How to Install and Program an Autotrol Water Softener 268/760
An Autotrol water softener 268/760 is a metered water softener that uses a Logix series controller to monitor and adjust the regeneration cycles. This water softener can help you reduce the hardness and iron levels in your water, as well as improve the taste and quality of your water. In this article, we will guide you through the installation and programming steps of an Autotrol water softener 268/760.
Before you start installing your water softener, make sure you have the following tools and materials:
- A level, firm surface to place the softener tank and salt tank
- Access to the water main, drain line, and power outlet
- A bypass valve or shut-off valve to isolate the water softener from the water supply
- Pipe fittings, tubing, clamps, and connectors compatible with your plumbing system
- A pipe cutter, wrenches, pliers, tape measure, and plumber’s tape
- A water test kit to measure the hardness and iron levels of your water
- The Autotrol 268/760 valve, softener tank, salt tank, brine line, drain line, AC adapter, and installation manual (all included in your package)
Follow these steps to install your water softener:
- Turn off the water supply to your house and open a faucet to relieve the pressure.
- Locate a suitable place for your water softener near the water main, drain line, and power outlet. Make sure there is enough space for servicing and maintenance.
- Install a bypass valve or shut-off valve before and after the water softener to isolate it from the water supply.
- Attach the brine line (the clear plastic tubing) to the salt tank using the nut and ferrule provided. Make sure the tubing is not kinked or twisted.
- Attach the other end of the brine line to the valve using the same nut and ferrule. The brine line connection is marked with a “B” on the valve.
- Attach the drain line (the black plastic tubing) to the valve using the barbed fitting and clamp provided. The drain line connection is marked with a “D” on the valve.
- Run the drain line to a suitable drain point, such as a floor drain, laundry tub, or sump pit. Make sure the drain line has an air gap of at least 1.5 inches above the drain point to prevent backflow.
- Lubricate the o-rings on the bottom of the valve with silicone lubricant and insert them into the top of the softener tank. Make sure they are aligned properly.
- Lubricate the threads on the plumbing adapters (the metal fittings) with silicone lubricant and screw them into the inlet and outlet ports on the valve. The inlet port is marked with an arrow pointing into the valve.
- Connect your plumbing system to the plumbing adapters using pipe fittings, tubing, clamps, and connectors compatible with your plumbing system. Make sure there are no leaks or cross-connections.
- Plug in the AC adapter to a grounded power outlet and connect it to the valve.
- Turn on the water supply slowly and check for leaks. Open a faucet downstream of the water softener and let it run until clear.
Before you start programming your water softener, make sure you have tested your water for hardness and iron levels. You will need these values to set up your unit properly. Follow these steps to program your water softener:
- Press and hold both UP and DOWN buttons on the valve for 3 seconds to enter programming mode.
- The display will show “TD” (time of day). Use UP or DOWN buttons to set the current time of day (in 24-hour format). Press SET button to confirm.
- The display will show “RT” (regeneration time). Use UP or DOWN buttons to set the desired