48k Water Softener with Fleck 5600SXT 48,000 Grain Digital Whole House System

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Product Features

Complete System

10-inchx54-inch resin tank
Riser tube with distributor basket
1.5 cubic feet high capacity resin
Fleck 5600SXT Digital Metered Control Head
Choice of connection
Standard Brine Tank with Safety Float


Flow meter measures water and regenerates based on water use, not time, conserving salt and water

48k (48,000) grain capacity

Contains 1.5 cubic feet of high capacity resin capable of removing up to 48,000 grains of hardness between regeneration cycles

12 GPM Service FLow

Treats a maximum flow rate of 12 gallons per minute

Removes Water Hardness

Ion exchange process physically removes the ions that cause hard water

Eliminates Scale

Water that has been softened does not form scale buildup on faucets or fixtures or inside pipes

Reduces Soap Use

Soft water improves soap efficiency, reducing the amount required for dishes, laundry, and bathing.

Fleck 5600SXT Control Head

Maximum efficiency with simple LCD display and touchpad controls for user friendly control

Structural USA Resin Tank

Durable, high quality polyglass tank made by a trusted name it tank manufacturing

High Capacity Resin

High quality ion-exchange resin in the heart of the water softener

Standard Square Brine Tank

Used for holding salt used during the regeneration process. Measure approximately 15-inchx17-inchx33-inch and holds approximately 250 lbs of salt

DIY Installation

Simple system connections and detailed installation instructions allow most homeowners to install this system themselves. For those who prefer to leave the work to a professional, most plumbers can install the system in 1-2 hours.

Product Description

Hard water causes a multitude of problems. Scale build-up restricts pipes, builds up on fixtures, and can degrade appliances. Hard water spots are also common on dishes and many other surfaces. The ions that comprise hard water attract soap molecules, requiring more soap to get the job done. This also causes an increase in soap scum and can prevent the removal of dirt and bacteria when bathing. Hard water has also been know to cause hair and skin to be brittle and dry.

Water softeners use an ion-exchange process to remove the ions that create hard water, eliminating hard water and the problems associated with it. Automatic regeneration initiated by a high quality Fleck metered head means high efficiency, consistent water treatment, and low maintenance. Soft water will extend the life of your appliances, decrease soap requirements, and decrease the occurrence of soap scum. Softer hair and skin are also common when using water that has been softened.

Controlled by the digital Fleck 5600SXT, efficiency and control come together in a user friendly interface. On demand regeneration keeps up with high demands and conserves water and salt when demand is low. This results in consistent treatment and higher efficiency. Backed by an outstanding 5-year warranty and built around the tried and true 5600 valve, these heads are sure to last for years to come.

The durable polyglass resin tank is manufactured by Structural USA and is backed by a 10 year warranty. The simple design allows for installation almost anywhere without being unsightly, and optional tank jackets provided added aesthetics for high visible areas. NOTE: Tank color may vary from the one shown

This system comes complete with a brine tank that includes a float assembly for added reliability and peace of mind. Capable of holding up to 250 lb of salt, the large capacity of this brine tank requires infrequent addition of salt and reduces maintenance. NOTE: Color and design may vary from the system pictured

Simple connections and simple set up make this system great for DIYers. Detailed online installation instructions offer a step-by-step guide on proper installation and set up of the system on installation

More Info

Replacement Resin - AND - Qty Needed:1 of each
Q. What is a water softener?
A water softener is a special filter that uses a process called ion-exchange to remove water hardness, also know as CaCO3, from your water. As the water passes through the softener, univalent sodium or potassium ions on the softening resin exchange with divalent calcium and magnesium ions in the water, eliminating water hardness. Eventually the media in the softener (called softening resin) has exchanged all of its sodium or potassium ions, at which point it will no longer be able to remove any more water hardness. This is why the system regenerates. During this process the system runs a brine solution (water and either sodium or potassium chloride) backwards through the softening resin. This concentrated solution forces the trapped calcium and magnesium ions off the resin and down the drain, replacing them with the sodium or potassium ions needed for softening. With the Fleck control heads, this process is automatic, and only as needed!
Q. What does the grain capacity mean?
Water hardness is usually measured in grains per gallon (GPG). (Some places use parts per million [ppm] or milligrams per liter [mg/L]. To convert your ppm or mg/L to GPG simply divide by 17.1 [Example - 200 ppm or mg/L is equal to 200 / 17.1 = 11.7 GPG]) The grain capacity of a system is how many grains of hardness your system can remove before it needs regenerated. A 32,000 grain or 32k water softener will remove 32,000 grains of water hardness. From that you can determine how many gallons of water you can go through between regenerations. If you have a 32k softener and your water is 15 GPG hard, you can go through 32,000/15=2,133 gallons of water before your softener is exhausted and needs regenerated.
Q. What size system do I need?
There are 2 main factors in determining the size you need: water usage and water hardness. Here is a general guideline on sizing your system: 32k system - 1-2 people, average water use and low hardness (under 15 GPG) 48k system - 3-5 people with average water use or moderate hardness (15-45 GPG) 64k system - 5-7 people with average water use or high hardness (45-65 GPG) Service Flow Rate is the maximum amount of water, in gallons per minute (GPM) that a given system can effectively treat. Always size a system based on water usage first, a system undersized for your water usage may not always filter effectively and will wear out faster.
Q. Are there systems that don't use salt?
Yes, we carry a high quality salt free water conditioner that eliminates hard water problems. Our Scale Sentry system utilizes a specialized media called Filtersorb to provide the same benefits a standard softener offers without the use of salt. In addition, beneficial minerals are left in the water and existing scale is removed as well! In our experience our systems outperform other salt free units, including the "magnetic" and electric systems that are widely available.
Q. Should I be concerned about the salt a water softener puts in my water?
No. The amount of salt put into your water by a water softener is minimal. In fact, in most cases it is low enough that water ran through a softener is still considered "low-sodium" by the FDA. If you want to avoid adding additional sodium to the water all our water softeners can be used with potassium chloride instead of the traditional sodium chloride. If you want to safe drinking water, our drinking water RO systems can turn your ordinary household water into bottled quality drinking water.
Q. What are the differences in the Fleck models 5600, 5600SXT and 7000 control heads?
The Fleck 5600 is your basic mechanical control valve. It does it's job in the most cost effective way possible. It is a metered head so it measures how much water you go through and regenerates based water usage. Due to the mechanical limitations on the head it can only be set to 2,100 gallons, at that point it has to regenerate, so some efficiency can be lost depending on the system size and your water hardness. This head is ideal if you are looking for the lowest cost option. The Fleck 5600SXT works similar to the standard 5600 but uses a digital interface instead of a mechanical one. This makes setup easier, and with the digital control it can be set to go through up to 9,999 gallons of water between regenerations. The 5600SXT can be more efficient that the 5600 because of this, especially in larger homes with lower hardness levels. The other advantage the 5600SXT has is adjustable regeneration cycles, while in most cases these settings won't need to be adjusted, with the 5600SXT the option is there should you ever need it. The Fleck 7000 uses controls similar to the 5600SXT, so it is also in that it is a digital head with backlit LCD display, can be set up to 9,999 gallons, and has adjustable regeneration cycles. The 7000 control is designed as a high flow head, capable of flow rates up to 35 GPM, as compared to the 20 GPM of the 5600 & 5600SXT models, so it offers minimal flow reduction in larger homes. Finally, it is a modular design, simply remove the retaining screw and the head slides apart, making any required maintenance or cleaning a breeze!
Q. What kind of maintenance does this system require?
The only regular maintenance a water softener requires is adding salt to the brine tank, and occasionally cleaning the brine tank.
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13 Reviews

  • 5
    Impressive Setup

    Posted by STEVEN VEGA on Nov 9 2017

    This is my first water softener, bought along with the Air Injection Gold 10 filter. I have it setup in my garage where the pressure tank was already installed. Easy to setup, installation along with the filter took all day since I had to bring in the water from outside and I have a block home. Also wasted a couple hrs looking for 60'of 1/2" ID clear vinyl tubing for draining the 2 units that I forgot to buy. All in all the unit works great, can't believe the difference it makes in the shower and washing dishes.

  • 5
    First class

    Posted by James Lincoln on Jan 28 2017

    I've had different systems and this is the best. Master program took some research but got it right. Tested my water and it showed 0 iron and hardness, well figures are +10. Good shipping and tech. support.

  • 5
    Best Softeners on the Market

    Posted by Edward J OReilly on Apr 5 2016

    Pro: Easy setup, Stainless Steel Bypass valve in cluded, online support. Memory backup. Resin loading funnel included.
    Con: plumbing fittings not included. Recommend quick connect fitting be included. ----- AFW: There are too many variables in how each system will be installed and to what type of pipes will be used. All fittings for the system are included, but basic pipe and fittings to run your water lines vary and cannot be sent

  • 5
    Great suuport

    Posted by Tom on Jan 29 2016

    The main point I want to make is that the support from Abundant Flow was excellent. They were easy to contact and helped me with all my questions.

    We only have the unit installed for a month or so but so far no problems. Easy to setup and Operate. There was some confusion about the O-ring in the control head but other than not everything was as I would expect.

    I also tested our water and the hardness is definitely gone: from 12-15 GPG to basically zero so that unit is functioning as I would expect.

  • 5
    Excellent Product, straightforward installation.

    Posted by grandbob on Nov 29 2015

    My original water softener got to the point where it couldn't maintain pressure in the system if more than one faucet was open. It was an older, low end, and well-used unit, and the resin was beyond its life expectancy. Because it was old I decided to replace the whole unit instead of just the resin. I Googled "best water softener," and a couple sites came up that listed the Fleck 5600 SXT at or very near the top. I found it on Amazon and checked the website of the vendor they listed, which was Abundant Flow. I noticed the scripture in their logo and decided to give them a call. After a short conversation I decided to order direct.

    It shipped and arrived when they said it would, and was delivered undamaged. While I waited for it to come I studied the installation manual I downloaded from their website. It is almost overly detailed/repetitive, but it needs to be because of those who might be too over-experienced or under-experienced. (Yeah, you read that right.) I'm a fairly handy person, so when I was satisfied I understood the steps involved, I performed the installation myself. It went smoothly.

    If you decide to do your own installation, here's a few hints that may help streamline the process: First of all the Fleck unit is taller than most low end softeners, so you may have to purchase longer flex tubes. Just make sure you do this before you begin the installation process.

    Abundant Flow recommends pre-loading the resin and soaking it for 12-24 hours. Although they provided a nice funnel, it would have been even nicer if they would have provided a plug or cap to cover the riser tube while pouring the resin into the cylinder. BTW if they send gravel, DO use it. Just pour it in before the resin. While you are filling the cylinder make sure it is close to its final location. It is heavy and difficult to move when it is full of the gravel, resin, and water.

    If you currently have a softener and if it has its own bypass valve, put the valve into BYPASS and disconnect it from the softener, leaving it in the house circuit. This will allow you to continue to use water (although it will not be softened) while you pull out the old softener and complete the installation of the new one. After you are satisfied that everything new is properly connected together, THEN turn off water to the house, disconnect the old tubes, connect the new tubes, check for leaks, and turn water back on to the house. This shouldn't take more than a few minutes, and you will be able to resume using (the unsoftened) water while you complete the installation of the brine tank, tubing, etc.

    If you have any questions about installation, stop and call the great guys at Abundant Flow before making a guess that might turn out to be wrong. They are friendly, courteous, and really know their stuff.

  • 5
    Great product/Great service

    Posted by Nathan Knox on Oct 16 2015

    We are very happy with this choice and the service that we received from Abundant Flow Water. We received the softener within a few days after purchase (very fast!!). The installation was easy and without issue. We are now enjoying soft water in our home with all it's benefits. Thank you AFW for exceptional service and your fine products. We are very happy!!!

  • 5
    Good Looking Unit

    Posted by Unknown on Oct 7 2015

    I'm pleased with the looks of my softner and especially the shipping and handling service. No installed yet, but I plan to do that within the next week. Hopefully, it works as good as it looks. Great instructions, etc.

  • 5
    48K Water Softener/Carbon Tank System (Whole House)

    Posted by Dan Hembree on May 17 2015

    After performing countless hours researching various water systems, I decided to purchase a tandem tank water system from Abundant Flow Water. Due to family allergies and other sensitivities, I opted for a standard carbon tank with a customized blend of media, followed by 48k grain water softener w/ brine storage tank. In addition, we added two tandem 20" big blue post filters. Since I intended to reroute water lines and install the system myself, I had a little extra room in my budget. I enjoy DIY projects, so this was a perfect option. The equipment and carbon media arrived on one full pallet, shrink wrapped and boxed up securely to minimize potential damage in transit. I noticed one of the control heads was equipped with a smaller (1.25") inflow/outflow adapter (I had ordered 1.5") than originally ordered. Upon discovering, I spoke with Mark and he promptly sent out the correctly sized adapter, with a pre-paid envelope for the returning part. The water system has been fully operational for approximately 1 month (install date 4/25/11) and we are very pleased with both the water quality and performance of the system. I've compared my system with other more well-known brands and can say the quality is either equivalent or better in most cases. Overall, I am very happy with our decision to purchase from AWF.

    Thank You Mark for your timely responses to my email questions and quick turnaround for misc parts.

  • 5

    Posted by Ken E. on Mar 13 2015

    The softener arrived in record time ( one day sooner than expected ). Since we already had a whole house water softener ( the one that doesn't use salt ) it was simply a matter of swapping out the old for the new. The setup was easy and now we have a softener that actually gives you soft water. I also noticed that you don't get the slimy feeling when you shower, very nice !

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