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Backwash Only Valve Replacement Options
Last Updated: 12/17/2017
If replacing a Fleck 5600 or similar Backwash Only Valve,
We recommend one of the following,

Fleck 5600 in standard or "L" power head with 12 day timer,

for less cost, the Hankscraft Valves will do the same job and just 95% the same parts as Fleck 5600.

12 day Hankscraft Backwash Only,

and a Digital controlled valve by Hankscraft will run the entire process quicker, and cycle times are adjustable,

OTHER Backwash Only Valves:

If you need backwash rates exceeding 7 GPM ( larger tank or heavier media ),
see Fleck 2510

or Fleck 2750

Or Commercial Valve,
Fleck 2850

** Also, we sell Autotrol backwash only valves,
Model 253

Model 263

** Additional INFORMATION to help you understand the valve's operation:
What is the difference between metered demand control and 12 day skipper wheel? * Metered.. Meter Demand Operation ** The Fleck 5600 version - 12 day works ( regenerates ) according to the "days" or "pins" you slide out ... no tracking of water used... just "runs" every set number of days.

* See this Video showing the Time Clock and Metered Versions compared,

Difference between Softener Valve and Backwash only Valve = Fleck 5600 Conversion Video

To regenerate the Fleck 5600 valve used on softener,
without working timer motor.

The following steps are involved in regeneration:
Time to leave in each cycle

Regen - none, valve does nothing in that position Rinse - none really, just move control knob until you hear the water flowing out the drain, and you'll be in Backwash cycle.

Backwash - 10 minutes
( usually 15 minutes for Backwash only applications ).

Brine rinse - 50 minutes ( and no less, as this is the most critical cycle )
** Nothing happens if during this time on a Backwash Only Valve ( no brine piston or brine cam gear used ).

Rapid rinse - 10 minutes
( usually 15 minutes for Backwash only applications ).

Settle rinse - 5 minutes

Brine refill - until it refills back to normal water level in brine tank ( 6 - 16 minutes ).
** Nothing happens if during this time on a Backwash Only Valve ( no brine piston or brine cam gear used ).

The 5600 Filter Valves using black top filter piston ( PN 60102-10 ), and if BACKWASH ONLY ( not connected to any type of "feeder" tank for potassium, salt, or chlorine) you would SKIP the Brine Rinse and Brine Refill.
Also the Backwash time would be increased to 15 minutes ( also the Rapid Rinse cycle to 15 minutes ).

See more on the Differences in Main Piston Assemblies ( 60102-00, -10, -20 ).

Also this Short Video on Manually cycling the Fleck 5600,

Parts to convert a Fleck 5600 valve from Water Softener to Backwash Only operation.
[Fleck Injector Size / Color:U = undrilled ( Nozzle only = BLACK )]

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