The old bypass valve leaked, despite changing out all the O-rings with the wrong size..

ApplianceGeneral Electric Water Softener


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

Robert From Brentwood, CA

May 25, 2014

Removed the 4 large plastic C-clips with help of the screwdriver. Turned off the house water supply and manhandled the heavy, fully-loaded softener unit out toward me until the connections slid apart. Then pulled the valve down to remove it from the 1" copper in and out pipes. Greased up the original O-rings (as I couldn't obtain replacements) and installed in reverse. Used the screwdriver to make sure the O-rings seated properly as they slid past the gaps where the C-clips attach. Didn't get it seated tightly the first time and everything in the garage got sprayed. Second time worked perfectly. Moral: Never do anything the first time...

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Part Number: PS311162

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