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How do I disconnect my water softener

I talked with a sears representative 30 minutes ago -- he said any water softener past 10 years old should be replaced -- I have the kenmore ultrasoft 200 - it's about 12 years old - I haven't used it with rock salt for at least a year- now it is leaking - started as a small "overflow" valve leak -- after I took apart cleaned and replaced the nozzle and venturi --I now have a much larger leak -- I think i didn't secure the 0 ring properly --

anyway - long story short -- I just want to route the water past the water softener straight to the water heater -

I know where the bypass valve is and know that if I pushi it the other way that is part of the process - what I don't know is which valves are the outlet and inlet valves - my water softener is in the garage (with the bypass valves -- the outlet and inlet valves are outside and there are more than two valves --

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When you push the bypass valve on the back of the softener that should bypass the softener and that be it. There shouldn't be anything else that needs to be done. Any other valves that may be in place were something added by whomever plumbed the softener in and I have no clue what they may or may not be. The way the valve system on the softener is set up is so water comes into the valve on the machine and then goes out. If you push the bypass then it will not going into the machine but will just go right across to the outflow. You can (in many cases) take the valve off of the softener and move the softener and the valve (bypass assembly) will still be in place.

If yours is not set up this way, you will really need to have a plumber come take a look to see what's going on with it.

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by Manage My Life
August 5th, 2011
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afritz afritz
Providing a complete model number to your question will definitely help an expert better your search. If you would like to reply back to this thread with a complete model number included I would be more than happy to assist you. Have a great day.
by afritz afritz Earned 1,258 community points in Appliances
August 4th, 2011
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