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CARE OF YOUR SOFTENER
3B. KEEPING THE WATER SOFTENER CLEAN
To keep your new Kenmore water softener looking
nice,apply acoat of paste wax and repeat once ayear.
When dusty, wipe it with a damp cloth to keep it
Never use cleaners having ammonia or abrasives.
They may scratch and dull the surface.
NOZZLE & VENTURI
A clean nozzle and venturi (FIG. 10) is a must for the
softener to work right. This small unit moves brine
from the salt storage tank to the resin tank during
regeneration. If it becomes plugged with sand, silt,
dirt, etc., the softener will not work and you will get
To get to the nozzle and venturi, remove the softener
top cover. Be sure the softener is in service cycle (no
water pressure at nozzle and venturi), then turn off
the cap from the nozzle and venturi housing. Do not
losethe largeo-ring seal. Lift out thescreen supportand
screen, then the nozzle and venturi. Wash and rinse
the parts in warm water until clean. If needed, use a
small brush to remove iron or dirt. Also check and
clean the gasket.
Carefully replace all parts in the correct order.
Lubricate the o-ring seal with silicone grease or
Vaseline and place in position. Install and tighten
the cap, by hand only. Do not overtighten and
break the cap or housing.
FIG. 10 CLEANING THE NOZZLE &
*Install with numbered side up concave
side down. Be sure the largest flow plug is
located in the nozzle & venturi housing.
Nozzle & Venturi
Nozzle & Venturi
IMPORTANT: Be sure small
holes in the gasket are cen-
tered directly over the small
holes in the nozzle & venturi
IRON FROM THE RESIN BED
Your water softener takes hardness minerals (cal-
cium and magnesium) out of the water. Also, it can
control some “clear water” iron. See maximum
allowed in the specifications on page 20. With clear
water iron, water from a faucetis clear when first put
into a glass. After 15 to 30 minutes, the water begins
to cloud or turn rust colored. A water softener WILL
NOT remove anyironwhich makes the watercloudy
or rusty as it comes from the faucet (called red water
iron). To take red water iron out of water, or over the
maximum of clear water iron, an iron filter or other
equipment is needed. Your local Sears store has
trained peopleto help you with iron water problems.
If your water supply has clear water iron, even
though less than the maximum allowed, regular
resin bed cleaning is needed. Sears has resin bed
cleaner, Item No. 42-34426 for this. Clean the bed at
least every 6 months. If iron shows up in the soft
water before 6 months, clean more often. Printed
instructions are on the resin bed cleaner bottle.