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Old 03-20-09, 12:57 PM
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Well, it sounds like the salt is bridged, which means it has solidified and is not dropping. Get about a gallon or two of hot water and pour it slowly down the center of the salt tank. Listen for the salt to drop.

Maybe wait an hour or two and manually regenerate it again, Repeat after two more hours (for the other tank). Your water hear will be full of hard water so wait a coupe of days or drain it so that it refills with softened water.

you unit probably has brown tanks, right? if it had been well maintained and used consistently, it would till be working well. it's only 22 years old.

A complete rebuild would not be a bad idea. That would include a valve disassembly and seal, pawl, and gear replacement, new resins, and bench tested. Levels 2 and 3 may need to be replaced by a updated part. Get a new brine float, too. That might cost what they quoted.

That might not be a bad idea since you have no money in it now Then it should give you at least a couple more decades of smooth service.

Where are you located?

Andy Christensen, CWS-II
 
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Old 03-20-09, 02:24 PM
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Muncie Indiana

We are located in Muncie Indiana.
 
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Old 03-21-09, 12:29 PM
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Have you checked for salt bridging?
 
 

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