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Water softeners are interesting and important devices.
A water softener is one type of many ion exchange devices used for water improvement. It has many useful applications in water treatment. For example, it does a good job of removing moderate amounts of iron from well water if the pH of the water is low. But its most common use is the removal of the “hardness” ions calcium and magnesium that cause scale buildup in plumbing, staining of fixtures, and spotting of glassware in dishwashers. Soap does not lather well in hard water and hot water appliances experience a heavy buildup of deposits that reduces their effectiveness and shortens their lifespan. Softeners cure those problems.
Please go here for an illustrated picture of a Fleck 5600 Softener and an explanation of how softeners work.
As with everything in our imperfect world, however, the advantages produced by softeners are accompanied by some disadvantages. Actually, hardness minerals aren't removed, but “exchanged” for sodium. Softened water has an elevated sodium content which can have both negative implications in terms of both health and aesthetics. Soft water is better for your plumbing, but it may not be better for your heart or your house plants. That's why softeners are so often sold with reverse osmosis drinking water systems. The reverse osmosis unit takes out the salt that the softener puts in. Another obvious disadvantage we should mention is that with a softener you'll have to buy big bags of salt, lug them around, and pour them into the softener's brine tank. Many people also dislike the “slick” feel of softened water.
Softeners also have negative environmental impact. They add sodium to waste water that becomes a serious contaminant and a major recycling problem for municipal water departments. In some areas, they are actually banned or their use is severely regulated.
Go here for a picture of the 24,000 grain model. All styles are similar in appearance.
Frankly, many people who buy softeners don't need one. Although a water softener can change water that's virtually unusable to something delightful, often people who have only moderately hard water are “sold” softeners (under a variety of names) by high-pressure home demonstrators who paint fearful pictures of the ill effects of untreated water and make glowing promises of money saved on soap purchases. (The soap you'll save won't pay the cost of the salt you'll buy.)
If you don't need a water softener, we urge you not to buy one. If you need one, they will turn terrible water into something good.
But if you do buy one, be aware that you don't have to pay $3,000.
We sell good, solid, basic softeners at a reasonable price. The softeners listed are the AquaAmerica brand and they are made by the Nelsen Corporation of Norton, Ohio, one of the nation's leading suppliers of top quality water filtration equipment. They use the old faithful Fleck 5600 control valve. It's ultra-reliable and designed to perform for many years. And it's as simple to program as the timer on your kitchen range. The other parts are all heavy duty standard industry stuff. Nothing trendy or irreplaceable. There are no hidden costs or extras, although we give a couple of options that make installation and operation easier.
The softeners use the standard timer control. They regenerate (renew their ability to “soften” hard water) on a regularschedule pre-selected by the owner. They are fully automatic. Please call (940) 382-3814 for help with sizing. (Bigger isn't always better.)
Note: New softeners come with resin. Go here to purchase replacement resin for an existing softener.
Also order one item from the following table:
Every softener needs one or the other.
Go here for bypass/yoke pictures & explanation of functions.
56YP34 — Standard Equipment: Plastic Yoke ending in 3/4" Male Pipe Thread, for 5600 and 2510 Filters. This is standard equipment on 5600 and 2510 filters. It will be included and added to the filter price if you don't specify another choice.
56BP34: Metal Bypass Valve ending in 3/4" Female Pipe Thread, for 5600 and 2510 Filters
56YP01: Plastic Yoke ending in 1" Male Pipe Thread, for 5600 and 2510 Filters
56BPM01: Metal Bypass Valve ending in 1" Female Pipe Thread, for 5600 and 2510 Filters
Items in this group are optional.
|BW522||Softener Upgrade to Econominder upgrades all softeners listed above to Fleck 5600 “Econominder” Meter Model. For a softener with a meter valve that regenerates according to usage rather than time.||$91.00|
|BW498||Softener Upgrade to SXT upgrades all softeners above to Fleck 5600 SXT Electronic Meter Models. For a softener valve that regenerates according to usage and is programmed electronically.||$132.00|
Please call or email for more information. (940) 382-3814 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(whole house & well units)
(listed by part numbers)