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Old 08-24-2014, 04:33 PM
 
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Several things to include durability, the ability to recharge while still getting softened water, flow control vs timed regeneration.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:15 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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The ability to get soft water during regeneration is nice - but IMO not a necessity. You can regenerate it at 2 am (which is when most do it), during which time most folks are asleep. My LEO/Firefighter/shift worker customers, I simply show how to set to regenerate during their sleep cycles, and for 99% of my customers, that does the job for them in an economical manner. I've not used time-based units in over 20 years - the metered units are simply too reliable - plus they negate worrying about vacation or "guest" cycles, etc.
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:49 PM
 
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Just installed Kenmore Elite Hybrid Water Softener on our own. The difference in water quality has been obviously improved. The water tastes a bit salty. Hopefully it will go away.
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Old 11-22-2014, 01:53 PM
 
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Shouldn't taste salty at all.
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Old 11-22-2014, 04:01 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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No, it shouldn't. Make need to adjust your final/flush rinse a bit.
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Old 11-22-2014, 05:02 PM
 
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i am not looking to do the system myself. my house is pre plumb for system but would like some recommendations for good companies that install systems.
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Old 11-22-2014, 06:10 PM
 
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Hey TexasRedneck, I have seen many of your well-informed posts on here and am interested in getting a quote from you. I sent you a PM with further information. I look forward to hearing back from you. Thanks.
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I researched 'em for about a month and got one of these for $1,000 installed total including tax (pre-existing loop). That was $400 less than the lowest bid I got. Very good unit with lots of variables you can control.
Some bids were over $2,000 for the same unit.

Call this local wholesaler for a recommended retail installer: Charger Water Treatment Products San Antonio TX, 782384531
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:39 PM
 
Location: 1604 & Potranco Area
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The "doesn't use electricity" thing is a total gimmick...

According to the Nevada Power website a water softener only uses about 19kwh a year at CPS rates of 10.3 cents that is only $1.96 per year...and for that you give up may features of the electronic Fleck valve mentioned above.

Source
https://www.nvenergy.com/brochures_a...e_use_gide.pdf

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Fuel Charges and Your Bill
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:53 PM
 
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Turn-key installed usually runs about the same as it does for someone that "sources out" a unit if you shop around for a complete system on a preplumbed house. The "miracle" units that use no salt and other gadgetry make the rounds every 5 years or so, and end up being ineffective, except for removing you money from your wallet.

SOME homes can be plumbed fairly inexpensively, but most end up running around $1800 or so to do the plumbing if you use a good, licensed plumber. I "hook up" my customers with a good plumber that will do the job RIGHT to begin with.

I HIGHLY recommend the Fleck 5600 control valve, primarily because it's been around since the mid-70's. I have converted their older time-based units into metered units for far less than a new softener would cost, and they have the same end results. The newer units with the metering ability are simple, rugged and pretty bullet-proof.

You can PM me for pricing and info. I DO have to do a site visit to be able to guarantee the pricing, but I can give you a 99% accurate quote on a preplumbed house via email, subject to final inspection. And, no - I do NOT require that both be present on the visit - it's a call to check installation requirements, NOT a sales call - takes about 15 minutes, unless you have questions.
Interested in a whole house water softener, but don't want to spend $5K +. House is preplumbed & less than 1 yr old. What do you recommend?
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