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Old 01-11-2010, 05:49 PM
 
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Can someone suggest me which water softener system is best to use in Indy? This is for a new construction (plumbing system ready for install) for a townhome for 2 persons (no jacuzzi/whirlpool).

I had a culligan rep come for a quote. He quoted $1500 which I felt was pricey. I intend to stay at this place for 3-4 years but do not want to be bothered by breakdowns or repairs.

I did not get a good feeling about the sales tactics of the rep, but looking beyond that is $1500 worth it? Should I go for the systems at Sears, Home depot etc?

Any comments, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:03 PM
 
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We have had Aqua systems units in our last 2 homes without issues and we never felt put off by any of the people that we dealt with. if you're not looking for a longterm stay though, why don't you rent one?
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:51 PM
 
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Thank you domergurl for the response. Culligan rep said the cost for renting is $60 per month plus additional costs for installing and refilling which over the 3-4 years will be more than $1500. As such the interest in buying.

Thanks again for the response.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:04 PM
 
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I would take a long look at Sears. They stand behind their product and are very reasonably priced.
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:31 AM
 
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Wow, that does sound pricey. Two years ago we had Culligan (out of Franklin) install our water softener for $1000. I thought that was a bit expensive, but am feeling better about it now! This is also for two people, no Jacuzzi. So I would definitely do some more comparison shopping; maybe call the Culligan in Franklin?
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:43 AM
 
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We have a Kinetico system and love it. Purchasing one may involve a slightly higher cash outlay at first, but we've found them to be more reliable than Culligan (just my opinion).
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:34 PM
 
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I happen to like Culligan even though it may be somewhat more expensive than others. It does a good job.
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:27 PM
 
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We had Culligan originally, but we found the double tanks on the Kinetico served us a little bit better, especially with all of the laundry we had when the children were growing up. We also saved on our electric bill (Kineticos don't use electricity).
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:00 PM
 
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Thank you everyone. I am glad I came here for answers. I will do more comparison shopping including calling Culligan from Franklin.

Grandma(in waiting) can you tell me how much your system costs and when you installed it?

Thanks again.
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:51 PM
 
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We installed it about eight years ago (it is warranted for ten years) and at that time, it was around $2000 installed. We got a larger model, though. There are smaller ones. As far as pricing now, I have no idea (I'm sure they've gone up somewhat in price) but it costs nothing for a consultation and they won't harrass you endlessly afterwards. They come in, tell you what they have and what would be best for your home and water usage, quote you a price and that's the last you'll hear from them unless you opt to purchase.

The only reservation I would have in you paying out that much is that you don't intend to be in your home for the length of time it would take for the extra cash outlay to be made up in savings, however you can take it with you and the original warranty is honored (unlike other softeners...with some, if you move it, it voids the warranty). They are sweet systems ...the best we've ever had.
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