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    I have a Culligan Mark 59 that is releasing water into the drain when it is sitting idle. If I bypass the system the water stops. What is causing this? I know parts are scarce. Should I fix this or get another system. What brand should I get that will give me as many years of service as this did?

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    Most likely you are going to need another system because of the parts being hard to find only through Culligan.

    If you are handy you might be able to take the system apart and clean the plungers and where they seat to make sure that they are clean and seating correctly.

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    Thanks. I think I got a timer from you once for it. Is this system worth anything to part out?

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    bypass and timer assembly would be about it..
    The rest... would be a question unless one is looking for a body that is free of cracks..

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    what is the timer and bypass worth? the dealer said he would give me 100 trade on a new metalist culligan

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    Maybe about what the trade in that the dealer has put on the table. Then one also needs to ask, has the relationship with your culligan dealer been good, have they treated you right over the years.
    Age of your system and could the new one go the same time frame or is it time to try some thing else?

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    LOL, $100 trade in? He is going to throw the unit in the trash. What price are they asking for a new system?

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    1295.00 for a medalist 30 installed

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    What would you do in my situation?

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    I suggest a new correctly sized softener bought online based on your peak demand water flow rate and then the capacity for good salt efficiency for a regeneration about every 7-9 days. Click the link in my signature for instructions on how you do that.
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    CAUTION, as of Nov 12 2013 all YouTube videos showing how to rebuild a Clack valve have an error in them that can cause damage.

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    why buy on line? shipping will kil me

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    If your local culligan dealer has stepped up when there was a challenge and done right and been fair with prices, then there is one choice.
    Another choice would be another dealer in the area that sells either Fleck or Clack systems.

    Any one can sell a system, the real point or deal is what happens after the sell....... will they be there and step up need needed and do the right thing at a fair price.

    Online can work but really only when one is really good a trouble shooting as most of the time one is on their own for working on the system when some thing is not right.

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    I never heard of Fleck or Clack systems. How do they compare with Culligan? I want something that lasts.

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    Both are lasting and are simple to work on.
    Both have valves that have been out for years..
    They are the main stay for a dealer that is NOT of the corp world.

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    I don't recall any online dealer not offering free shipping.

    And even if they didn't, their customers save hundreds to thousands of dollars for usually better quality equipment than the local dealers are selling AND, they get industry standard stuff that they can get parts for from many dealers (local and online) rather than just the one and only proprietary brand dealer they might buy from.

    Funny how many guys with equipment bought from a local dealer show up in DiYer forums like this one asking for help in troubleshooting their softeners etc.. And then dive in to fix the problem themselves instead of calling out the local dealers' service guys to not do much more than attempt to replace the softener etc. with a new one instead of troubleshooting and fixing what is wrong.... All while charging a "fair price" for the service call and raving about their "excellent service".

    Funnier yet is that guy that has already had the local dealer out and shortly after finds that the couple hundred dollar 'fix' didn't fix the problem. And they go online and find places like this. And then thousands more local dealers piss'n moan and whine about the comparatively very few online dealers....
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