It is a excellant unit when used on the right conditions. Keep in mind
the size of the system. It is a packed bed design which will deliver a
highly efficient opperation. The unit should be prefiltered with a
sediment cartridge. Also do not apply on water with high iron. This
unit has been around for years. It is only been repackaged in the
2020c application. It will cost more than others but it is well worth
Hi Mike. Although I don't consider myself an expert... possibly you
mean me? It's been awhile.
Kinetico makes good equipment but.... like all others, it has to be
sized correctly and I'm sorry to say a lot is not.
IMO many Kinetico salespeople misrepresent their and other equipment
such as what I sell.
BTW, they sell the same Autotrol, Clack and Fleck based equipment I and
all independent dealers sell when their prospective customer won't pay
the high price for the Kinetico name.
The other thing is that they don't mention any of the disadvantages of
their equipment; especially their very teeny tiny softeners such as the
model being asked about here. Here is more info on that.
The model being asked about uses very small packed bed resin tanks (no
freeboard area meaning no bed expansion during backwash, which means
poor dirt removal. They insist on a prefilter because of that) and
upflow service with down flow brining. When one tank is in
regeneration, the house shares water use with the tank that is in
regeneration and only provides half the SFR (service flow rating) gpm
to the house. That allows hardness right through the softener to the
house. All softeners have a SFR based solely on the volume of resin in
the softener; it has nothing to do with the control valve being used on
the softener. Resin manufacturers state the SFR of their resins as
1-7.5 gpm per cubic foot. One cubic foot fits a 9" x 48" tank with 50%
of the resin bed depth as freeboard area; empty space for bed expansion
during backwash. The freeboard area in a 9x48" tank is roughly 15-18";
the bed depth is roughly 30" and 30" is stated as the minimum by all
The model in question is using 6" x possibly 18" tanks filled with
resin, no freeboard space and can't hold more than an 1/8 foot.
Another thing, IMO unless a family has a proven need for a twin tank
immediate regenerated softener, they don't need one and should save the
extra money and avoid the disadvantages of them.
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