5600SXT Settings Check/Seeking Salt Savings

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Hello.
Can someone please help me out to see if my current settings look good.
I am also seeking to save a bit more salt.
Family of 5.
*I have tested my water with a Hach 5-B test, it only takes 1 drop and it turns blue.

My resin tank is 10x54 and brine tank is 15x34

Fleck 5600SXT Settings:
DF = Gal
VT = dF1b
CT = Fd
NT = 1
C = 24
H = 16
RS = rc
RC = 0
DO = 30
RT = 2:00
BW = 10
Bd = 60
RR = 12
BF = 10
FM = t.07

Thank you for taking the time to help me out
 

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"*I have tested my water with a Hach 5-B test, it only takes 1 drop and it turns blue."

I think you tested your softened water rather than your raw water.

Outside spigots usually deliver raw water.

We could assume that the H =14 is appropriate.


Revised based on number from https://terrylove.com/forums/index.php?threads/help-for-programming-fleck-5810.82673/#post-595983
The less salt per cubic ft, the more salt efficient, but more hardness breakthrough.
BLFC : 0.5
cubic ft resin 1.5

lb/cuft C= BF= grains/pound of salt
4.0 25.1 4 4191
5.0 28.7 5 3820 #leaner than most
6.0 31.5 6 3503 #pretty low salt use that is often used.
7.0 33.9 7 3231 # between
8.0 36.0 8 2997 #moderate salt use, but still a tad more salt efficient than current.
9.0 37.7 9 2795
10.0 39.3 10 2617 #you are currently using BF=10.
11.0 40.6 11 2461
12.0 41.8 12 2323

So if you want to try a more salt-efficient number, try BF=6 and C=31. If you like that, keep it. If not soft enough for you, pick a different pair.
 
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"*I have tested my water with a Hach 5-B test, it only takes 1 drop and it turns blue."

I think you tested your softened water rather than your raw water.

Outside spigots usually deliver raw water.

We could assume that the H =14 is appropriate.


Revised based on number from https://terrylove.com/forums/index.php?threads/help-for-programming-fleck-5810.82673/#post-595983
The less salt per cubic ft, the more salt efficient, but more hardness breakthrough.
BLFC : 0.5
cubic ft resin 1.5

lb/cuft C= BF= grains/pound of salt
4.0 25.1 4 4191
5.0 28.7 5 3820 #leaner than most
6.0 31.5 6 3503 #pretty low salt use that is often used.
7.0 33.9 7 3231 # between
8.0 36.0 8 2997 #moderate salt use, but still a tad more salt efficient than current.
9.0 37.7 9 2795
10.0 39.3 10 2617 #you are currently using BF=10.
11.0 40.6 11 2461
12.0 41.8 12 2323

So if you want to try a more salt-efficient number, try BF=6 and C=31. If you like that, keep it. If not soft enough for you, pick a different pair.
Yes, I tested my softened water with a Hach 5-B test.

* Another question: Does my RC setting need to be updated? I looked at other threads in the forum today and it seems I'm the only one using zero.

I will try the update you suggested. Thank you.
 

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* Another question: Does my RC setting need to be updated? I looked at other threads in the forum today and it seems I'm the only one using zero.
I think so.

Usually you would want RC to be set to the size of the reserve, in gallons.

Let R= the reserve in gallons. Then during regen, the display gallons starts as C/H-R. Then each 2AM, the controller check if the count-down has hit zero, or beyond into the reserve. If it has, regenerate. If there is even 1 gallon remaining, it does not regen, and will check again the next 2 AM.

Typically reserve value is 60 times the number of people.

It is not a hard transition from soft to hard. If you have not noticed lack of softness the day before regen, you probably have some margin. The numbers usually build in some margin.

You did not comment if your water is city water or you have your own well. If city water, the resin will degrade with time. That time varies, but might be on the order of 10 years. I don't know what difference in resin life occurs because the city uses chloramine vs chlorine. If well water, and if there is iron, resin can degrade, but can usually be brought back with treatment.
 

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I think so.

Usually you would want RC to be set to the size of the reserve, in gallons.

Let R= the reserve in gallons. Then during regen, the display gallons starts as C/H-R. Then each 2AM, the controller check if the count-down has hit zero, or beyond into the reserve. If it has, regenerate. If there is even 1 gallon remaining, it does not regen, and will check again the next 2 AM.

Typically reserve value is 60 times the number of people.

It is not a hard transition from soft to hard. If you have not noticed lack of softness the day before regen, you probably have some margin. The numbers usually build in some margin.

You did not comment if your water is city water or you have your own well. If city water, the resin will degrade with time. That time varies, but might be on the order of 10 years. I don't know what difference in resin life occurs because the city uses chloramine vs chlorine. If well water, and if there is iron, resin can degrade, but can usually be brought back with treatment.
City water.

I will update my RC along with the other settings above.
 
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