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Brine Suction problem with Fleck 5600 or similar Hankscraft Valve
Last Updated: 04/16/2016
If your Fleck 5600 ( or similar Hankscraft design ) Valve is not drawing ( sucking in ) the salt water from your brine tank,
then here is a list of things to check and information about Brine Suction Failure.
see:
Brine Tank Overflow

and watch videos about these parts,
Refilling when it should Sucking Water out

and
Water Flowing to Salt Tank

and
Check Injector Set

and
Check Drain Line Flow Control ( DLFC )

and
Replacing Pistons and Seals

And if the problem is the Brine Pick Up Float Shut off see this replacement,
Brine Pick Up with Float Shut

Check all connections from the Valve to the Brine Pick Up Tube.
Do you have the required "ferrule" on the brine tubing, as that is what creates the "seal" and not the threads of the fittings.

Check to see if the Valve is creating the required Suction.

Remove the Brine fitting at the Valve ( brass nut ) and manually advance to the Brine Rinse cycle... you should have suction that you can hear and feel at the brass connection of the Valve.
If you do not.. there is a problem with the Valve ( injector, seal, drain flow ).
If you do have suction, then the problem is Not with the Valve, but has something to do with either the Brine tubing, connections, or the Brine Pick Up tube in the salt tank ( is that new or old ? As it's possible for the Brine Pick Up to be blocking flow out due to pre-mature "air check".. rare, but something to consider if Valve is working and connections are all good ).
And last but not least, on an older systems that has been using Pellet type salt for many many years, you can have a blockage at the bottom of your Brine tank created by old un-dissolved salt.

** In Summary, regarding the problems we see most often,

If the problem is FILLING when there should be SUCTION,
There are really only 3 common causes for the problem.
In order of most common to least common,

1 ) Drain obstruction ( partial clog or back pressure in drain pipe, especially common in drains that run "uphill" )

2 ) Injectors ( screen clogged, or injector nozzle / throat cracked, or not screwed in securely to the injector drain module )

3 ) Seals and Main Piston ( badly worn, damaged, or in the wrong order, or you put the mechanical Piston in an Electronically controlled Model ).



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