Water Softener Valve Recommendation
Fleck 5600 Econominder
Water Softener Valve
Quality Water Conditioning Control
... your key to efficiency, reliability, and savings
The 5600 Econominder saves up to 50 % in salt and uses considerably less water by automatically regenerating only when regeneration is needed. Unnecessary regenerations are eliminated by a simple, mechanical meter that monitors the water you use. Other brands use electronic metering. Electronic controls are not as reliable ( in my opinion ) and are always more expensive to repair ( the circuit boards are never cheap ).
My personal experience with the various control valves installed on water softening systems, has proven to me that the Fleck 5600 Econominder control valve is more durable and easier to work on than any of the others out there. Fleck has over 25% market share in residential control valves. The parts are readily available from any professional water dealer ( no matter what "brand" they may sell ) and of course on our web site.
The Fleck 5600 valve has been in production since 1979. It is an extremely reliable valve. I have had very good results with our units, which makes for satisfied customers and has contributed greatly to word of mouth sales.
The Autotrol control valve ( Series 255 ) is also commonly used and the parts are readily available. However, I have found that the valve discs can not handle chlorinated water. And there are many more moving parts that do fail with time.