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    I have a fleck model 5600 or 5600 econominder water softener that is not producing soft water. Is there a formula to clean the system? I had a technichan tell me how to clean the system but have forgotten the formula.

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    What does clean it mean?

    What have you done to troubleshoot the problem?

    Is it using salt?

    How old is it?

    Is there too much water in the salt tank?
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    1. I had a tech tell me you can remove all of the salt and put something like vinager in the brine tank, but I don't remember the formula, then regenerate. then when it's done go back to the salt.

    2. The only trouble shooting I did was to make sure the brine tank had salt and then I waited to make sure after regenerating that the salt level had gone down so I knew it was working. And tried regenerating manually.

    3. yes

    4. 9 years old

    5. the water is up about a forth or third of the tank.

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    I've never heard of using vinegar in a softener. You'd need a lot, and I wouldn't do it.

    If the water level in the salt tank is higher than normal, that means the control valve isn't sucking salt water correctly. The usual cause is lose brine line connectors, a blocked injector and/or injector screen or a kinked/blocked drain line.
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