Fleck’s new 5800 SXT & LXT seems to be the new hype in the industry. These valves are great whether it’s a softener or filter valve you are looking for. The 5800 LXT particularly has a much greater ease of programming then before. The valve is much more straight forward then any of its predecessors.
The LXT valve has such a great improvement to the programming. There is no hidden language or no calculations needed to figure out. The valve is smart enough to figure out all the calculations of dissolved salts, times required for backwash and even calculate the daily reserve capacity. The 5800 LXT and SXT learns your daily water usage after 4 weeks and calculates your reserve capacity according to that data. You’ll never have to run out of soft water again!
The average person can easily change the settings without any professional help. Programming has been very simplified where the person programming doesn’t even need to calculate times required for dissolving salt, uptake of brine, and even required backwash times.
Fleck still maintains their 5 year warranty on their new 5800 valves and so far… no complaints. When compared to off brand or cheap knockoffs, Fleck water softeners have no comparison. Fleck valves have been proven to withstand the test of time. Most of these valves typically last easily 15-20 years without any real issues. Even if you had to service a Fleck 5800 valve, the servicing of the unit is actually quite easy as well. The valve has all snap off locks which do not require any special tools so you can easily change any parts if necessary.
Compared to the Fleck 5600 SXT, the Fleck 5800 LXT could be a new standard in the future. The greatest part about this valve is the DC powered motor. The 5600 and 7000 valves have a much slower piston change during the regeneration/backwash cycle. Each time a 5600 or 7000 valve has a piston change, it takes about 30 seconds to a minute for the piston to move into position. However, the 5800 series only takes a one to two seconds to move into position.
Another great feature is the diagnostic analysis. The diagnostics on the 5800 are much easier to read for the average person so troubleshooting will be more of a breeze.
Overall, this valve is a great valve to have and this is a valve for the future. I highly recommend looking at this valve in the future if you plan to ever change your water softener. So when you get a chance, check out the whole house Fleck water softeners.