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    Exclamation What is the best water softener?

    Looking for a brand/model that is true 24x7 soft water without the regeneration (cleaning? whatever it is) break.

    Kinetico? Feedback?

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    http://www.aquatell.ca/water-softeners/fleck-9100sxt

    If you want a 2 tank system.

    Do you really use your water 24/7?

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    Fleck has some of the best valve sets in the industry, that is what I have in my house as well.

    Mine also has true 1" internals so I get great flow through it, and it monitors water usage so it only regens only when it needs, saving water and material. Which is good, because I soften my entire household supply using potassium instead of salt.

    It is just a single tank system, it regenerates quietly at 2:00am every 2 weeks or so... I don't know why anybody would need to have softened water at 2:00am, lol.
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    Thanks guys.

    Any dealer recommendations for Fleck systems in Calgary?
    I didn't realize you could set a regen timer on it, if that's the case every 2wks at 2AM is no big deal and a single tank would be fine.

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    There are a bunch of settings. It will regen after 2 weeks or if you have used a certain amount of water. which ever is earlier.

    It will also only regen at a specified time. When you program it, you build in a lot of leeway, so if you go over the amount of water, it won't regen in the middle of the day.

    I ordered mine from Aquatell and install myself with about $30 worth of supplies.

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    +1 for the Fleck 9100 valve

    and agreed with Benyl on ordering from Aquatell and install yourself (assuming you're working with PEX).
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    I use one from Costco, was like $399 or $450 or something, got one at home and installed same one at parents, work perfectly fine. No point of spending crazy money on something simple. Mine regenerates like 3am every 10 days or so.

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    While youre at it, get a whole house water filter system as well. Well worth it to help the H/W heater, softener and other appliances in the house. You can slightly lower the amount of softening required.

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    I have a Kinetico system. As for feedback I've never had an issue with it and works flawlessly.

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    -bump-

    Bought the one from Costco, can someone recommend an installer ?
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    Call Derek at BRM

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    Did a great job on my install.

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    Originally posted by BigShow
    Call Derek at BRM

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    Did a great job on my install.
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    Originally posted by deee_wreck
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    Bought the one from Costco, can someone recommend an installer ?
    I posted pictures of my install and the part numbers required for the trickiest pieces, rest is easy with pex crimper, like lego.

    http://forums.beyond.ca/st2/water-so...postid=4289049

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    Got two quotes , one from BRM ($250+tax), water solutions (aka jug free ) $195+tax

    Spoke to both, and scheduled water solutions for next week. He explained he'd install the by-pass, and throw in a couple bags of salt as well.

    I'd do it myself but, don't have the time nor equipment. Looking at the old posts you guys spent $70-$300 plus 3-4hours for installs. I don't wanna risk the leaks on my DIY project.

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    Default Re: What is the best water softener?

    I am planning to add a water softener to my home since we have hard water problems. I plan to also run a separate line off the softener so I can wash my cars.

    I am also planning on buying a electromagnetic water softener which my plumber recommends. This will allow it to be run through the entire house and be used for cooking, ice cubes and drinking.

    Have any of you had any experience with this kind of softener instead of the typical salt based systems.

    Thanks!

    Update: After researching for two or three hours on google I am finally going for Fleck 5600-SXT, this website also suggested that it is the best available right now, still if you guys have any better option please let me know. $700 is a big amount, so I don't want to take a chance.
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    When I was researching softeners, I saw a lot of electromagnetic ones on the internet... without going into a detail, they are a scam.

    If you want an alternative to salt you have 3 other realistic options:

    1) Potassium softening
    This is the way I went, it is more expensive, but the water won't kill your plants and it is supposed to be healthier for you

    Pro: Most salt softeners can be used to potassium (just a longer wash cycle) which keeps the installation cost down, proven and widely used
    Cons: More expensive than salt, hard to find places to buy potassium pellets

    2) Citrus Softening
    This works using a process called "chelation", and the main company that sells it is called NuvoH20. It does help reduce scale, however it is technically a water conditioner, and not a softener.

    Pros: Doesn't need electricity, simple install, not too expensive up front
    Cons: Gimmicky, questionable and unproven manufacturer testing results, expensive replacement cartridges (I think over 100$ a pop).

    3) Reverse Osmosis
    This is the guaranteed way to get the best water ever, however it is expensive and wastes a huge amount of water. You also need to add in minerals so it will taste decent after. Putting a system like this in a residential home is overkill and silly.

    Pros: It will remove everything from your water
    Cons: Stupid expensive upfront, hard to maintain, wastes a lot of water and energy, you have to buy minerals to add back into your water
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