After putting up with hard water that tastes like crap and eats my plumbing, i have decided to do something about it.
Got my water tested at sears last night. they did the test right there in 10 minutes with a small (few ounce) sample. The results were hardness of 4 (moderately hard) don't recall the units used, pH of 7, no iron.
A few years back I brought a sample to a local plumbing supply place that did what seemed to me, a more thorough test. Don't recall the results exactly other than they said it was hard and acidic. At the time I decided to live with my hard acid water. Getting tired of replacing faucets though.
So, my question is, is the recently done test at sears a reliable one? Or do you get what you pay for with an instant free test?
According to the sears test, their 400 dollar kenmore model will do me fine.
From what I've read on the internet, yeah, it will.....for 3 or 4 years. I am also considering buying a higher quality used unit as I find that old good stuff trumps new junk any day of the week. I am an electromechanical technician by trade and am pretty comfortable working with that type of stuff. Would taking my chances with a good quality used unit I find on craigslist be my best bet, knowing that I might need to do a little work on it. Even if it means calling in a real water system tech if need be?
Some of the listings I've found on CL are Culligan mark 89, Fleck Model 5600 Econominder and a Kinetico model 60.
My impression is that the model 60 is a very good unit, but, may not be so DIY friendly as the parts are proprietary.
One other question. My sister in law has a culligan cullsorb system in her house that has been in bypass since she bought the place 5 years ago. She says it's mine if I want it. From what I have read about it, it won't help with softening, but might help with overall water quality.
Should I throw this thing in and see what happens? It will only cost me a few hours and a little solder. Alerady got enough valves and pipe laying around from past projects.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.