Water Softener

Re: Water Softener

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:03 am

Hambden Bob wrote:We've got a Kinetico. Made around the corner in Newbury,Ohio. Runs on water pressure only. No timers,no electricity other than what our well pump uses. has a double resin chamber so that softened water is always available(one waiting in reserve) Uses softened water to do the regeneration process. Does extremely well on salt usage. Not cheap,but is fairly bullet-proof and has been in flawless function for 8 years now.

Me too, Kinetico going on 25 plus years, just replaced the float in the brine tank otherwise nothing else. New guy in the area carrying them is a little shakey, finally convinced the company to give me the information on how to set the newer designed float properly, his information just did not make sense to me :x .
2001Sierra
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent

Re: Water Softener

PostBy: JRDepew On: Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:57 am

Rob,

I went with a fleck unit almost 2 years ago now, it has been great. The nice thing about fleck and clack units is that you can service them yourself (or so I hear, hopefully I never have to!)

Joe
JRDepew
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 350

Re: Water Softener

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:04 am

I get a quote every year for a water softner and every year I say maybe next year. We really need one but they are $$$ and we never seem to have the money for it. Or when we finally do we have some other catastrophe that takes precedence over it.

Our water is so bad we replaced appliances that use water every few years. Our washer and dryer is a complete unit, the washer is now acting up and we've only had it for 3 years. Our hot water heater is leaking, we have only had that for 3 years as well. I'm sure the fridge is the next thing to go as that too is coming up on 3 years.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator


Re: Water Softener

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:27 am

We have 12ppm of calcium in the water but it tastes great. Showering without a softener is OK. Excess lime is scrapped off the skin with a bowie knife and stored in a bowl to be used as great abrasive toothpaste. No need for a softener and I get my daily calcium.
coalnewbie
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL AnthraKing 110K, Pocono110K,KStokr 90K, DVC
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93, Jotul 507
Baseburners & Antiques: Red Cross Invader 2
Coal Size/Type: Rice, Chestnut
Other Heating: Heating Oil CH, Toyotomi OM 22

Re: Water Softener

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:51 am

12 ppm is less than 1 grain per gallon of hardness...no wonder you don't need a softener. My water has 22 grains per gallon of hardness...without a functional softener my fixtures and water heater quickly start to fill with deposits.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Water Softener

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:55 am

IOF, it sounds like you have paid for a softener many times over with appliance replacements and repairs. The unit I just installed is double the capacity of most cabinet units and was $640 to the door. If you want help I am more than happy to help you size a softener and program it.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Water Softener

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:07 am

Rob R. wrote:IOF, it sounds like you have paid for a softener many times over with appliance replacements and repairs. The unit I just installed is double the capacity of most cabinet units and was $640 to the door. If you want help I am more than happy to help you size a softener and program it.


Don't I know it. My wife and I always make plans for it but by the time we get around to it one of our other appliances fails. So, we have to spend money that would go towards the softener to replace whatever appliance has been ruined by our terrible water. Help would be nice, because I have no idea what I'd even need to look for. Is it something I could do myself and actually save some $$$?
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: Water Softener

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:45 pm

You will need to have the water tested to see what you are dealing with, otherwise there is no way to properly select/size the equipment.

If you can do basic plumbing, you should be able to handle the install.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Water Softener

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:31 pm

Rob R. wrote:You will need to have the water tested to see what you are dealing with, otherwise there is no way to properly select/size the equipment.

If you can do basic plumbing, you should be able to handle the install.


I can do plumbing. We just had our water tested a month or so ago. I'll see if I can find the paperwork from it.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator