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Old 06-28-2007, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK relocating to Gilbert, AZ
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Default Referrals for Water Filtration/Softening Companies

Anyone out there have suggestions or certain companies to avoid? I'm looking at doing either just a softener or a reverse osmosis system? How much should I expect to pay including install? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-29-2007, 07:16 AM
 
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Best way to go with affordability and quality is Pure Tec. Go to Lowes, not Home Depot, and you can get it for around $930 installed in a house pre-plumbed. It's warranty is good too. For your money, it's as good as it gets for a 50,000 grain capacity unit. The company is local and they know how Phoenix water is. This is softener only, not sure about reverse osmosis. Check it out.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:25 AM
 
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Anyone out there have suggestions or certain companies to avoid? I'm looking at doing either just a softener or a reverse osmosis system? How much should I expect to pay including install? Any help is greatly appreciated.
We have had both softener and RO from Kinetico for 3 years with zero issues. We are very happy with the products. Website: Kinetico Arizona: Providing High Quality Water Treatment and Purification Systems
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Old 06-29-2007, 02:33 PM
 
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What does the RO system cost? Doesn't show unless I'm looking too quickly.
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Old 06-29-2007, 03:37 PM
 
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What does the RO system cost? Doesn't show unless I'm looking too quickly.
From Kiniteco? We had it installed for $1200. The filters last about a year. We are a family of 4 plus 2 dogs.
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Old 06-29-2007, 03:40 PM
 
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You can also pickup an RO system from Home Depot or Lowe's. The price ranges from ~$150 to over $300, depending on brand name and features -- for an under-the-sink mount system. You can have a local plumber install it for you for less than $100. Trying to get an RO system for the whole house would be a waste of money and water (RO systems use a lot more water than they produce).

However, keep in mind that Arizona has VERY hard water. Most RO systems will strongly suggest that you also use a softener, since hard water can wear out the RO filter very quickly.
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Old 06-29-2007, 04:19 PM
 
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Thanks! I see the RO systems at Lowes and Home Depot, but doubt if their quality matches with yours. I have the softener already, so is your Kinetico quote of $1200 the RO only, or does that include the softener?
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Old 06-29-2007, 04:44 PM
 
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Thanks! I see the RO systems at Lowes and Home Depot, but doubt if their quality matches with yours. I have the softener already, so is your Kinetico quote of $1200 the RO only, or does that include the softener?
Only RO... We had water softener installed for about $3000. We decided to go with Kiniteco RO because the RO that came with the house started to leak just a few months after we moved in. The house was about 2 years old at that time. The leaking RO looked similar to what Home Depot was selling. May be the unit was just a defect one or the installation was not done properly.
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:07 PM
 
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I installed an under sink RO I bought at home depot because I got sick of filling up water jugs at the supermarket. The hardest part was drilling a hole in the counter for the tap.
I have a 6yo GE softener which I have repaired myself several times with minor parts. I've read that they are not reliable. I would go with something else for my next unit.
Another alternative to RO is to get bottled water delivered.
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Old 06-30-2007, 11:32 AM
 
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joemamma!! Awesome handle. Thanks for the post. If you had it delivered before, is the convenience of having no water bottles hanging around well worth the money? I know there are a ton of under the sink filtration devices. Some are good, and some take your money. For $300-$400, are they just a unit you buy waiting to be replaced? I guess it depends on how much you want to spend.
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