The little water softeners that come on sale at TSC or Canadian Tire seem like a great deal when they’re advertised in the flyers.
Keep in mind though, that in addition to the retail price, you have to; get it home by yourself, pay someone to hook it up and guess how it should be programmed. As well, the initial bags of salt to get you started are not included in the price.
- Is it guaranteed to work on your water supply?
- How long is the warranty?
- If you do have problems, who’s going to come out to fix it? (or do you have to disconnect it and return it to the store?)
- When you call the 1-800 number, who’s answering the phone on the other end?
From what we’ve observed since starting business in Huron County in 1989 is that these ‘retail’ units struggle to perform for any more than 4 or 5 years. Their life expectancy is short and you double your expense by having to replace it.
Don’t Throw Your Money Away
Do it right the first time.
One of the most important factors when it comes to reliability is the size. Having a properly sized water softener means that it will be able to do it’s job properly. Just like trying to pick up nails with a small magnet, trying to remove hardness from the water with a system that is too small isn’t going to work very well.
Bigger magnet = more nails.
Larger (properly sized) softener = more hardness removed.
At this house in Port Albert (Huron County just north of Goderich), we removed the small softener and installed a system that can remove ALL the hardness and ALL the iron.
It monitors the home owners water usage and adjusts the cleaning cycle as needed. This makes it extremely efficient and, even though it is a larger water softener than the one it replaced, it will use about the same amount of salt.
Instead of buying bottled water and having to lug the heavy jugs home and flip them upside down on a cooler, the couple decided to have us install a reverse osmosis filtration system for them. As you can see in the picture, it has been mounted on the wall where it is out of the way and easy to change the filters. A single 3/8″ line goes up the wall and through the cabinet to a separate faucet that is mounted at the kitchen sink.
Super pure water is available for cooking and all their beverages.