Hello, I recently purchased a new Culligan 10" Gold Water Softener (with a flow meter, not an Aqua Sensor). My dealer has been helpful but due to some lengthy issues/complicated issues, I wanted to ask for an unbiased answer to a couple quick questions.
The details of our household:
30 GPG Hard
10" Unit can "handle" 46,800 grains of hardness at an 18 lb dosage
pH is fine
I'm trying to get to get a regeneration cycle of no less than every 4 days.
1) Do I need to manually set the salt (KCL) dosage or does the unit somehow automagically know what to set? After the installer left, the salt dosage is at 13 lbs.
2) The 10" unit normally comes with an 18" 375 lb brine tank, due to circumstances, I'm actually using a 16" 250 lb brine tank. Should I be worried about over flowing? or does the float need to be set to a different level?
3) There is a nozzle called an "Eductor Nozzle". The owners manual states the 10" Gold unit uses a Beige nozzle, the one in my unit is Blue. Will that make a difference?
4) Does the Maxcapp or batch setting need to be manually adjusted?
Basically on all the questions, I had a 9" resin tank switched out for a 10" tank. All the installer did was change the programming to reflect the 9" to 10" change, nothing else. I'm not convinced that the settings were "right" to begin with and that there isn't something more that needs to be adjusted given the details of my household.
I hope this makes some sense...
The other questions are based on a slight lack of confidence in the programming of the unit and it's compatibility with the parts that came with the 9" unit. You are correct, the 10" (1.5cf) is a bit undersized, but it's better than the 9" 1.0cf I was originally sold. Sadly I'm learning as I go. :-(
They told me the Eductor Nozzle that came with the 9" was interchangeable with the 10". The owners manual lists a different Nozzle but the service manual (which I got directly from Culligan) states either or. Because I have no clue what the Eductor Nozzle does, I wanted to ask here. I'd rather not go 10 years down the road only to find that the settings/parts were incorrect/inefficient.
Speaking of efficiency, the owners manual states 4,800 gr/lb @ 6 lb salt dosage. Is that pretty bad or average? The specsl also state that I need set the salt to 18lbs to get 46,800 out of the unit. I assume I have to do this manually?
Any other advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated...short of returning the unit. ;-)
I based my decision on getting the 10" unit on these numbers and assuming a regeneration every 4 days.
5 people x 75 gallons each used per day = 375 (which we rarely use, more like 250 Gallons per day)
375 gallons used per day x 30 GPG Hard = 11250 Grains needed to be removed per day.
The 10 inch unit states 46,800 can be removed at an 18 lb dosage, so.
46,800 total grains / 11,250 needed to be removed per day = 4.16 days between regeneration. It sounds like your saying I should have picked a bigger unit that could go longer between regenerations?
Regarding the Eductor (injector)...even through the service manual states either/or on the Blue or the Beige, sounds like I should just ask for the Beige anyway. The owners manual states a Brine Refill Flow 0.45 gpm for either of those two nozzles. I'm not sure what the difference would be.
I need to manually set to KCL dosage, and 13 lbs is obviously incorrect.
The smaller Brine Tank should be fine as long as I don't load it to full (maybe halfway?).
I should strongly consider going to a larger unit. They have a 2.0cf and a 3.0cf. I'm not sure how I would present my case to them considering they have already upgraded for free from the 9" to the 10". Based on how you size softeners, is the 10" greatly undersized for my family, or just slightly?
That 4800 is great efficiency but you aren't working with 6lb/cuft (1.5*6=9lbs), you are at 13lbs (13/1.5=8.7lbs/cuft) and we don't know the efficiency because we have to know the capacity it regenerates. And to get 46.8K, you need to use 18 lbs, and 18/1.5 = 2600 grains/lb efficiency.
The K of capacity is dictated by the salt dose lbs in a given volume and type of resin. IOWs, the K of capacity is adjustable and depends on the salt dose for whatever cuft of resin in the tank. The maximum capacity uses the maximum lbs of salt.
Just minutes ago a guy in NV ordered a 2.5 cuft for his 4 person household with 25 gpg water and he will program 14.5 lbs and 48K. He has a large tub and 3.5 bathrooms with 1" plumbing and that 2.5 cuft gives him a constant SFR of 18 gpm. It will regenerate on average every 8 days.
As I've replied in many old threads you've post this in, as soon as you show us the Kinetico figure for whatever model Kinetico you use.