08:26AM | 08/01/03
Member Since: 07/31/03
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Anyone able to explain the rotary timer settings for a Kenmore 70 water softener, from 1989? There are six buttons on the rotary control, with combinations selecting regeneration frequency. The Owner's Manual is no longer available. Will appreciate any information.

Thank you.


05:41PM | 09/02/03
Member Since: 09/01/03
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I have just replaced one of these units.
Each segment represents a day. Pressing in 1, 3 and 5 means the unit will recharge every other day. The time of day is set along the "1" segment.
There is a table in the manual relating hardness of water (and iron content) and number of people in the household to the regeneration dial setting and the salt saver setting in the brine well. If you give me your particulars, I can tell you the settings.


03:56AM | 09/03/03
Member Since: 07/31/03
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Thank you for your reply. We have two adults, and a toddler. We have very hard water. I am not sure about iron. The control had 3 and 6 pushed in, when we bought the place, and it seemed to run every three days. I do not know anything about a brine saver setting. I have tried another setting, i.e., just having 6 pushed in. This seemed too infrequent. I tried 2 and 6, think every four days might be sufficient. It seemed to run four days, between 2 and 6, but then only two days from 6 to 2. Not having a manual, I went back to 3 and 6. If you have any information, I will appreciate it. Thank you, David


04:00PM | 09/03/03
Member Since: 09/01/03
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You need to have your water tested (the hard water after running it for a minute). You can have it done at any major ***** store. They have sample collection bottles there as well. You can also use a very clean bottle, but traces of soap or what was in it will likely throw off the reading. If you don't have a local ***** , you can have it tested at a well driller or other water treatmet service. Then you will know your hardness and iron content. A toddler probably uses more water than an adult, with diaper laundering (archaic, I know).
The brine saver is in the brine well, the black cylinder inside the salt storage tank. You have to disconnect the two hoses (remember which went where), remove the lid and pull out the assembly including the part where the hoses were connected. At the bottom of the unit is a "ruler" scale. The setting is the number showing in the "window" near the bottom of the sleeve holding the ruler. It sets the pounds of salt used per regeneration. The other setting is the days between regeneration (dial). Don't take the unit out of the brine well unless you are going to set it because it is a hassle.
If you are not willing to go through all this, just set the unit to recharge every third day as it was when you moved in and if you run out of soft water frequently, set it to every other day and so forth. If you do get your water tested, I can tell you the two correct settings.


04:01PM | 09/03/03
Member Since: 09/01/03
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note ***** = S-e-a-r-s in previous reply


03:08PM | 07/22/14
Member Since: 07/22/14
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I'm afraid mine might be older, BUT I do believe still works! I have lived in this house for five years, bought it 3 years ago and always thought my soft water tank didn't work! I plugged it in one day and it started ticking! I wasn't plugged in when I moved in so I figured if I can get it to work for now might as well use it! There are NO buttons pushed in but will gladly post pics if anyone can help! PPPLLLEEEAAASSSEEE!! We live in Colorado where the water is HARD as can be and us eating all my plumbing fixtures!
Thanks in advance to ANYONE!
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