I already tested my well water and know I need a 24,000 grain water softene
r, a 1cuft acid neutralizer, and a filter (of course). I can install mysel
f (very comfortable with plumbing). Things I know: I want regeneration upo
n demand (not by time only), and I don't need a dual tank system as I can l
ive with hard water for a regeneration cycle duration.
My question: how do I choose which manufacturer to go with?
All technical opinions and experience appreciated.
On 6/14/2015 11:43 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Not on point, but from your last sentence, above: You DO realize that
with on demand regeneration, the softener still performs the
regeneration at a specific time (I set mine for 2:00AM) making it
somewhat unlikely you'll draw much, if any, unsoftened water into your
Consumer's Reports? FWIW, I'm not a big fan of Sears but I bought one
of their top of the line units probably 15-17 years ago and it's still
performing well. YMMV
On Sun, 14 Jun 2015 21:43:11 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com wrote:
For the past 20 years we've used Ecowater systems. In our case it is
a dual tank as we run 1 million gallons a year through it. Trouble
free for many years.
Used to be a guy posting here that sold softeners. He recommended
anything that used Fleck valves.
Gary Slusser. I bought a unit from him before he went out of business.
I got the Clack valve, they stopped online sales which is part of the
reason he finally retired. He was superb at answering all questions via
email or phone. I was surprised he still has his website up, a lot of
good info there. http://www.qualitywaterassociates.com/
In my opinon, the best way to buy a water softener is to contact your local
water softener & salt supply company in your area and see what they offer. A
professional salt delivery company that's been in business for many years (at
least ten) knows what's best, can offer installation if needed and will be able
to service the softener when needed.
In my local area, the local company (actually ina nother city) rents me my
softener, (could have bought it, but way to expensive) and for a monthly charge
keeps it full of salt, does an semi-annual cleaning and will service for free if
(and when) it needs it. After five yers they replace with a newer model to keep
everything working without problems.
And their is best that money can buy; meaning very expensive. Two to three times
more money that I would spent at Sears or Lowe's. (But I will never have any
problems with a professional unit. And I will not have to replace it every 5-8
If you intend to do yourself, I would still call a local professional company
and see what they off. A cheap softener will not last, and the brands that the
locals sell, change by location.
Face it, it's just a tank, control, packing and beads. Some beads are better
than others, some controls are better than others, etc. You need to see what you
have avaliable locally to get the best machine. The opinon they offer will be
what they carry, but you can play off one againt the other and see what each
says about his unit being better that his competitors.
I would also ask when are they going on sale. Every company has sales to clean
out old inventory.
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