12-inchx48-inch resin tank
Riser tube with distributor basket
2 cubic feet fine mesh resin
10 lb KDF85
Fleck 5600SXT Digital Metered Control Head
Choice of connection
Larger Round Brine Tank with Safety Float
Flow meter measures water and regenerates based on water use, not time, conserving salt and water
Contains 2 cubic feet of fine resin capable of removing up to 64,000 grains of compensated hardness (hardness factoring in iron and manganese) between regeneration cycles
Designed to remove hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg odor), chlorine, and a wide range of heavy metals, chlorine
Specifically designed for treatment of both ferrous (red water) and ferric (clear water) iron, up to a maximum of 8 ppm
Treats a maximum flow rate of 16 gallons per minute
Ion exchange process physically removes the ions that cause hard water
Specially designed resin traps iron and manganense as well as the hardness
KDF85 treats low levels of hydrogen sulfide, the cause of rotten egg odor in water
Water that has been softened does not form scale buildup on faucets or fixtures or inside pipes
Soft water improves soap efficiency, reducing the amount required for dishes, laundry, and bathing.
Maximum efficiency with simple LCD display and touchpad controls for user friendly control
Durable, high quality polyglass tank made by a trusted name in tank manufacturing
Used for holding salt used during the regeneration process. Measures approximately 18-inchx33-inch and holds approximately 300 lbs of salt
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.
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.
Iron causes rust buildup that causes appliances, fixtures, clothes, and even hair to turn a red-orange color. Manganese causes a black slime buildup, usually seen in toilet tanks and other areas where water is allowed to stand. Hydrogen sulfide (sulfur) is a common contaminant detectable by a noticable -inchrotten egg-inch odor
Water softeners use an ion-exchange process to remove the ions that create hard water, eliminating hard water and the problems associated with it. Standard softening resin will only remove a small amount of clear water (ferrous) iron only. Fine mesh resin improves that capacity to a moderate level (8 ppm or less) of both clear water and red water (ferric) iron. Adding KDF85 media allows it to treat hydrogen sulfide (sulfur) as well as chlorine and heavy metals
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. 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
A. 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!
A. 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.
A. 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.
A. 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.
A. 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.
A. 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.
A. The only regular maintenance a water softener requires is adding salt to the brine tank, and occasionally cleaning the brine tank.
Shipping was extremely fast and softener came preloaded with resin, which was nice.
Easy installation with online directions. AFW customer service was helpful with two minor questions regarding the install.
Unit works great. Time will tell if it is an improvement over traditional water softener on staining and hard water buildup on appliances.
Seems to be doing a better job of removing sulfur smell from well water.
We have had this up and running for about a month. Our previous crappy little water softener failed a while back. We chose to try and get by with hard water for about a year. Our water hardness was 25, when adjusted for iron, it was a 27. We also had smelly water, It wasn't "sulfur" it was due to another mineral. It also left black slimy stuff in the toilet tanks.
This unit has removed the iron, which was staining the tubs and sinks, removed the smell, and of course made the water soft. Now we can use normal dishwasher detergent, and our glassware is sparkling clean, once again. Great product, easy to install. I got bids from Culligan, and Hague. I would have had to pay them at least $1500 more than what I paid for this unit.
We have only had this unit in place for a few weeks, but the water quality has been tremendous. Our water is now crystal clear and tastes great. We are on a well system with a sulfur issue. This was my first time installing (and putting together) a water softener. Other than a few trips to make sure all of the plumbing fit as it should, the installation and setup was relatively easy. I am very pleased and would recommend this unit to others.