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Morton Water Treatment Systems Electronic Programming
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Programming The Faceplate Timer upon installation, and after an extended power outage

When the transformer is plugged into the electrical outlet, 12:00AM (flashing), and PRESENT TIME show in the upper display area. A ‘‘beeper’’ sounds while pressing buttons for electronic control programming. One beep signals a change in the display. Repeated beeps means the electronic control will not accept a change from the button you have pressed, and you should use another.

To program the electronic control, you will use either the SELECT, UP or DOWN buttons.

Set present time of day

If the words PRESENT TIME do not show in the display, press the SELECT button until they do.

  • Press either the SELECT, UP or DOWN button to set. The UP button moves the display ahead; the DOWN button moves the time backward. Each press of the UP or DOWN button changes the time by one minute. Holding the buttons in changes the time 32minutes each second.
  • When the present time shows, press SELECT to apply.
  • If the present time is between noon and midnight, be sure PM shows.

Set water hardness number

If 25 (factory default) and HARDNESS do not show in the display, press the SELECT button until they
do.

  • Press either the SELECT, UP or DOWN button to set your water hardness number in the display. The DOWN button moves the display down to 1. The UP button moves the display up to 95,110, or 120, depending on the model code. Each press of the UP or DOWN button changes the display by 1 between 1 and 25. Above 25, the display changes 5 at a time; 25, 30, 35, etc. Holding a button in changes the numbers twice each second.
  • When your water hardness number shows, press SELECT to apply. You can get the grains per gallon (gpg) hardness of your water supply from a water analysis laboratory, or call and ask your local water department, if you are on a municipal supply. If your water supply contains ferrous (clear water) iron, increase the hardness setting to compensate for it as follows: Add 5 to the hardness number for each 1 ppm of iron.

Normal operation electronic control display

  • During normal operation, the present time of day, and AM or PM, show in the time display area.

  • When the demand computer determines a regeneration is needed, RECHARGE TONIGHT begins to flash in the display, along with the present time. RECHARGE TONIGHT flashes until the next regeneration start time, then changes to RECHARGE NOW, which flashes until the regeneration is over. The display also shows the current cycle in the regeneration process. When the valve is in transition between cycles, both indicators flash

Other Data Displays

With repeated presses of the DATA button, you can scan through four displays of operational information. This data appears in the bottom portion of the display area. These are:

CAPACITY (remaining) -- This is the percentage of water softening capacity remaining. Immediately after a regeneration, 100% shows. Then, as water is used, the percentage decreases until the next regeneration. During regenerations, the percentage increments upward. Zero (0%) shows until after the first regeneration begins, after connecting to electrical power.

FLOW RATE, GPM* -- When using soft water, this display shows the gallon per minute flow rate passing through the softener. Zero shows if water is not in use.

GALLONS* TODAY -- Each day, beginning at midnight, the electronic control keeps a running count of the total gallons of water passing through the softener.

AVERAGE DAILY GALLONS* -- The figure displayed is the average gallons of water used by the household each day, over the past seven day period.

If preferred, you can set the display to show the reading in liters instead of gallons, see page 20. If gallons today, or average daily gallons exceeds 1999, a (x 10) indicator appears. This means you must multiply the number shown times 10.

Optional Recharge Controls

Sometimes, a manually started regeneration (recharge) may be desired, or needed. Two examples are:

  • You have used more water than usual (house guests, extra washing, etc.) and you may run out of soft water before the next regeneration.
  • You did not refill the storage tank with salt before it was all gone.

Use one of the following features to start a regeneration immediately, or at the next preset regeneration start time.

  • RECHARGE NOW
    Press and hold in the RECHARGE button until RECHARGE NOW starts to flash in the time display area. The softener begins an immediate regeneration, and when over in about two hours, you will have a new supply of soft water. Once started, you cannot cancel this regeneration.
  • RECHARGE TONIGHT
    Touch (do not hold) the RECHARGE button, and RECHARGE TONIGHT flashes in the time display area. A regeneration will occur at the next preset regeneration start time. If you decide to cancel this regeneration, before it has started, touch the same button once more.

Vacation note: The Morton Demand water softener regenerates only while water is used and softening capacity must be restored. For this reason, the softener will not regenerate when you are away from home for extended periods.

Program Memory

If electrical power to the softener is interrupted, the time display is blank, but the electronic control keeps correct time for about 24 hours. When power is restored, you have to reset the present time only if the display is flashing. All other settings are maintained and never require resetting unless a change is desired.

If the time is flashing after a long power outage, the softener continues to work as it should to provide you with softwater. However, regenerations may occur at the wrong time of day until you reset the electronic
control to the correct time of day, page 12.

Regeneration (Starting) time
maximum days between regenerations
efficiency mode
heavy duty backwash
97% feature

Each of these settings has a factory set default value. The defaults are: Regeneration start time -- 2:00AM; Maximum days between regenerations -- 0 (display shows dY --); Efficiency Mode -- OFF; 97% Feature
-- OFF; Heavy duty backwash -- OFF. The defaults suit most installations. However, depending on water
supply quality, household peak water use hours, etc., adjustment is available to meet specific needs. To make
a change, read and do the following.

  • REGENERATION (START) TIME
    At the 2:00AM regeneration start time, the softener begins regenerations at that time. This is a good time in most households because water is not in use. If a different time would be better for your needs, do steps 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 to change the starting hour.
  • MAXIMUM DAYS BETWEEN REGENERATIONS
    The default setting allows the water softener to control regeneration frequency based on water usage
    readings from the water meter. It provides the most economical operation. You can set a maximum time (in days) between regenerations. For example, no more than 3 days will pass without a regeneration occurring if you set dY 3 in the display. A 1 to 7 day setting is available. To make a change from the default setting, do steps 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 10.
  • EFFICIENCY MODE
    When this feature is ON, the unit will operate at salt efficiencies of 4000 grains of hardness per pound of salt or higher. (May recharge more often using smaller salt dosage and less water). When this is ON, the efficiency icon will show in the lower right hand corner of the display. To make a change from the default setting, do steps 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10.
    • CALIFORNIA EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENT
      Your water softener has a “High Efficiency” feature with an “ON” or “OFF” setting. This softener setting is shipped in the “OFF” position, which utilizes the maximum rated capacity while most often achieving maximum salt efficiencies. When installing this unit in the State of California, you MUST turn this setting to the “ON” position which may initiate more frequent recharges, however it will operate at 4000 grains per pound of salt or higher. If you wish to turn the Salt Efficiency feature “ON” ( icon will show in display), follow the instructions on this page.
  • HEAVY DUTY BACKWASH
    When set to ON, the backwash cycle of regeneration will be 10 minutes long instead of the normal 7 minute length. This is beneficial on some water supplies high in iron or sediment content. To conserve water, on clean supplies, be sure OFF shows. To change this setting, do steps 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10.
  • SET 97% FEATURE
    By setting to On, unit will automatically recharge when 97% capacity has been
    used, at any time of day. To change this setting, do steps 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 10.

Beginning from the present time display, press and hold in the SELECT button until 2:00 AM begins to flash, RECHARGE TIME remains steady.

Press the up or down button to display the desired start time. The up button moves the time ahead; the down button moves the time backward. Press the SELECT button to select time and move to next setting.

dY -- flashes, with RECHARGE remaining steady. Pressing the up button will increase the number of days, the down button will decrease the number of days.

Press the SELECT button to select and move to next setting.

On flashes and the efficiency mode icon shows in the lower right hand corner of the screen. Use the up or down buttons to toggle the efficiency mode either ON or OFF.

You're new Morton Water Softener has been programmed for high capacity when shipped from the factory. To set the unit for high efficiency follow the directions above. Some states require setting you're water softener to high efficiency, check with you're local state code.

Press the SELECT button to select and move to next setting.

HEAVY BACKWASH and flashing OFF shows in the display. Use the up or down buttons to toggle the heavy backwash either ON or OFF.

Press the SELECT button to select and move to next setting.

Display toggles between 97 Recharge and OFF. Use the up or down buttons to toggle this setting either ON or OFF.

Press the SELECT button to select and return to the present time display.

Model Code
12 or 24 Hour Clock
Gallons or Liters

The model code is factory set at assembly and testing. The hour clock and water measure have factory set default values. The defaults are: 12 or 24 hour clock -- 12; Gallons or liters measure -- gallons. The model code should never require resetting, but to check, or to set if previously omitted, read below. The defaults suit most installations. However, to make a change, read and do the following.

  • MODEL CODE
    The electronic control must have the right model code set to operate the softener correctly. The correct model code for model MSD45E is A 45. If A - - - is flashing in the display, do steps 2, 3, 5 and 7. To check for the correct code setting, and to reset if needed, do steps 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7. 12 OR 24 HOUR CLOCK: With 12 hr set, all time displays are in standard clock time, 12:00AM to 11:59PM. If 24 hr is set, time displays are in military time... 0100 (1:00AM) to 0000 (midnight). To change from the 12 hr setting, do steps 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7.
  • GALLONS OR LITERS MEASURE
    All water flow rate and usage displays are in gallons with the default GALS setting. If reset to litErs, the same displays are shown in liters. Use steps 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7 to change.

Beginning from the present time display, press and hold in the SELECT button until 2:00 AM (or as otherwise set), and RECHARGE TIME begins to flash.

Press and hold in the SELECT button again. Either A -- -- -- or a previously set code will appear. If setting is needed, use the up or down button to set model code, as needed.

Press SELECT to select and move to next screen.

12 hr flashes along with TIME. To change the display to 24 hr, use the up button.Use the down button to reset to 12 hr.

Press SELECT to select and move to next screen.

GALS flashes, along with GALLONS. Use the up button to change to the liter setting. Use the down button to return to the gallon setting.

  

Press the SELECT button a final time to return to the present time display.

Automatic electronic diagnostics

The electronic control has a self--diagnostic function for the electrical system (except input power and water meter). The computer monitors the electronic components and circuits for correct operation. If a malfunction occurs, an error code appears in the display. While an error code is displayed, the RECHARGE and DATA buttons remain operable so you can perform the Manual Initiated Electronics Diagnostic.

 

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