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comment Why isn't this water softener shutoff valve configuration preventing water from running in my house
This is helpful. I figured out another way to tell where water is flowing. The pipes are in the sun in the afternoon. If water is flowing through them, they cool down very noticeably within just a couple seconds. My tests indicate that in the configuration in my photo, water is in fact not flowing as the pipes do not cool down. If I open the middle bypass valve with a faucet running in the house, those pipes immediately cool down. If I open the two softener valves, those cool down too. I guess this means there must be a cross-connection upstream somewhere short-circuiting my softener?
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comment Why isn't this water softener shutoff valve configuration preventing water from running in my house
I figured out a cool trick to determine when and where the water is flowing. I can let the pipes heat up from the outside air by not running water inside for awhile. Then, when I run water, I can feel which pipes get cold as those are the ones getting water flow. Turns out all the valves are working correctly and water is indeed flowing through here if I open the valves - it must also be flowing through somewhere else when the valves are closed. Guess there is no alternative to a trip through the crawlspace.
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comment Why isn't this water softener shutoff valve configuration preventing water from running in my house
Is there some way I can confirm that this valve is broken without removing it? The force to turn the valve doesn't seem like a sure sign.
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comment Why isn't this water softener shutoff valve configuration preventing water from running in my house
Actually on another try, the middle valve does seem a little easier to turn than the other two. I might be imagining things though, it's not completely loose or anything.
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comment Why isn't this water softener shutoff valve configuration preventing water from running in my house
Sorry about the mess of pipes in the picture. The thing on top is the tankless water heater. The blue can on the right is the water softener. The painted vertical pipes going to the water heater are hot, cold, and gas. The unpainted pipes heading right out of the picture then run in through the water softener. The softener is definitely getting water when I open these valves and is not getting water when the valves are closed. The house and hot water tank seem to be getting water in either configuration.
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comment Why isn't this water softener shutoff valve configuration preventing water from running in my house
I tried pretty much all of the water in the house short of the dishwasher and sprinklers, but including outside faucets. Everything still seems to flow fine.
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comment Why isn't this water softener shutoff valve configuration preventing water from running in my house
Pretty much. Out of curiosity though, why would the force required matter?
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comment Why isn't this water softener shutoff valve configuration preventing water from running in my house
Is it plausible that one of the valves might be broken internally and letting water through? Unfortunately it is incredibly difficult to get to this part of the crawl space so I want to eliminate ask other options first.
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comment What kind of timer socket is this and how can I get it working?
@Steven, I guess this one is probably dead. Would I need an electrician to install this or could I just turn off the circuit, unscrew, and put in a new one? I've done plenty of low-voltage wiring (cat5e stripping, crimping, terminating, etc) before, but the high voltage stuff, especially outdoors, seems a little bit more risky.
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comment What kind of timer socket is this and how can I get it working?
The outlets are both powered, so I guess the default for this switch is on. I tried pushing all of the buttons and flipping the switch at the bottom and nothing seemed to do anything at all unfortunately.
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