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My culligan iron-cleer whole house water filter drains constantly

My iron-cleer system has never done this until today. Water is constantly draining out of the discharge tube and no it is not regenerating, is there a purge valve on the system that I cant find?

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SOURCE: Culligan Super-S model 405AA38-556 C

It normally is under pressure. There is a "check ball" in the tube to prevent water from coming out of the tube in service. The feed tube has to be flooded with water in service position so when system goes in to draw cycle vacuum is created in the tube to draw bleach. You may have a plugged eductor assembly or feed tube may be restricted.
RJ

Posted on Aug 17, 2011

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SOURCE: egg smell has returned to culligan iron-cleer

Iron cleer and sulfur cleer systems have a bed life of 750000 ppm. This is generally about ten years. You can try running the system every day for 1 week to see if it improves. The air pump may not be working properly so iron and h2s may not be being oxidized properly. H2S smell would be the first symptom of this. I would suggest a service call.
RJ

Posted on Jun 29, 2011

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