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OWNER'S MANUAL
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Water Softeners
With High Performance Valve
MODEL NOS.
IntelliSoft 420 Series 625.384260
IntelliSoft 420 Series 625.394260
Caution:
Read and follow all safety rules and operating
instructions before first use of this product.
Questions ?
Visit www.KenmoreWater.com
or call toll free 1-800-426-9345 (M - F, 7AM - 8 PM CST)
Repair or Parts ? Call toll free 1-800-366-7278
See back cover for other Sears service numbers.
SAVE THIS MANUAL
Use the plastic bag and tie provided, to hang manuals nearby
the softener for future reference.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., 3333 Beverly Road, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 USA
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
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www.KenmoreWater.com
• Warranty
• Installation
• Start Up / Setting Timer
• How It Works
• Care Of
• Specifications
• Repair Parts
Systems Tested and Certified by NSF International against
NSF/ANSI Standard 44 for softener performance,
and the reduction of barium and radium 226/228.
Part No. 7282611 (Rev. E 10/18/06)

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  • Page 1 OWNER'S MANUAL Water Softeners With High Performance Valve MODEL NOS. IntelliSoft 420 Series 625.384260 IntelliSoft 420 Series 625.394260 Caution: Read and follow all safety rules and operating instructions before first use of this product. Questions ? Visit www.KenmoreWater.com or call toll free 1-800-426-9345 (M - F, 7AM - 8 PM CST) Repair or Parts ? Call toll free 1-800-366-7278 See back cover for other Sears service numbers.
  • Page 2 ONE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY ON WATER SOFTENER When installed, operated and maintained according to all instructions supplied with the product, if this Kenmore Elite appliance fails due to a defect in material and workmanship within one year from the date of purchase, call 1-800-4-MY-HOME...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Water Flow Rate ___________________________ Gallons Per Minute * The model number is on the rating decal, located on the rim, under the salt hole cover. Call the Kenmore Water Line at 1-800-426-9345 or visit KenmoreWater.com For repair or replacement parts, call toll-free 1-800-366-7278 See back cover for other Sears service numbers.
  • Page 4: Safety Guides

    Reading this book will also help you to get all of the benefits from your water softener. Y Your Kenmore Water Softener will remove hardness minerals from water. This is measured in grains per gallon (gpg). It will also remove some clear water iron*, barium and radium 226/228**.
  • Page 5: Unpack And Check Shipment

    Contact the store where purchased if problems exist. PARTS DESCRIPTIONS Salt Hole Nozzle Cover Assembly Assembly (Open) Salt Storage Tank Resin Tank Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Packing List Valve Face Plate owner’s manual Cover (Main) Brinewell Cover Brinewell Ground Clamp Kit Brine Valve...
  • Page 6: Plan Your Installation: Tools Needed, Materials Needed

    • Always put a Neutralizer BEFORE an Iron Filter, etc., as shown. * A Taste & Odor Filter may be used before or after the water softener. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Phillips Screwdriver THREADED PIPE • Hacksaw or Pipe Cutter •...
  • Page 7 See Fig. 3. 5. Do not install in a place where the softener could freeze. Damage caused by freezing voids the war- ranty by Sears, Roebuck and Co. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Outside faucet (Hard Water) Shut-off...
  • Page 8 Make a list of all materials you will need and buy them before you begin to install the water softener. 120V - 60Hz Electrical Outlet Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 water heater kitchen bathroom outside -soft bypass...
  • Page 9 (see Fig. 16) to change the soften- er to a 1/2 inch minimum copper tubing drain. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 SOLDERED 1” NPT sweat...
  • Page 10 NOTE: Add these readings to the Facts and Figure table on page 3. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 If you have a well water system, look at the pressure gauge to find the water pressure. Call your local water department if you have city water.
  • Page 11: Install Inlet/outlet Adapters Or Bypass Valves, Three Way Valves

    Snap the two large holding clips into place, as shown. See Fig. 11. CAUTION: Be sure the clips snap firmly into place so the tubes will not pull out. See Fig. 11. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Shutoff Shutoff Valve...
  • Page 12 When all pipe, fittings and valves make a good fit together, tighten all threaded joints (use pipe dope on outside threads), or solder all sweat joints. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Bypass Valve or Installation Adaptor Sensor Port...
  • Page 13: Install Softener And Connect Pipes

    Wait until soldered pipe has cooled before connection. See Fig. 15. CAUTION: Be careful when putting pipe fittings together. Do not cross thread, and do not overtight- Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 MOVE SOFTENER INTO PLACE Grip under ridge to move softener.
  • Page 14: Connect Valve And Salt Tank Drains

    Item No. 42-3433 (20 ft). Overflow Drain Tubing Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 per tube is also best to use for an overhead drain. Use a copper drain tube if the softener is installed outside, or in the sunlight. Heat from the sun can soften, flatten and close up some kinds of tubes.
  • Page 15: Leak Test

    This normally occurs the first time water runs through the resin bed. The dis- colored water is not harmful, and the discol- oration will not last more than a few minutes. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Leak Test Shutoff Valve Water...
  • Page 16: Electrical Requirements

    Be sure the electrical outlet you plug the trans- former into is inside, to protect from weather. PLUG IN THE TRANSFORMER Plug the transformer into the electrical outlet. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 COLD WATER PIPE GROUNDING Ground Clamp (2)
  • Page 17: Install Covers And Restart Water Heater

    For example, while setting the hardness the beeper sounds repeatedly when the display reaches 1 using the DOWN button, or the highest hard- ness setting using the UP button.time rapidly. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Cover (Main) REGENERATION Button...
  • Page 18 1 between 1 and 25. Between 25 and the highest number, the display changes 5 at a time (25, 30, 35, etc.) Holding the UP or DOWN button in changes the display twice each second. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Program The Timer Present Time: 11:36...
  • Page 19: Program The Timer

    However, regenerations may occur at the wrong time of day until you reset the timer to the correct time of day. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Recharge Time: 2:00 CHANGE SELECT FIG.
  • Page 20: Sanitize The Water Softener

    This normally occurs the first time water runs through the resin bed. The discolored water is not harmful, and the discoloration will not last more than a few minutes. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Salt Hole Cover , unscent-...
  • Page 21: Add Salt To Storage Tank

    This is avail- able at your local Sears store. Persons who are concerned about their drinking water should consider a Kenmore Drinking Water System that will remove or reduce in excess of 90% of the sodium and other drinking water contaminants.
  • Page 22: Install Check List

    CHECK LIST OF STEP-BY-STEP GUIDES TO INSTALL Review the following list to ensure you have completed all the installation procedures. ____1. Check the incoming water. Has incoming water been tested? ____2. Remove cardboard packaging from salt tank. ____3. Is the incoming water going to the valve inlet? ____4.
  • Page 23: Faceplate Timer Features

    Language for all screens can be in English, Spanish or French. Move the black bar to Language, and press SELECT. Move black bar over your choice and press SELECT. Screen returns to Settings Menu. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 RECHARGE 141:07 Time Left...
  • Page 24 NOTE: The display automatically defaults to this screen and the tank light turns on when the salt cover is opened on the softener and returns to nor- mal operating screen when salt cover is closed. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Language English Español Français...
  • Page 25 Salt Effiecient or Max. Salt Efficient is selected. NOTE: The state of California requires a setting of Salt Efficient or Max. Salt Efficient. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Salt Salt Alert Level: CHANGE SELECT FIG.
  • Page 26 SELECT once more to return to normal operating screen. If 12 Hour clock is chosen, an AM or PM will be displayed, be sure that time is correctly set for AM or Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Salt 5:39 0.0 gpm...
  • Page 27 Factory Defaults resets all settings. You must repro- gram the timer to any customized settings if this option is used. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 SERVICE MODE Time Options Diagnosics Set Model...
  • Page 28 Important: The ultra cleansing feature is not intended Top Distributor to replace pretreatment filtration. For problem water applications, additional sediment filtration is recom- mended. FIG. 50 Sears offers a full line of dedicated sediment filtration products. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345...
  • Page 29: How Your Water Softener Works

    As you use more water, fill time increases so more brine is made. The greater amount of brine cleans more hardness minerals from the resin bed. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 WATER FLOW THROUGH THE SOFTENER IN SERVICE Soft Water...
  • Page 30 The bed lifts and expands for good cleaning. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 WATER FLOW THROUGH THE SOFTENER IN...
  • Page 31 The computer always adjusts this pattern to your water using habits. It works toward providing you with soft water for the longest time and at the most efficient salt usage. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 WATER FLOW THROUGH THE SOFTENER IN FAST RINSE...
  • Page 32: Care Of Your Water Softener

    If the wrong kind of salt made the bridge, take it out. Then fill the tank with nugget or pellet salt only. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 SALT BRIDGE Push tool into salt bridge to break 1”...
  • Page 33 Clean the bed at least every six (6) months. If iron shows up in the soft water before six (6) months, clean more often. Printed instructions are on the resin bed cleaner bottle. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Cleaning Nozzle & Venturi O-Ring Seal Screen...
  • Page 34 Leave the softener laying like this until you are ready to use it. Plug the inlet and outlet with rags to keep dirt, bugs, etc. out. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 DRAIN ALL WATER FROM SOFTENER Floor Drain Wood Block FIG.
  • Page 35: Care Of Your Water Softener

    Salty tasting water Restricted drain line immediately after regeneration Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 CAUSE Add salt, see page 21, or break the salt bridge, see page 29. Press REGENERATION button and hold to start a regeneration, see page 23.
  • Page 36: Specifications

    * Capacity to remove clear water iron is substantiated by WQA test data. State of Wisconsin requires additional treatment if water supply contains greater than 5 ppm clear water iron. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Specifications Bypass valve(s) should always remain in soft water service position.
  • Page 37: Performance Claims

    The efficiency rating is only valid at the minimum stated salt dosage. These softeners were efficiency rated acocording to NSF / ANSI Standard 44. Contaminant Barium Radium 226/228 Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Specifications Performance Claims Influent Challenge Level 10 ±10% mg/L...
  • Page 38: Service Tech Information

    4. Is the transformer plugged into a “live”, grounded wall outlet, and the power cable fastened secure- ly to the controller? Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 BACK OF TIMER (PWA) MOTOR POS/TURBINE AC INPUT 5.
  • Page 39 You should get a reading in the display. If you get a reading, unhook the in and out plumbing and check the turbine for binding. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Error #1 Service Required See Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 40 NOTE: The valve motor may automatically drive through several valve positions while searching for service. If an error code occurs, unplug the transformer, then plug in again. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Position Switch Valve Outlet Set Model :...
  • Page 41 NOTE: If water system pressure is low, an elevated drain hose may cause back pressure, stopping brine draw. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 0.3 (1.1 liters) .22 (.83 liters) .15 (.57 liters) 2.0 (7.6 liters) 2.0 (7.6 liters)
  • Page 42 Lubricate the gear on the motor, and the valve cam gear with Molykote grease, or other high quality gear lubricant. Be sure to orient switch as shown, with lever toward the cam. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Motor plate screws Switch...
  • Page 43 When the brine valve closes to end brine draw, water flow continues in the same directions to slowly RINSE brine from the resin bed and to the drain. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 SERVICE CYCLE To Valve Inlet (Soft Water)
  • Page 44 As the valve rotates, the position switch lever drops to open the circuit. The valve remains positioned in service until the electronic timer initiates the next regeneration. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 BACKWASH CYCLE Bypass Hard Water To Valve...
  • Page 45: Exploded Views And Parts Lists

    Notes...
  • Page 46 Kenmore MODEL Nos. 625.384260 and 625.394260 Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Exploded View Rating Decal Location...
  • Page 47 Resin Bed Cleaner 7287213 Parts Bag (includes parts marked with a 49 & 51). Order manuals separately if needed. 7282611 Owner’s Manual Not illustrated. Aligns with top of brinewell. Included in parts bag. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 pages 47,...
  • Page 48 Kenmore MODEL Nos. 625.384260 and 625.394260 INLET - OUTLET GROUNDING CLAMPS Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Exploded View...
  • Page 49 7094979 Insert 7092294 Retaining Ring 7176161 O-Ring, 15/16" x 9/16" 7221746 Brine Tube 7113016 Tubing Assembly (includes Key Nos. 14, 15 & 16) 7171349 Cone Screen 7248706 Grounding Kit Included in parts bag. Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345...
  • Page 50 Seal Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Exploded View Wear-Strip Cross-Section View...
  • Page 51 Part Description 7175238 C Ring 7214155 Bypass Body 7173016 O-Ring, 1.109 ID x 1.387 OD (4) 7172882 Stem 7214317 Bypass Valve (Complete) Questions? Call The Kenmore Water Line 1-800-426-9345 Parts List Part Number 7195482 7171145 7170319 7081104 1202600 7095030 1148800...
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  • bob Dec 06, 2016 04:30:
    Where do you find how to set the proper hardness setting, not the menu item, but how to calculate hardness level like in the manual for the model 625.383500​?