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Kenmore 625.3485400 Owner's Manual

Kenmore water softeners 625.3485400, 625.3485500 owner's manual
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Super Capacity Genius
Super Capacity Genius
Read and Follow
All Safety Rules and
Operating Instructions
Before First Use of
This Product.
If you have questions when
installing, operating or main-
taining your softener, and
when setting the timer, call
this toll--free number...
1- -800- -426- -9345
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 USA
Water Softeners
u Warranty
u Start Up / Setting Timer
u How It Works
u Care Of
u Specifications
u Repair Parts
Use plastic bag and tie provided, to hang manuals nearby
the softener for future reference.


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  • Page 1 OWNER’ S MANUAL MODEL NOS. 625.3485400 Super Capacity Genius 625.3485500 Super Capacity Genius Caution: Read and Follow All Safety Rules and Operating Instructions Before First Use of This Product. If you have questions when installing, operating or main- taining your softener, and when setting the timer, call this toll--free number...
  • Page 2 SEARS RESIDENTIAL WATER SOFTENER FULL TEN YEAR WARRANTY AGAINST LEAKS For ten years from the date of purchase, Sears will furnish and install a new current model water softener tank or salt storage drum, free of charge, if either the tank or drum develop a leak. FULL THREE YEAR ELECTRONICS WARRANTY For a period of three years from date of purchase, Sears will replace the BRINE TANK LIGHT, ELECTRONIC BOARD, SENSOR HOUSING, WIRING HARNESS, TRANSFORMER, MICRO...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

  • Page 4: Safety Guides

    SAFETY GUIDES s Read all steps, guides and rules carefully be- fore installing and using your new water softener. Follow all steps exactly to correctly install. Fail- ure to follow them could cause personal injury or property damage. Reading this book will also help you to get all of the benefits from your water softener.
  • Page 5: Check List Of Step-By-Step Guides To Install

    CHECK LIST OF ALL STEP-BY-STEP GUIDES TO INSTALL Refer to the Installation Manual, part no. 7141417, for step-by-step guides. To be sure you have done all the steps to install the softener, read the following list. Page num- bers referred to are in the Installation Manual. 4 Is the house water flow going INTO the soft- ener valve INLET? Trace piping to be sure.
  • Page 6: Program The Timer

    FIG. 1 When the transformer is plugged in, the model code AR31, and a test number (example: A1.0) show in the face plate display for 4 seconds. Then, 12:00 AM and PRESENT TIME begin to flash. NOTE: If AR-- shows in the display, press the UP DOWN button until AR31 shows.
  • Page 7 SET WATER HARDNESS NUMBER: n Press the #1 SELECT button once to display 15 (flashing) and HARDNESS. The grains per gallon (gpg) hardness of your water sup- ply is on your water analysis report. Be sure to enter water test results on page 2, for future reference.
  • Page 8: Sanitizing The Water Softener

    Care is taken at the factory to keep your water softener clean and sanitary. Materials used to make the softener will not infect or contaminate your water supply, and will not cause bacteria to form or grow. However, during shipping, stor- age, installing and operating, bacteria could get into the softener.
  • Page 9: Fill The Storage Tank With Salt

    FILL THE STORAGE TANK WITH SALT Brine (salt dissolved in water) is needed for each and every regeneration. The water for making brine is metered into the salt storage tank by the softener. However, you must keep the tank filled with salt.
  • Page 10: How Your Water Softener Works

    EXTRA RECHARGE Sometimes, a manually started regeneration (recharge) may be desired, or needed. Two examples are: - -You have used more water than usual (guests visiting) and you may run out of soft water before the next timer started regeneration. - - You did not refill the softener with salt before it was gone.
  • Page 11 TANK LIGHT To light the inside of the salt storage tank, press the TANK LIGHT button on the face plate. Press the same button again to turn the light off, or it will go off automatically in 4 minutes. WATER FLOW RATE THROUGH THE SOFTENER To view the gallon per minute water flow rate through the softener, if not already displayed, press the #2 SELECT button.
  • Page 12: Soft Water Service And Regeneration

    SOFT WATER SERVICE AND REGENERATION SERVICE When the softener is giving you soft water, it is called “Service”. During service, hard water comes from the house main water pipe into the softener. Inside the softener resin tank is a bed made up of thousands of tiny, plastic resin beads (FIG.
  • Page 13 SOFT WATER SERVICE AND REGENERATION BRINING: During brining, the brine is moved © from the salt storage area, into the resin tank. Inside the resin tank, brine cleans hardness minerals from the resin beads and they are discharged out the drain. How much brine is needed to clean the resin depends on: - -the amount of resin in the softener, - -how fast the brine goes through the bed.
  • Page 14 SOFT WATER SERVICE AND REGENERATION AUTOMATIC BYPASS During the brining, brine rinse and backwash cycles of regeneration, HARD water goes through the softener valve and to the house pipes. If a faucet is opened, hard water is there for your needs. However, you should not use HOT water, if possible, because the water heater will refill with hard water.
  • Page 15: Care Of Your Softener

    SALT¼ REFILLING STORAGE TANK/BREAKING A SALT BRIDGE WHEN TO REFILL WITH SALT: The Salt Monitor System (see page 10) will turn on the low salt light to warn you when to refill with salt. Check for a low salt light a few weeks after you install the softener, and every week after that.
  • Page 16: Keeping The Water Softener Clean

    KEEPING THE WATER SOFTENER CLEAN COVERS To keep your new Sears water softener looking nice, apply a coat of paste wax and repeat once a year. When dusty, wipe it with a damp cloth to keep it sparkling. NOZZLE & VENTURI A clean nozzle and venturi (FIG.
  • Page 17: Keep The Softener From Freezing

    KEEP THE SOFTENER FROM FREEZING If the softener is installed where it could freeze (summer cabin, lake home, etc.), you must drain all water from it to stop possible freeze damage. To drain the softener — Close the shut-off valve on the house main water pipe, near the water meter or pressure tank.
  • Page 18: Helpful Hints Checklist

    If your water softener fails to work, make the following easy checks. Often, you will find what’ s wrong yourself and you won’ t have to call and wait for service. If, after making the checks, your softener still does not work right, call your Sears Service Department. NOTE: 1.
  • Page 19: Other Things To Know

    FIG. 12 BYPASS VALVES MODEL NO. 625.3485400 AND 625.3485500 NOTE: Please see the rating decal for water softener operating capacity, salt usage and service flow rate/pressure loss performance specifications. Performance specifications are validated by the Water Quality Association (WQA). The rating decal is located on the rim, under the salt hole cover (see page 28).
  • Page 20: Service Tech Information

    TROUBLESHOOTING Keep this manual with your water softener. If repairs are needed, the service technician must have the information on the following 8 pages. For telephone assistance, call toll free, 1- -800--426--9345. ALWAYS MAKE THESE INITIAL CHECKS FIRST Does the time display show the correct time of day? - -- -If display is blank, check power source to the soft- ener.
  • Page 21 AUTOMATIC ELECTRONIC DIAGNOSTICS The face plate computer has a self-diagnostic function for the electrical system (except input power and water meter). The computer monitors the elec- tronic components and circuits for correct operation. If a malfunction occurs, an error code appears in the face plate display.
  • Page 22 WATER METER TURBINE: With soft water in use, the turbine flow rate display continually repeats a 000 to 199 count for each gallon of water passing through the turbine. The display will remain a steady¼ 000 if soft water is not in use (open a nearby soft water faucet to check).
  • Page 23 ¼ defective nozzle and venturi seal. ¼ other inner valve defect (rotor seal, rotor & disc, wave washer, etc.). TROUBLESHOOTING NOTE: If water system pressure is low, an elevated drain hose may cause back pressure, stopping brine draw. Again press ON/OFF-HOLD to move the softener into backwash.
  • Page 24: Rotary Valve Service

    Before working on the valve, turn off the water supply and disconnect from electrical power. TO RELIEVE PRESSURE: ----3 VALVE BYPASS: Close the inlet valve and open a soft water faucet. Then close the outlet valve and open the bypass valve. ----SEARS SPECIAL BYPASS: Slide the bypass valve stem to bypass position.
  • Page 25: 5C .. Water Flow Through The Softener Valve

    5C .. WATER FLOW THROUGH THE SOFTENER VALVE SERVICE CYCLE Hard water enters the valve inlet port. Internal valve porting routes the water down and out the top distributor, into the resin tank. Hard water is softened as it passes through the resin bed, then enters the bottom distributor. Soft water flows back into the valve and out the valve outlet, to the house soft water pipes.
  • Page 26 5C. WATER FLOW THROUGH THE SOFTENER VALVE BRINING AND BRINE RINSE CYCLES After fill, timer/switch action allows the motor to turn the rotor and disc into BRINING position. Water flow is directed to the nozzle. Suction, created by the nozzle and venturi, draws brine from the salt storage tank and injects it into the resin bed via the bottom distributor.
  • Page 27 SECTION 5 SERVICE TECH INFORMATION 5C. WATER FLOW THROUGH THE SOFTENER VALVE FAST RINSE CYCLE During FAST RINSE, the rotor & disc is positioned so water flow enters the resin tank through the top distributor, and exits through the bottom distributor, to the drain.
  • Page 28: Repair Parts

    7118333 Wire Harness (switch) 7084330 Power Cord (transformer) 7144986 Timer Repl. (PWA) 7137638 Face Plate (order req’ d decal) 7137688 Face Plate Decal, Mod 625.3485400 7141483 Face Plate Decal, Mod 625.3485500 7139486 7137727 Brinewell Cover 7143964 Wing Nut, 1/4² 7100819...
  • Page 29 SEARS WATER SOFTENERS MODEL NOS. 625.3485400 AND 625.3485500 PART NUMBER 0505957 Lead Washer 0513860 Float Stop 7092317 Float 0516947 Float Seal 7093216 Float Rod & Stem 7092278 Guide Cap 0900535 O-Ring 15/16 x 1-3/16 0516211 Seal 0516924 Retainer, Bottom Seal...
  • Page 30 SECTION 6 REPAIR PARTS SEARS WATER SOFTENERS MODEL NOS. 625.3485400 AND 625.3485500...
  • Page 31: Parts List

    SEARS WATER SOFTENERS MODEL NOS. 625.3485400 AND 625.3485500 PART DESCRIPTION NUMBER 7131755 Screw, #6-20 x 7/8 (2 req.) 7133008 Motor (incl. 2 ea. of Key No. 50) 0900857 Screw, #6-20 x 3/8 (2 req.) 7117808 Motor Plate 0503288 Bearing 7113927...
  • Page 32 OWNER’ S MANUAL MODEL NOS. 625.3483400 625.3483500 The model number of your water softener is found on the rating de- cal. This decal is on the rim, under the salt cover. When requesting service or ordering parts, always provide the following in- formation: z Product Type z Model Number...

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