This aQuatell water softener features the Autotrol 268 Performa valve with the Logix 762 controller. This valve/controller combination is the highest performing softener controller presently offered by Autotrol. As with all of our water softeners, we use high quality 8% cross linked resin to provide years of trouble free performance even on chlorinated water supplies. This softener ships complete with the brine tank, brine tank float assembly, bypass valve, and your choice of plumbing adapters.
The Autotrol 268 Valve with Logix 762 Controller
This combination of valve/controller is the most advanced presently offered by Autotrol. As powerful as this controller is, the Logix controller is very intuitive and quite easy for the average homeowner to program and understand. This is a metered valve - it measures the amount of water consumed and only regenerates the softener when required. Not only does the system measure water use, but a microprocessor stores these values and actively monitors daily water use patterns. The system then makes self-adjustments to the soft water reserve capacity. The advantage to the homeowner is more precise regeneration timing resulting is less salt consumption over time. The Autotrol Performa 268 / 762 has a non-volatile memory chip that stores user settings and information even during power loss. This valve features 1" internal porting providing superior flow rates while minimizing pressure loss.
Resin, Tanks, and other parts in this Water Softener
While the valve and controller are certainly critical parts of a water softener, there are many other bits and pieces required to make things work well. At aQuatell our standard resin is made by Carbochem and is an 8% cross linked cation-exchange resin. We have used this product for numerous years and it has proven to be an excellent performer in both chlorinated and non-chlorinated water supplies. In a typical application a homeowner can expect 10+ years of service from this resin, and perhaps much more. We are asked all the time about "specialty" resins made by numerous other resin manufacturers. While we can certainly use these other resins in a water softener build (we build each softener to spec) we don't think there is increased value to our typical residential customer. These specialty resins add cost without presenting much additional value. Please call us for more information about this if you think your application would benefit from a specialty resin product
All aQuatell water softeners come with a brine tank. The brine tank is a plastic container that holds the salt and brine solution used for the regeneration of a water softener. All aQuatell softeners come with a brine well which is a plastic tube inside the brine tank that holds the float assembly (which is also included in every build). We use a Fleck or GE brine float assembly (they are virtually identical, and of equal quality).
Connecting the brine tank to the softener is accomplished with the use an included plastic brine line. All aQuatell water softeners include a bypass valve which allows water to be directed through the softener or directed past the softener ("bypass mode"). The bypass valve is connected to the household plumbing by use of plumbing adapters which are also included in our standard softener build.