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    Default Kenmore Brine Tank Delaminating

    I've been suffering with a Kenmore softener for 10 or so years. It has only worked for about half the thime I've had it.

    Currently I've let the salt run out so I can clean the Morton pellet residue from the bottom of the salt tank, it has been plugging up the brine valve.

    I just noticed that the outside of the resin tank is delaminating, it looks like the yellowish fiberglass (or whatever it is made of) is cracked.

    Does this affect the operation at all? I don't know how these tanks are constructed.

    If it needs to be replaced, it's time to ditch the whole thing. I need to replace the rotor and seals already, about $100 in parts, if this tank needs to be relpaced too I think it's time for a new softener.


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    Yes it has to be replaced before it fails totally and the city or your well pump fills the place with water.

    Put it in by pass, that stops water from going through it. It's a wonder it hasn't burst already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave in WI View Post
    I've been suffering with a Kenmore softener for 10 or so years. It has only worked for about half the thime I've had it.

    Currently I've let the salt run out so I can clean the Morton pellet residue from the bottom of the salt tank, it has been plugging up the brine valve.

    I just noticed that the outside of the resin tank is delaminating, it looks like the yellowish fiberglass (or whatever it is made of) is cracked.

    Does this affect the operation at all? I don't know how these tanks are constructed.

    If it needs to be replaced, it's time to ditch the whole thing. I need to replace the rotor and seals already, about $100 in parts, if this tank needs to be relpaced too I think it's time for a new softener.

    There is NO repair for this.. It is time for another system.. thou if you are the first and only owner you might be able to get a tank replacement under warranty.. it is an idea to look into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akpsdvan View Post
    There is NO repair for this.. It is time for another system.. thou if you are the first and only owner you might be able to get a tank replacement under warranty.. it is an idea to look into.
    Thank you both for the quick replies.

    I just put it in bypass. I will check with Sears to see if they will do anything, I am the original owner but it's been over 10 years since it was purchased, worth a try. I'm glad I didn't put any new parts in yet.

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    I would describe the damage as a rupture and it is most likely caused by overpressure --perhaps your water supply pressure has increased--or freezing.

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    IIRC the warranty on all big box store brand softener media tanks is 3 years. Their electronics used to be 90 days.

    Real softeners have nonprorated 5 years on the tanks and electronics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Slusser View Post
    IIRC the warranty on all big box store brand softener media tanks is 3 years. Their electronics used to be 90 days.

    Real softeners have nonprorated 5 years on the tanks and electronics.
    Are you trying to say the Sears unit is a FAKE softener? They do a real good job at faking it. I don't think the OP needs a sales pitch here.
    I would put the unit on bypass for sure. Aye captain, she about to blow.

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    I've decided not to get another Sears unit, I've had my share of trouble with this one.

    I'm thinking of an Addie unit, it's a local company. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me what valve unit they use from looking at it? Their information does not say but I'm guessing they use a Fleck valve. Any feedback would be appreciated.
    Here is a link to a pdf of their residential units:
    http://www.addiewatersystems.com/residentialwater.pdf

    I'm looking for a reliable, durable system and I'm leaning toward installing it myself. I figure if I could install our old unit, and we didn't have problems with the installation (the softener itself is another story) I can do it again.

    Another question, are there any good reliable cabinet type units out there? It would be nice to stay with the all in one unit, space is an issue where the softener is installed. I can install the two tank type but the brine well would be in front of the resin tank, not to the side. It's a narrow space.
    Last edited by dave in WI; 05-05-2010 at 05:30 AM.

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    Sure looks like a Fleck head.

    Fleck is good reliable equipment.

    Cabinet models suck. I would rather trade space than settle for a cabinet unit.
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    That is a Fleck 5600 (FMP Series not FMPE). It is a very reliable valve and you will get year of good service. This unit comes in a cabinet model as well. I can see from Wally's comments, he does not care for a cabinet unit (I think) LOL. I have not seen anything wrong with the Fleck 5600 in a cabinet model.

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