Leaky bypass valve

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Old 12-12-18, 03:53 PM
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Leaky bypass valve

The bypass valve on our Fleck water softener is leaking. Is repair possible? The plumber used a crimp on fitting so replacing the whole valve would be an effort (for me) to efficiently soldier new connectors to the water pipes
 
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Which fleck bypass is in place?
Brass or stainless or the plastic?

Plastic can be taken apart and o rings cleaned.

I have done it and if needed a true valve that has o rings often might have the o rings to replace if needed, but cleaning often will to the trick.

The brass or stainless might need a new seal..
 
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Must be the brass. I know it’s not plastic and probably not stainless. It appears to be leaking on the bottom from the inlet side toward the middle. I’m going to try tightening the bolts first. Can it be repaired in place without taking it off the water lines?
 

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Here's a pic of the valve and the drip
 
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You will need a seal, ebay has them for about 12.00
Turn the water off and drain the system down.
Remove the top screws and the bottom screws.
The center plug can be pushed down.
There is a ring on the top and the bottom, they will be replaced after the new seal is put in.
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and yes the housing will stay in place.. I have done this any number of times. The bottom screws can be a bit of a challenge but can be done.
You might find it easier if the 5600 or 2510 is removed from the bypass.
 
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Old 12-13-18, 05:37 AM
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I'm a noob --- I want a seal kit ?? for the fleck bypass valve right? Didn't want to get the wrong thing, Thanks for the help !!
 
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One could do the bypass seal and plug at the same time.
The bypass seal is nothing like the seal kit for the main piston.
 
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I have thought of all possible things that could go south on this effort. Screw removal on top and bottom, stuck handle, bending plates, removing valve and seal.... and of course the opposite getting it back together. Whats the likelyhood of any of those happening?
I need to schedule a time with sweetie to do this.
 
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Just the other day I have a service call that had the seal on a bypass like yours. Stopped the water coming to the system and started the tare down. Undid the clamps on either side of the bypass so that I could get to the lower 4 screws. After removing the screw for the handle and the 4 top screws a tap to the plug and then it started moving down.
The top and bottom rings are not going to bend.. Seal then can be removed and the new one put in ,, and yes it will go in. Line up the holes of the seal with the holed for the screws. Once the seal is in the bottom ring can be put in place with 2 or 4 screws and they at this point do not need to be tight just there to hold the plate and put the plug back in. Upper ring put on and the service and bypass part of the label close to the valve , service on left and bypass on right, plug should be front to back, or take photos and put things back like in the photos.

Make sure All Screws are Tight and put valve back on the bypass life should be good.
 
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