Autotrol 255/440 Brine Problem
I'm having a problem reviving an Autotrol 255/440 softener which has been sitting in our basement for several years.
I totally emptied and cleaned the brine tank and its parts, as well as totally dismantled, cleaned, and put back together the upper part of the autotrol valve, including the screen, injector, valves, balls, etc.
I replaced the timer motor, which was bad, and have ordered a new screen/cap assembly (which cracked when I was cleaning it, but should not prohibit it from drawing brine).
I plugged it back in and added about 4 gallons of water in the brine tank and about 160 lbs. of salt, but the salt level has not changed after being back on for several days (sufficient time for the salt to dissolve).
The unit came with the house which is about 15 years old (I've been here for about 8, and the softener has not worked as long as I've been here), so it could not have been working for more than about 7 or 8 years assuming the original owners installed it when they moved in.
I can't, for the life of me, figure out what else to do other than chunk it and get a new one.