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    Default Kenmore Series 300 Water Softener Float Valve assembly

    Hello. I've recently experienced a problem with my 300 series softener. During regeneration, the water no longer fills into the brine tank. I didn't notice anything until I noticed that the tank appeared to be very dry one evening. I manually went through regeneration and noticed no water fill. I poured a few buckets of water to manually fill the tank to get the cycles working again, but now I'm noticing I'm not getting soft water. Brine draw from the tank is slow now. I went through the Kenmore animation troubleshooting and it wants me to remove the Float Assembly to see if the fill and brine draw are working. How do you remove the Assembly? According to the animation, it should just pull out straight up, but it doesn't. Is it stuck, or is there a screw or value holding it down and how do I get do it? I'm hoping I don't have to drain the tank and disconnect from the plumbing in order to accomplish this task.

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    If you tried to pull the assembly up and out of that black tube and it would not move, it should move real easy. Take about a gallon of really HOT water and poor down that tube as there is most likely a salt crust that is holding it and blocking the flow of water either in or out of the inlet at the bottom of that assembly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akpsdvan View Post
    If you tried to pull the assembly up and out of that black tube and it would not move, it should move real easy. Take about a gallon of really HOT water and poor down that tube as there is most likely a salt crust that is holding it and blocking the flow of water either in or out of the inlet at the bottom of that assembly.
    Thanks for the quick reply. I just tried your technique but it still won't budge. I may have had too much water in the tank so the hot water was probably diluted by the existing colder water. I did run the the brine draw cycle again into a bucket and managed to get a few gallons of water out of the tank. Once I get the water a little lower I'll try the hot water again. It must be really crusted down there.

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    To get what ever water that you can out you might dry a wet dry shop vac to remove the water from the salt tank area.

    Remember that your system puts water into the salt at the start of the regeneration.

    Are you using salt or potassium chloride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akpsdvan View Post
    To get what ever water that you can out you might dry a wet dry shop vac to remove the water from the salt tank area.

    Remember that your system puts water into the salt at the start of the regeneration.

    Are you using salt or potassium chloride?
    I just recently switched from potassium to salt about 3 months ago.

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    Joe Pelayo beat me to it. Potassium may have created the problem. I know in our are we try to keep customers away from potassium unless absolutely necessary. Potassium has a big problem solidifying in the brine tank and around the float. Unlike salt potassium is very difficult to break up after this happens. It sounds like you may have potassium stuck in float preventing brine fill. If you disconnect the white nut on the right side of your valve where the float connects during refill you should get have water coming out. If you have water at this point but not after the float then your float needs to be cleared or replaced. Let me know if this works or if you need further assistance.

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