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Re: replacing charcoal in my kinetico water softner
On the top of the unti there is a plastic site glass it also will have a phillips screwdriver slot when you insert the screw driver you have to push down and then turn it clockwise until you hear it kick in the let off let it run the entire cycle then run a faucet to make sure everything is clear and clean
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The smell is actually not sulfur but Hydrogen Sulfide or H2SO4. It comes from a harmless bacteria that when collect in large quantities produce that sulfur smell. It is common to smell more of it in the hot water than cold due to the fact that the bacteria are more prone to grow on metallic surfaces than others and your hot water tank contains a sacrificial anode or rod that grows these bacteria really well. You have several choices to help with the problem. You can put any number of systems on your well equipment such as an aerator, a chlorine injection system, a charcoal filter and so on, you can also reduce the problem by having a plumber remove the sacrificial rod from your water heater, but do so knowing why it is in there in the first place. This problem has been around in southern states for a long time and varies by season in severity and there are many ways that people deal with it. You simply have to choose the method that you prefer based on cost, tolerance and effectiveness. I can tell you that I have a chlorine injection system and a charcoal tank to remove chlorine residue and have dealt with this for over 30 years. Good Luck to you and thanks for asking on Fixya!
Call Culligan for service. You have a serious problem as it sounds like your resin bed is not going through the backwash cycle before returning to operate mode.
Normally when your water softener goes through a recharge cycle, a solenoid operates to bypass the system while brine (extremely salty water) is drawn into the resin tank to perform the ion exchange process. This is a timed process. Once it completes then your softener switches into backwash mode where the resin bed is flushed with clear water. Finally at the end of the recharge cycle the softner switches back into normal operation.
This is not something that you can fix yourself. Contact Culligan immediately.
I am guessing you have checked to make sure the water flow into the osmosis system to make sure it is at proper pressure? If so is this a whole house system or just for the kitchen? If it is a whole house do you have the same problems in other parts of the house?
I worked at a Kinetico dealership for 6 years. I am very familiar with the quad 50. Unfortunately, Kinetico can only be serviced by a kinetico dealership, or someone who has the parts and the know how. They can be difficult to diagnose and fix if you are not familiar with them. You say you want to change it out and replace it ? You might be better taking it in to a kinetico dealership and having it serviced. They are worth it. If not, you can go on the internet and shop for a water softener. www.ohiopurewater.com or www.discountwatersofteners.com
This sounds like the resin cylinder is perforated or connections at the top are leaking. The brine tank should only have a little water in the bottom - if it is full of water (maybe even up to the overflow?) then you will need to replace the resin cylinder or fix a leaky connection to it.
Alge will quit often go through filter so first you need to kill the alge by super chlornateing the pool. You can take a water sampel to your pool store and give them the size of your pool, they can test your water, for nothing in most cases and recomend what you will need for this. Then you can start cleaning the mess up as the dead alge will turn to dirt. This dirt will be very fine and may go through your filter also so a cup full of D.E. in your skimmer after backwashing will usually coat the top of your sand and catch much finer dust and dirt. Do this as you clean the pool and backwash 1-2 times daily till clean. Follow all directions given to you at store to kill the alge first, this is very importiant.
Check for iron content of the water in your area. Excessive iron will clog the zeolite beads in your softener and reduce its life. You can try increasing the backwash and rinse cycles to see if it helps. You can also get an iron pre-filter for a softener. I am assuming you have either a private well or a municipal well.
This will depend on the make and model of the softener and the estimate of the hardness of the water in your area. The backwash, rinse, soak and fast rinse times can usually be adjusted. Consult the book or call a local company that sells or services water softeners.