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    Default Problems with my fleck valve, clicking noise

    I have been having problems with fleck 8500 twin valve over the past few months, during the start of the cycle the gears start making this clicking noise and do not advance the cycle. I have been able to push the gear to get it going again and then it starts clicking and won't go anywhere. I took apart all the small plastic gears behind the control panel and there were no stripped teeth, everything looked as it should. I thought maybe it might have been the motor going out which I replaced but it is still doing the same thing. I have had it on bypass for the last 6 months as I can't seem to get it fixed, this water softener has been nothing but trouble for me since I bought it 3 years ago and I am ready to trash it!! Please help.

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    It's probably a sticking piston and you need new seals, spacers a and piston, you have two of them in that valve; main and upper. Or it could be the brine piston sticking.
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    I'm pretty mechanically inclined, is that difficult to do? Is this normal for a three year old softener, I know anything mechanical can break but you would think it wouldn't break down so early. How would I know which piston it is? Thanks.

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    It is kind of a pain ... the 8500 can be rebuilt,, just did one and ...

    Is it the older style of the new SE or SXT?

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    I'm not too sure, the manual says twinflo e. So it can be done without calling a professional? Is it worth it to rebuild it, or should I just buy a less expensive single tank meter, and be done with it? A two tank system is way more than my house needs anywas

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    Does it have a digital control?

    It depends on where the clicking is coming from and what is making it click as to how costly it is going to be.

    A side note, the 8500 is coming to an end, Fleck or Pentair is no longer going to be making them if they have not already stopped making them.

    The 9100 is a much better and trouble free valve and would use the same meter turbin and bypass and brine tank and media tanks that you already have in place.

    While it might be more than your house of today might need, if you sell the place could a larger family move into your house?

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